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Tony Adams

Arsenal FC

66 caps, 5 goals, 1 own goal

P 66 W 26 D 26 L 13 F 101: A 50
*(actual F 97: A 49)
60% successful

1987-2000

disciplined:
3
captaincies:
15
minutes played:
5778

Profile
Full name Tony Alexander Adams MBE

(*Actual for and against are the goals scored
while the player was on the field.)

Born 10 October 1966 at Oldchurch Hospital, Romford, Essex [registered in Havering, December 1966].
Lived as a child in Foxlands Road, Dagenham. He attended Hunters Hall Primary School and Eastbrook Comprehensive, both in Dagenham.
Married to Jane M. Shea [registered in Havering, July 1992].
Height/Weight 6' 3", 13st 2lbs [2000]

Source

Barry J. Hugman's PFA Yearbook [2000] & FindMyPast.com.

Biographies Addicted - Tony Adams with Ian Ridley. [CollinsWillow. London 1998]
 

Massively-hyped autobiography of Arsenal's 1997-98 double-winning captain with much concentration, as the title suggests, on the problems of alcoholism which befell Adams earlier in the nineties. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s): Signed for Arsenal FC as a schoolboy in 1980, signing professional forms on 30 January 1984, two months after his league debut.  Adams went on to make 504 league appearances, scoring 32 goals, until his retirement in 2002.
Club honours: Football League Cup winners 1986-87, 1992-93, runners-up 1987-88; Football League Champions 1988-89, 1990-91; FA Charity Shield runners-up 1989, 1993, shared 1991, winners 1998, 1999; FA Cup winners 1992-93, 1997-98, 2001-02, runners-up 2000-01; European Cup Winners Cup winners 1993-94, runners-up 1994-95; UEFA Super Cup runners-up 1994; FA Premier League Champions 1997-98, 2001-02, runners-up 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01; UEFA Cup runners-up 1999-2000;
Individual honours PFA Division One Team of the Year 1986-87; PFA Premier League Team of the Year 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97; One of Football Leagues 100 Legends. Member of English Football Hall of Fame.
Distinctions Received Member of the British Empire.

Source

Barry J. Hugman's PFA Yearbook [2000].

Management Career

Club(s): Applied for the vacant managers position at Brentford FC in the 2001-02 close season, but his application was rejected.  Undeterred, Adams went on to manage Wycombe Wanderers FC from November 2003 to November 2004. He then took up minor coaching roles with Dutch sides Feyenoord Rotterdam and FC Utrecht, before becoming Harry Redknapp's assistant manager at Portsmouth FC on 28 June 2006. He took over managerial responsibilities on 25 October 2008, until his sacking on 9 February 2009. Appointed manager of Azerbaijan side, Gabala FC on 11 May 2010 until the end of the 2011-12 season.

Current Media

England Career

Player number 998th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Central defender.
First match No. 622, 18 February 1987, Spain 2 England 4, a friendly match at El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, aged 20 years 132 days.
Last match No. 773, 7 October 2000, England 0 Germany 1, a World Cup qualification match at Wembley Stadium, London, aged 33 years 363 days. Captain.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1990 (provisional), 1998; European Championships Finals 1988, 1996 & 2000;
Team honours None
Individual honours England B (four appearances, one goal), England U21 (five appearances, one goal), England Youth.
Distinctions Appointed Captain 24 August 2000 under Kevin Keegan, having already held the role under Terry Venables and Glenn Hoddle.

Beyond England

In September 2000 - as a result of his own experiences with alcoholism and drug addiction, Adams founded the Sporting Chance Clinic, a charitable foundation aimed at providing treatment, counselling and support for sports men and women suffering from drink, drug or gambling addictions. - Addicted, Tony Adams.

England Disgraced

On 6 May 1990, Adams crashed his Ford Sierra into a wall near his house in Southend-on-Sea, and when breathalysed he was found to be more than four times over the legal drink-drive limit. On 19 December that year, at Southend Crown Court, he was imprisoned for four months, being freed on 15 February 1991. - Addicted, Tony Adams.

