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Name Tony Adams
Gender Male
Birthplace Romford
Nationality UK
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc Another one-club man, Adams spent all 22 years of his professional career at Arsenal. Uniquely, he captained a title-winning team across three different decades, during which time he won four top-flight division titles, three FA Cups, two Football League Cups, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and two FA Community Shields. A true legend, he is considered one of the greatest Arsenal players of all time

Affiliation

Club as Coach Granada FC
  Chongqing Lifan [Youth Coach]
  Gabala FC
  Portsmouth
  Portsmouth [assistant to Harry Redknapp]
  Feyenoord
  Wycombe Wanderers
Club as Player Arsenal FC
Founding Sporting Chance

Relationship

Coach Arsene Wenger
Teammate Patrick Vieira
  Nigel Winterburn
  Lee Dixon
  Tony Adams
  Martin Keown

Notes

University Brunel University [sports science]

Notes

Sporting Chance A clinic to help sportsmen and women conquer drink, drug and gambling addiction
2003 11
Tony Adams was appointed manager of Wycombe Wanderers

2006 01 01 Retrieve

[Tony Adams on Thierry Henry] I’m always asked by Arsenal fans if I think Thierry Henry is the greatest ever Arsenal player. It’s impossible to answer, but he is the greatest player on the planet at present. You can see that he scares defences and players like that come round once in a blue moon

2006 01 02 Retrieve

[Tony Adams on Thierry Henry] I saw Henry before the ‘98 World Cup and he was playing left-wing, and even Arsene couldn’t have seen what he would develop into as a centre forward. Naturally because he played left-wing all those years he naturally slipped to that side and came up with that right-foot finish. It was always natural for him and he must have got about 50 goals just doing that move!

2009 02
Tony Adams failed at Fratton Park and was sacked after just 16 games in charge, after Portsmouth picked up on ten points

2016 10 10 Retrieve

[Tony Adams on Sir Alex Ferguson] Fergie (Sir Alex Ferguson) said I was a Manchester United player in the wrong shirt … I said he was an Arsenal manager in the wrong blazer

[Tony Adams on Arsenal Shirt] blazerPlay for the name on the front of the shirt and they’ll remember the name on the back

[Tony Adams on Loyalty] I will sign every contract Arsenal put in front of me without reading it

[Tony Adams on Winning] Those that say it is the taking part and not the winning that is important are, for me, wrong. It is the other way round

[Tony Adams on People] I don’t actually like people. I’m a longer and if I had my way I’d just walk my dogs every day, never talk to anyone and then die

2017 04 10 Retrieve

[Tony Adams on his old alcohol problems] There was a culture of drinking at that time. Not with every team but most teams went out for a drink after games and drank a lot. A couple of times I even played drunk… one was against Sheffield United. I’d been drinking the night before and when I got up I was still drunk. At that point, I couldn’t be sober so my solution was to drink again. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have been able to play in that game

I drank for 12 years and I didn’t want to stop. I was in prison. I fell down the stairs. But I still wanted to keep drinking

[Retiring from the game in 2002 to move into coaching, in 2015 he went under the knife for a heart operation] I felt a pain in training and they told me that I had to have a angioplasty

2017 04 11 Retrieve

[Tony Adams speaks at a press conference unveiling him as interim head coach of Granada FC] I’m very much an interim coach. I’m here to give the players a kick up the arse and win games. I have 40 years experience

2017 06 07 Retrieve

[Tony Adams offer a theory why he’s been overlooked by his former club] Perhaps Arsene thought I might be too challenging for him

2019 08 01 Retrieve

[Already set to miss the beginning of the 1996/97 campaign due to a long-term knee injury which nearly ruled him out of Euro ‘96, Arsenal skipper Tony Adams went on his last drinking spree following England’s semi-final defeat by Germany] For weeks, I drank myself into oblivion… After the boozy chaos of July and August, getting back to playing football was a godsend

2019 11 10 Retrieve

[Tony Adams defends Unai Emery and suggests what the real problem at Arsenal is] I think it is easier to blame the manager. I don’t think he is doing himself any favours at the moment, with the captaincy situation, for instance

Today, he got them organised but they just sat back and dropped so deep. The recruitment has been very poor for some years now. You have got to have characters in there. There are not any in the squad. It is difficult for him, he hasn’t got the players. The manager must be pulling his hair out. We came here expecting a good hiding and they got one. I do not think those players go out on the pitch and believe they will keep a clean sheet and it is infectious