Chelsea Legend Kerry Dixon Charged with Possession of Class A Drug

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2014

Sep 1985:  Kerry Dixon of Chelsea in action during a Canon League Division One match against Watford at the Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, England. Watford won the match 3-1. \ Mandatory Credit: David  Cannon/Allsport
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Update from Thursday, June 19

Legendary Chelsea striker Kerry Dixon faces a Magistrates hearing in August after being charged over the possession of a Class A drug on Thursday.

Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail reported in May that Dixon had been arrested for the alleged dealing of cocaine, and BBC News' Dan Roan provides the latest:


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Kerry Dixon, Chelsea's third-highest goalscorer of all time, has reportedly been arrested on suspicion of dealing cocaine.

Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail confirms the news and indicates the effect a criminal charge could have on Dixon's career: "Kerry Dixon faces the sack from Chelsea after he was arrested on suspicion of dealing cocaine. The former Chelsea striker, who works for the club in various roles, has been questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs."

Apr 1985:  Portrait of Kerry Dixon of Chelsea during a Canon League Division One match against Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge in London. Chelsea won the match 1-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
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Ashton confirms Dixon was unavailable on Thursday night while indicating Chelsea "are refusing to comment," despite wishing to stress he "works for the club on an ad-hoc basis."

Anthony France of the Sun (subscription required) also reported a woman is being held, while Toby Keel of Yahoo! Eurosport posted an official police statement:

"A warrant was executed at an address in Dunstable on May 2," reads the release. "A man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. They have been released on bail."

Dixon's career began at Buckinghamshire side Chesham United, before he progressed to Oxford United and Reading. He arrived at Chelsea in 1982 and proceeded to rack up 193 goals for the club across a nine-year spell, just nine short of Bobby Tambling, per the Blues' website.

16 Jun 1985:  Kerry Dixon of England in action during a match against the USA in Los Angeles, California, USA. England won the match 5-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Tony  Duffy/Allsport
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Although Frank Lampard has since toppled Tambling's record haul, Dixon remains a favourite for those who worshipped the club prior to the Premier League era. Now 52 years old, Chelsea's site acknowledges "he was never the same player again" after a muscle injury in 1986.

He moved on to Southampton, Luton Town, Millwall, Watford and Doncaster Rovers before calling time on his playing career after a spell with Basildon United. Brief stints managing Doncaster, Hitchin Town and Dunstable followed, none of which heralded great success.

Even so, the former England international, who joined Chelsea for just £175,000 in 1983, would surely command a multi-million pound transfer these days.

Dixon currently works with Chelsea TV and is a regular entertainer during Stamford Bridge hospitality events, per Ashton. It is unlikely the club will keep him on their books if the alleged crime is proven to be true, souring the reputation of an individual whose playing career remains fondly remembered at the club today.