Tony Adams
Date of birth October 10 1966
Birthplace Romford
Nationality English
Previous clubs None
Date signed 30.1.84 from apprentice

6ft 3in England central defender, he has been at Arsenal since signing as an apprentice. He had a torrid start to his career as the tabloids latched on to his brave-hearted but unsophisticated approach, and made a mockery of him.

"Donkey" taunts followed him everywhere as he struggled to live up to Bobby Robson's prophecy that he would be a future captain of his country. This prediction was made in 1987, after Adams' international debut in a 4-2 victory over Spain.

Since then he has enjoyed a fluctuating international career. A poor showing by England in the 1988 European Championships cost Adams his place, and with Terry Butcher and Des Walker firmly established he failed to secure a place in the squad for the 1990 World Cup Finals.

It was not until after the 1992 European Championships that Adams' four-year international exile, bar a handful of caps, was ended, and since then he has rightfully commanded a regular place at the heart of England's defence.

He captained his country for the first time against Romania in October 1994. His career at Arsenal has seen similar highs and lows. A League Cup triumph in 1987 and winning the League Championship in 1989, at Anfield on the final day of the season, suggested that Arsenal's, and Tony Adams', futures were on a steady course.

But 1990 was the year that it all went wrong for Adams. Charged with drink driving after a near-fatal accident, Adams was sentenced to four months in prison. Just a few months earlier Adams had been devastated to learn of his omission from England's World Cup squad, and the defender and Arsenal captain also had to cope with the consequences of Arsenal's brawl with Manchester United players at Old Trafford.

Adams has, however, survived all this to become the foundation upon which Arsenal and England base their defence. Captain of Arsenal since 1988, he has led the club to the League title in 1989 and 1991, the Coca-Cola/FA Cup double in 1993 and the European Cup-Winners Cup in 1994.

The 95/96 season saw Adams struggle from mid January with persistent cartilage trouble. After a comeback in the reserves to prove his match fitness, he was elected by his fellow professionals to the Premier League side and went on to captain England throughout the European Championships, playing a solid anchor role while allowing

Adams Picture Archive  
Date Description View
27 Feb 97 Adams challanging Shearer
27 Feb 97 Adams keeping Lombardo at bay
27 Feb 97 Close up shot
27 Feb 97 Celebrating with the Cup
27 Feb 97 Playing for England
27 Feb 97 Celebrating with Ian Wright

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