Where is Lee Dixon now?
Lee Dixon’s fantastic career finally came to an end in 2002 when he retired at the age of 38 after winning numerous trophies with Arsenal across three decades.
Starting his career in the lower leagues with Burnley and Bury, Dixon moved to Arsenal in 1988 and spent 14 successful years there and was an integral part of the side’s famous defence of the late 80’s and 90’s.
During his Arsenal career, Dixon won numerous trophies including the League title four times, the League Cup, the FA Cup three times and the European Cup Winners Cup.
Dixon also gained 22 international caps whilst playing for Arsenal but never represented the side in a major tournament.
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Since retiring from playing, Dixon has concentrated on several business interests including the Riverside Brasserie in Bray, Berkshire, which he opened with his friend Heston Blumenthal.
Pals for many years, Dixon almost blinded Blumenthal in his right eye after a play fight on a ski trip to Switzerland.
Mucking around, Blumenthal had stuffed a toilet roll in Dixon’s mouth after accusing him of talking rubbish.
Dixon retaliated by hitting his friend with a toilet brush but unfortunately Blumenthal’s glasses had fallen off and the bristles (which were covered in bleach) went in his eye burning off six layers of his retina.
Luckily his sight was saved and the pair remain good friends, often going on wine-tasting trips to France.
Shortly after retiring from playing Dixon started a new career as a football pundit and was a regular pundit on the BBC for Match of the Day and Football Focus for eight years before leaving in July 2012 to join the BBC’s rivals ITV’s football coverage.
He is now one of the leading pundits for the channel’s coverage of the UEFA Champions League and England international games.
Dixon also provides punditry and co-commentates on Premier League games for US network NBC Sports.
A huge cycling fan, Dixon has completed numerous charity bike rides across the UK and mainland Europe.
He is also patron of his wife Yolande’s contemporary dance company, the Yorke Dance Project and has assisted in the production of some of company’s shows.
Dixon is one of a number of ex-professionals who sit on the FA’s retrospective diving panel which review suspected cases of what is being called ‘successful deception of a match official’.
In 2017 Dixon helped produce a documentary film on Arsenal’s 1989 last-gasp league title win titled simply ’89’.
The documentary was a huge success and received crtitical acclaim across the board.
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Lee Dixon: Premier League Statistics
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