 

Tony Adams - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
74+ 66 40 66 0 9 5778 5 1156 min 0 15 3
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Tony Adams - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 37 17 16 4 67 21 +46 10 20 1.811 0.568 67.6 +13
Away 21 7 10 4 23 15 +8 9 12 1.15 0.75 57.1 +3
Neutral 8 2 1 5 11 14 -3 1 2 1.375 1.75 31.3 -3
All 66 26 27 13 101 50 +51 20 34 1.554 0.769 59.8 +13

 

Tony Adams - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

14 6 5 3 23 8 +15 5 8 1.643 0.571 60.7 +3
WCF 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 0 2 1.75 1.00 62.5 +1
World Cup 18 8 6 4 30 12 +18 5 10 1.667 0.667 61.1 +4

ECP

10 4 4 2 23 6 +17 3 5 2.30 0.60 60.0 +2
ECF 9 2 3 4 12 13 -1 2 2 1.333 1.444 38.9 -2
European Championship 19 6 7 6 35 19 +22 5 7 1.842 1.00 50.0 =0
Rous Cup 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 0 1 1.00 0.667 66.7 +1
Friendly 26 11 12 3 33 16 +17 10 16 1.32 0.64 65.4 +8
All 66 26 27 13 101 50 +51 20 34 1.554 0.769 59.8 +13

 

Tony Adams - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP 1988-90 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
WCP 1992-94 9 4 3 2 19 7 +12 2 4 2.111 0.778 61.1 +2
WCP 1996-98 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 1 3 1.333 0.00 83.3 +2
WCP 2000-02 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
WCP All 14 6 5 3 23 8 +15 5 8 1.643 0.571 60.7 +3
World Cup Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1998 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 0 2 1.75 1.00 62.5 +1
WCF All 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 0 2 1.75 1.00 62.5 +1
World Cup Preliminary Competitions and Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1988-90 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
WC 1992-94 9 4 3 2 19 7 +12 2 4 2.111 0.778 61.1 +2
WC 1996-98 7 4 2 1 11 4 +7 1 5 1.571 0.571 71.4 +3
WC 2000-02 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
WC All 18 8 6 4 30 12 +18 5 10 1.667 0.667 61.1 +4
European Championship Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECP 1986-88 3 2 1 0 12 1 +11 1 2 4.00 0.333 83.3 +2
ECP 1990-92 2 0 2 0 2 2 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
ECP 1998-2000 5 2 1 2 9 3 +6 2 3 1.80 0.60 50.0 =0
ECP All 10 4 4 2 23 6 +17 3 5 2.30 0.60 60.0 +2
European Championship Final Tournament
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECF 1988 3 0 0 3 2 7 -5 1 0 0.667 2.333 0.00 -3
ECF 1996 5 2 3 0 8 3 +5 1 2 1.60 0.60 70.0 +2
ECF 2000 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0 0 2.00 3.00 0.00 -1
ECF All 9 2 3 4 12 13 -1 2 2 1.333 1.444 38.9 -2
European Championship Preliminary Competition and Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
EC 1986-88 6 2 1 3 14 8 +6 2 2 2.333 1.333 41.7 -1
EC 1990-92 2 0 2 0 2 2 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
EC 1994-96 5 2 3 0 8 3 +5 1 2 1.60 0.60 70.0 +2
EC 1998-2000 6 2 1 3 11 6 +9 2 3 1.833 1.00 41.7 -1
EC All 19 6 7 6 35 19 +16 5 7 1.842 1.00 50.0 =0
Rous Cup Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
RC 1986-87 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
RC 1987-88 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 0 1 1.00 0.50 75.0 +1
RC All 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 0 1 1.00 0.667 66.7 +1
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 18 8 6 4 30 12 +18 5 10 1.667 0.667 61.1 +4
EC 19 6 7 6 35 19 +16 5 7 1.842 1.00 50.0 =0
Rous Cup 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 0 1 1.00 0.667 66.7 +1
All 40 15 15 10 68 33 +35 10 18 1.70 0.825 56.3 +5

 

