Dixson's Delight at her Valley Debut
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 6:51AM BST, Sunday, 06 May 2012
Women’s team skipper and Charlton season ticket holder Kim Dixson is looking forward to the chance to to play at the Valley when her side face Tottenham next week.
“It will probably be one of the highlights of my career. I am a massive Charlton fan and try to go home and away so to get to play on the pitch is amazing.
The two sides will meet for the third time this season on Tuesday 15 May (KO 7.15pm) with the Addicks looking for revenge after their 2-0 London Cup semi final loss to Spurs in March.
Having worked her way through the club’s centre of excellence and gone on to play 116 games for her childhood club, the match will have a special significance for Dixson.
She said: “It will probably be one of the highlights of my career. I am a massive Charlton fan and try to go home and away so to get to play on the pitch is amazing.
“Even when I do stadium tours with work it’s outstanding just to look at everything, but to play on it will be a highlight, especially if I am captain on the day and leading the girls out.
“I think we owe Spurs so it will be a good game. The big pitch will suit us because we can play football on it. Hopefully we can have a few fans come down as well and support us.”
The girls are still training and will be looking to put on a good show for what will hopefully be a good crowd next week.
“We are training once a week now, just trying to keep ticking over ” Kim added.
“We owe Spurs big time so I’m looking forward to it. It’s a game at a big stadium, a Championship stadium, so hopefully the girls will be up for it and give them a good game.
“We had good opportunities to get further in the cups and blew all three of them, which was disappointing because we had a good season overall.
“We have to be proud of what we have done this year. We will finish fifth hopefully and we would have taken that at the start of the year.”
The women’s first and reserve teams were guests of sponsor PHSC plc at the final game of the season against Hartlepool on Saturday and joined in the celebrations when Johnnie Jackson lifted the League One trophy afterwards.
Having been to home and away games this season, Kim is looking forward to next year, adding: “Next year there will be a few more games against London clubs, if West Ham don’t go up and QPR go down.
“Then we have Millwall and Crystal Palace to look forward to and there are some big clubs in that league like Leeds and Birmingham, if they don’t go up. I’ll be looking forward to that and pencilling my fixtures in as soon as they come out.”