Former Rovers boss Dixon on drugs charge

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Former Doncaster Rovers boss Kerry Dixon has been charged with a drugs offence.

Dixon, aged 52, who was manager at Belle Vue during the 1996-97 season and also played 16 games for Rovers, has been charged with possession of a Class A drug following his arrest earlier this year.

Kim White, 46, of Jardine Way, Dunstable - the same address as Dixon - has also been charged with possession of a Class A controlled drug.

The pair will appear at Luton Magistrates’ Court on August 14 at 10am.

Dixon came to Rovers towards the end of a glittering career in which he was a goal-grabbing hero for both England and Chelsea.

He scored 193 goals for the London club between 1983 and 1992, and now works as a pundit for Chelsea’s in-house TV station Chelsea TV and is a club ambassador.

The club has refused to comment on his arrest or charge.

Dixon began at Doncaster in bizarre circumstances when he was appointed by controversial former benefactor Ken Richardson on the first day of the 1996-97 season - after then-serving boss Sammy Chung arrived at the stadium shortly before kick-off to find he had been sacked.

Dixon was later sacked, in August 1997, after a series of backroom bust-ups where it emerged he had no say in team selection, with Richardson himself picking the squad.

During a lengthy career he also played for Luton, Millwall, Watford, Reading, Southampton and Oxford and, after Rovers, was involved in non-league football.

He played eight times for England and scored twice in a 3-0 win over West Germany in 1985 when Bobby Robson’s squad was acclimatising to the conditions in Mexico ahead of the World Cup the following year.