Tony Adams - Match History
 Club: Arsenal F.C. - 66 full caps

Coach: Bobby Robson - 17 full capsx

Age 20
1 622 18 February 1987 - Spain 2 England 4, El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid Fr AW Start 6
2 624 29 April 1987 - Turkey 0 England 0, Atatürk Stadyumu, İzmir ECP AD Start 5
3 625 19 May 1987 - England 1 Brazil 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London TC HD Start 6
- 626 23 May 1987 - Scotland 0 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow AD squad member
4 627 9 September 1987 - West Germany 3 England 1, Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf Fr AL Start 5
Age 21
5 628 17 October 1987 - England 8 Turkey 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London ECP HW Start 6
6 629 11 November 1987 - Yugoslavia 1 England 4, Stadion Crvena zvezda, Beograd AW Start 24 6
- 630 17 February 1988 - Israel 0 England 0, The National Stadium, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv Fr AD withdrawn squad member
7 631 23 March 1988 - England 2 Netherlands 2, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD Start
21 63
6
8 632 27 April 1988 - Hungary 0 England 0, Népstadion, Budapest Fr AD Start 5
9 633 21 May 1988 - England 1 Scotland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London TC HW Start 6
10 634 24 May 1988 - England 1 Colombia 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London HD Start 6
11 635 28 May 1988 - Switzerland 0 England 1, Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne Fr AW Start off ht 6

0-0 when substituted

12 636 12 June 1988 - England 0 Republic of Ireland 1, Neckarstadion, Stuttgart ECF NL Start 6
13 637 15 June 1988 - England 1 Netherlands 3, Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf NL Start 6
14 638 18 June 1988 - England 1 USSR 3, Waldstadion, Frankfurt NL Start 16 6
15 639 14 September 1988 - England 1 Denmark 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start off 65 6

1-0 when substituted

Age 22
16 640 19 October 1988 - England 0 Sweden 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HD Start off 64 6

0-0 when substituted

17 641 16 November 1988 - Saudi Arabia 1 England 1, King Fahd II Stadium, Riyadh Fr AD Start 54 6
Age 23
1 b 14 November 1989 - England B 1 Italy B 1, Goldstone Ground, Brighton Fr HD Captain 5
2 b 12 December 1989 - England B 2 Yugoslavia B 1, The Den, London Fr HW Captain 6
3 b 27 March 1990 - Ireland B 4 England B 1, Turners Cross, Cork Fr AL Captain 6
4 b 24 April 1990 - England B 2 Czechoslovakia B 0, Roker Park, Roker, Sunderland Fr HW Captain 5
Bobby Robson summoned a preliminary World Cup squad of 26 to Burnham Beeches in May. On May 21, he announced his final squad of 22. The four players that missed the cut included Tony Adams.
 

Coach: Graham Taylor - 11 full capsx

Age 24
18 667 14 November 1990 - Republic of Ireland 1 England 1, Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin ECP AD Start 4
19 669 27 March 1991 - England 1 Republic of Ireland 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London ECP HD Start off ht 4

1-1 when substituted

Age 26
- 689 9 September 1992 - Spain 1 England 0, Estadio El Sardinero, Santander Fr AL withdrawn squad member
20 690 14 October 1992 - England 1 Norway 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HD Start 5
21 691 18 November 1992 - England 4 Turkey 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HW Start 5
22 692 17 February 1993 - England 6 San Marino 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HW Start 5
23 693 31 March 1993 - Turkey 0 England 2, Atatürk Stadyumu, İzmir WCP AW Start 5
24 694 28 April 1993 - England 2 Netherlands 2, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HD Start 5
25 695 29 May 1993 - Poland 1 England 1, Stadion Śląski, Chorzów WCP AD Start 5
26 696 2 June 1993 - Norway 2 England 0, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo AL Start 5
27 700 8 September 1993 - England 3 Poland 0,  Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HW Start 5
Age 27
28 701 13 October 1993 - Netherlands 2 England 0, Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam WCP AL Start 5
 

