As a member of Arsenal’s famously impenetrable defence of the ’80s and ’90s, Lee Dixon established himself as one of English football’s finest ever defenders. Upon retirement, he provided analysis for Match of the Day and other BBC football coverage, before moving to ITV Sport in 2012.
Lee started his career in football with an apprenticeship at Burnley before progressing on to Chester City, then to Bury and Stoke City, before being signed by Arsenal boss George Graham in January 1988. Dixon made his debut for Arsenal against Luton Town in February 1988.
The following season, as Dixon cemented his place in the team, Arsenal won their first league title in eighteen years in a dramatic final game of the season. A defensive mainstay in a successful Arsenal team, until his retirement in 2002, Lee Dixon‘s tenure at Arsenal saw him collect four league champion’s medals, three FA Cup winner’s medals and a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup medal.
He was named in the PFA Team of the Year twice, for the seasons 1989-90 and 1990-91.
Lee, along with Nigel Winterburn and captain Tony Adams, formed the core of the famed defensive line up which frequently crossed over from club to country. He made his England debut in April 1990 in a World Cup warm-up game against Czechoslovakia.
In total Lee won 22 caps, with his last appearance for England being in 1999 at Wembley against France. His impressive statistics as an Arsenal player tallied up 458 league appearances with 25 goals. Both he and Tony Adams retired from football after Arsenal’s 2002 double-winning season. Only Seaman and Keown then remained at the club from the defensive group Dixon had become associated with at Arsenal.
Since his playing retirement, Lee Dixon has worked as a football pundit and columnist. He began his television career working for the BBC, primarily on their Match of the Day and Football Focus programmes, but moved to ITV Sport in July 2012. He has also done charitable work, joining Lawrence Dallaglio in a sponsored bike ride for Sport Relief which raised over £986,000 for the charity.
What he offers
Alongside his media work, Lee Dixon has a number of business interests including a restaurant and involvement in a property company advising footballers on their property investments.
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