Chelsea legend Kerry Dixon turns plumber after prison release
– Chelsea legend Kerry Dixon fits pipe for a living after serving nine months in prison
– Dixon is Chelsea’s third highest goal scorer of all time with 193 goals to his name
– The former England striker says he is sometimes recognised while fitting pipes in homes
– Dixon also played for Luton Town, Reading, Southampton, Millwall, Doncaster Rovers
Former Chelsea and England striker Kerry Dixon is working as a plumber following his release from prison.
The 55-year-old was jailed for nine months last year after being found guilty of assaulting a man in a pub in the early hours of May 15, 2014 which was caught on CCTV
Kerry Dixon arriving a court for his hearing
Dixon, who scored 147 goals for Chelsea allegedly assaulted 38-year-old father-of-two Ben Scoble who works as a builder.
He told the Sunday Star: “It’s a job at the end of the day. I needed a job and everyone needs to live somehow.
“I have to earn money. I’m trying to get my life back in order and do as much as I can to keep myself afloat.”
According to the Mirror the Chelsea legend punched Ben off his stool in the Nags Head pub in Dunstable in Bedfordshire then continued punching his victim while on the floor.
Dixon, played for Luton Town, Reading, Southampton, Millwall, and Doncaster Rovers, and earned eight caps for England.
He pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and said he acted in self defence but was convicted by a jury after a five-day hearing in June last year.
Dixon said he is sometimes recognised while he is on the job but he does not let it get to him.
Kerry Dixon during his days as a Chelsea player
He told the Star: “Whenever [the reaction] is negative I just get on with the work.
“What people think of me is beyond my control. If people say I’m an ex-con they’d be right. I know people might not let me move on.”
With 193 goals in total to his name, Dixon is Chelsea’s third highest goal scorer of all time, behind only Bobby Tambling and Frank Lampard. He is also eighth in the club’s all-time appearances list.
His only honours with the club were the two Second Division championship medals.