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Kim in action against Reading
Kim reaches her Century
Kim reaches her Century
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 1:35PM GMT, Friday, 02 December 2011
The 1-1 draw with Reading a fortnight ago saw a milestone for Kim Dixson – it was the skipper’s century of appearances for the Charlton Women’s team. After the game she spoke to cafcwomen.co.uk to reminisce over her career.

Q: You have just made your 100th appearance for Charlton, the team you support, how does that feel?

A: I just play and get on with it but to go back and look at it, it is really good. I think my first one was when I was 16 or 17 so it is a great achievement and I am proud of what I’ve done here and hopefully can continue. [Playing for Charlton] a dream come true and hopefully Stephen [King] can sort us out playing at the Valley soon – that would be even better. Last year was my first back after leaving for a year but I don’t really take [being captain] as too big a thing. I just try and lead by example as much as I can and try and get on with it and do my job. If I do my job hopefully everyone else does.

Q: With the amount of young players breaking into the first team, how important is your experience, and that of other, older players?

A: With my England stuff and I have been playing in the Premier League for quite a bit now so hopefully that can help. We have a young squad, which needs experienced players, which I think we have with [Becky] Duggan as well as Cori [Daniels] and [Emma] Beckett coming in. We are much stronger than last year across the board, which showed with the [1-1 draw against Reading] on Sunday - we would have given up last year.

Q: When you were installed as captain, Charlton had no players and got relegated that year. You are now back in the Premier League National Division. How big an achievement has that been?

A: It has always been a building process but I think now we have stabilised it and people are looking at Charlton and wanting to come to us. That is an achievement in itself because when we started we couldn’t get a team. To do it in such a short amount oftime as well. I think most people would have thought ‘oh Charlton are dead and that’s it’ but to have come back is miraculous really. Paul has done a fantastic job here and he doesn’t get enough credit. He has changed the whole ethos of the club – he wants to play football, he isn’t a manager that hits and hopes.

Q: What has been your best memory of playing for Charlton?

A: Last year was a very good year because we went on a little run and ended up as champions. It was very pleasing to go on the pitch at the Valley and get the applause. Looking back, though, it is when [Mortimer] first took over – when we scored our first goal and got our first point and it was Leeds away. We stayed up overnight, the pitch was shocking and for a point it felt like we won the league and that was a feeling I have never had before.

 

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