The Oxford defender joined Reading at the age of eight, after being knocked out of non-league Basingstoke, playing at Cheltenham and Lincoln City before the construction of Kasam Stadium.
It was a long way from a traditional academy to a player who played for England in the Under-19s along with Harry Winks, Reuben Loftus-Chick and Ben Chilwell.
But the 23-year-old believes that this is the right education as he has never lost his unwavering belief that he will one day play at the highest level.
“I got the opening doors, I’m ashamed to play 200 first-team games, and senior football gives you such a great experience,” said Dickie.
Oxford defender Rob Dyke is set to face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday
Dickey rose through the ranks at Reading but found a home with Oxford.
“I would recommend getting out there to play for any player at any age because it is men’s soccer, it gives you a lot of rest both on and off the pitch.”
Dixie has been an essential part of Oxford’s growth this season. Saturday’s loss at Milton Keynes was the first since September 7. They are knocking on the door of the play-offs and have already claimed the Premier League skull after beating West Ham 4–0 in the Carabao Cup.
He played Manchester City in the same competition last year and lost 3–0, but Dickie also believes the Cup run was an essential experience for Robinson’s men.
Dixie (right) has become an essential part of the rise of Oxford
Dickey said: “We beat West Ham, they put together a strong line-up, the fourth goal went in and we’re thinking: Wow – we’re here for the Premier League side.”
“You have to have the confidence that you can beat anybody. We had City last season, Pep Guardiola put a strong side, they always take it seriously, and they won 3–0.”
“But we’ve got better as a team. It’s clicked this season, and even when there were some bad results, in the beginning, we stick to our principles, and now we’re on such a good run Are. “
On Wednesday night, Dickamy faced Manchester City at Kassam Stadium.
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Dickie has gained a reputation as a beautiful ball-playing centre and is hoping that Oxford can visit this season, but he also has spots to play at a higher level.
He said: “As a footballer if you don’t believe you can get there you’ll never be able to make it. When I was sent on loan, I was thinking: Why shouldn’t I read?” But I never lost my faith, and it helped me in the end.
He said, “I want to play at the highest level. Promotion with Oxford will be fantastic, and this cup run has been a great experience. “