Addickted to Charlton
Report by She Kicks Magazine
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Women's Footy Magazine She Kicks had a chat with our skipper Kim Dixson recently and here's the interview
"He's still got a touch but he isn't so good at the running anymore"
Kim Dixson on Manager Paul Mortimer
SK - Got to be happy with the season so far?
KD - Yeah. We're third at the moment and we would have been happy being in the top half. I would have bitten your hand off to be in the top three, if you'd offered it at the start of the season. It's great because the way that Paul [Mortimer, manager] has got us playing - he wants us to play football - doesn't always get results but we have managed to do both.
SK - You have a pretty young team, do you feel extra responsibility being one of the 'senior' players?
KD - Not really. You're right though, we have a young squad. I think the average age of our midfield is about 18. I feel old at 24 playing centre midfield. We had new players come in at the start of the season and so we've got a balance of experience alongside some younger players who have stepped up. Players like Kit Graham, who is only 16, and Courteney Gibson who is 17, have come in and done an extraordinary job.
SK - Does coming into the season off the back of a promotion winning campaign give you an extra buzz in pre-season and a lift in games?
KD - Definately at pre-season everyone was up for it and we were also on our toes because new players came in - being promoted attracts players - we knew we had to put a shift in, in training or you would not get in the team. Some are also former players who came back. It builds strength in the squad, which is a bonus and they obviously already know the manager and the set up of the club so they settle in quickly.
SK - What kind of captain/leader are you?
KD - Emmm. I lead by example. If there is a need during a game for me to shout or moan then I will but I try just to encourage. I also think you train as you play, so I try and be as professional as I can in training too.
SK - Are you due a testimonial yet? You have been at the club on and off, for a long time now!
KD - I actually just passed my 100 games mark in December, against Aston Villa. So yes it's been a long time.
SK - You're Charlton through and through so did it feel weird then pulling on a Watford shirt when you played for them in the 09/10 season?
KD - A little bit. It was good to try a new club, a change but I didn't have the best season injury-wise. I was glad when I returned to Charlton, the travelling to Watford was hard, especially as I work for Charlton. I work for the Community Trust targetting different areas in Bexley and delivering sessions for kids, some with behavioural problems. It's a rewarding job.
SK - Have you unearthed any young female talents?
KD - I have done actually and because I am manager of Charlton U.15's I can easily get them trials or bring them into the squad.
SK - You have experienced playing for England at youth levels, do you have any ambitions to get back to international level or to play in the FAWSL?
KD - I was in the U23's but had a few years of injuries and so now that I'm back fully fiy it's something I'd like to aim for. Never say never I reckon. Although I'm nowhere near that level of form yet and at the moment the way that we're progressing as a team I'm enjoying it how it is (and personally I think it's weird playing football in the summer!) and in a few season's I'm sure we may be considering entering the FAWSL. If I do play in the WSL I'd rather do it with Charlton.
SK - What kind of manager is Paul? Is he quiet?
KD - I wouldn't call him quiet! He expects a lot from us, which I can understand because he knows we can do a lot better. He's an ex-pro which really helps, and he wants the club to be run as professionally as it can be - which is helped by having such a fantastic sponsor, not many clubs have sponsors as good as ours - he wants us to play a certain way, to play football. He tries to mix it with us in training sometimes. He's still got a touch but he isn't so good at the running anymore
SK - What's the Charlton changing room like before a game?
KD - Everyone is in their zone, thinking about the game ahead. Sometimes we have music on, which Harley Bennett sorts out but sometimes we don't.
SK - OK time to dish! Who is the LOUDEST?
KD - Sinead Boyer
SK - Funniest?
KD - Charley Clifford, she's always tripping up and falling over!
SK - Got the most skills?
KD - Emma Beckett has got good footwork
SK - Fittest?
KD - Gemma Bryan
SK - Best dancer?
KD - Oooh don't know. We'll have to have a dance off in the changing rooms!
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