POSITION        Forward

DATE OF BIRTH        Monday, 24th July 1961

PLACE OF BIRTH        Luton, Bedfordshire

DEBUT        Saturday, 27th August 1983 scoring twice in a 5-0 win at home to Derby County

CLUB CAREER        331 League apps (+4 as sub), 147 goals

A striker, Dixon started out as an apprentice with Tottenham Hotspur. He got his first taste of
League football playing for Reading.

In August 1983, Dixon joined Chelsea for £175,000. Pacy, good in the air and effective with both
feet, he proved to be a prolific marksman at Stamford Bridge (he scored 147 league goals in 335
appearances). In his first two seasons at Chelsea he scored 70 goals in just 102 games, and his
goal tally reached double figures in all but one of his seasons at the club.

On his England debut against West Germany in 1985 (during a friendly international tournament in
Mexico), Dixon scored twice in a 3-0 England win. He scored 2 further goals in his second
England appearance, but after that the goals dried up and he did not score for England again. He
was part of the England squad that went to the 1986 World Cup, but played only 6 minutes during
the tournament as a substitute for Gary Lineker. In total, Dixon won 8 international caps, and
would have earned more if Lineker had not been first choice - as usual, a Spurs player earning
his stripes ahead of a Chelsea player! (Only joking)

With 193 goals in total to his name, Dixon is Chelsea's second highest goal scorer of all time,
behind only Bobby Tambling. He left the club in 1992 and joined Southampton in a £575,000 deal.
However he left in February 1993 after only 9 league appearances and 2 goals, and joined Luton
Town on a free transfer. The highlight of his time at Luton was reaching the FA Cup semi-finals in
1994, before being knocked-out by his old club Chelsea. He scored 20 goals in 88 appearances
for Luton, followed by a spell in the Non League.

Kerry Dixon was my Roy of the Rovers. Not only was he a classy striker - but a classy English
striker. What more do you want in a hero? He will always be my number one ahead of any other
player for nostalgic reasons. If you were a child in the late 80s then Dixon was your hero; in the
late 90s, Zola; and in the 70s, Osgood. He looked cool, played cool, celebrated with two hands up
in the air and regularly banged in 20 goals a season. It is a shame he did not stay long enough to
achieve a proper  testimonial (A six a side game was pathetically organised).

Nowadays, he travels with Chelsea and always seems to be happy to mingle with the fans. I have
not been fortunate to bump into him on the European trips, but would find it bizarre to share the
company of a man who I worshipped as a young boy. It is strange though - I cannot remember a
single Kerry Dixon goal. Maybe it's the alcohol!
Dixon vs Arsenal 1984/5