Coach: Terry Venables - 17 full capsx

29 703 9 March 1994 - England 1 Denmark 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 5
30 704 17 May 1994 - England 5 Greece 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 6
31 705 22 May 1994 - England 0 Norway 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD Start 6
32 706 7 September 1994 - England 2 USA 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 5
Age 28
33 707 12 October 1994 - England 1 Romania 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD Captain 5
34 709 15 February 1995 - Republic of Ireland vs. England, Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin - abandoned after 27 minutes. Fr AabD Start 27 5
35 710 29 March 1995 - England 0 Uruguay 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD Start 5
36 714 6 September 1995 - England 0 Colombia 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD Captain 5
Age 29
37 715 11 October 1995 - Norway 0 England 0, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo Fr AD Captain 5
38 716 15 November 1995 - England 3 Switzerland 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Captain 5
39 717 12 December 1995 - England 1 Portugal 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD Captain 5
40 721 23 May 1996 - China PR 0 England 3, Workers' Stadium, Beijing Fr AW Capt off 77 5

3-0 when substituted

41 722 8 June 1996 - England 1 Switzerland 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London ECF HD Captain
80
5
42 723 15 June 1996 - Scotland 0 England 2, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London HW Captain
43 724 18 June 1996 - Netherlands 1 England 4, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London HW Captain
44 725 22 June 1996 - Spain 0 England 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London HD Captain
45 726 26 June 1996 - Germany 1 England 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London HD Captain
 

Coach: Glenn Hoddle - 11 full capsx

Age 30
46 729 9 November 1996 - Georgia 0 England 2, Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi WCP AW Captain 5
47 732 30 April 1997 - England 2 Georgia 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London HW Start off 88 5

1-0 when substituted

Age 31
48 739 11 October 1997 - Italy 0 England 0, Stadio Olimpico, Roma WCP AD Captain 5
49 741 11 February 1998 - England 0 Chile 2, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HL Captain 5
50 743 22 April 1998 - England 3 Portugal 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 5
51 744 23 May 1998 - England 0 Saudi Arabia 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD Start 5
- 745 27 May 1998 - Morocco 0 England 1, Complexe Sportif Mohammed V, Casablanca TC AW squad member
- 746 29 May 1998 - Belgium 0 England 0, Complexe Sportif Mohammed V, Casablanca ND
52 747 15 June 1998 - England 2 Tunisia 0, Le Stade Vélodrome, Marseille WCF NW Start 5
53 748 22 June 1998 - Romania 2 England 1, Stade Municipal, Toulouse NL Start
54 749 26 June 1998 - England 2 Colombia 0, Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens NW Start
55 750 30 June 1998 - Argentina 2 England 2, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne ND Start
56 751 5 September 1998 - Sweden 2 England 1, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna ECP AL Start 5
Age 32
 

Coach: Howard Wilkinson - 1 full capx

57 755 10 February 1999 - England 0 France 2, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HL Start 5
 

Coach: Kevin Keegan - 9 full capsx

- 756 27 March 1999 - England 3 Poland 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London ECP HW poorly squad member
58 760 4 September 1999 - England 6 Luxembourg 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London ECP HW Start off 65 5

5-0 when substituted

59 761 8 September 1999 - Poland 0 England 0, Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warszawa AD Start 5
Age 33
60 762 10 October 1999 - England 2 Belgium 1, Stadium of Light, Sunderland Fr HW Start 5
61 763 13 November 1999 - Scotland 0 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow ECP AW Start 75 5
62 764 17 November 1999 - England 0 Scotland 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London HL Start 5
- 766 27 May 2000 - England 1 Brazil 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD squad member
63 767 31 May 2000 - England 2 Ukraine 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 68 5
- 768 3 June 2000 - Malta 1 England 2, The National Stadium, Ta'Qali Fr AW squad member
64 769 12 June 2000 - Portugal 3 England 2, Philips Stadion, Eindhoven ECF NL Start off 82 5

2-3 when substituted

- 770 17 June 2000 - England 1 Germany 0, Stade Communal, Charleroi NW injured squad member
- 771 20 June 2000 - England 2 Romania 3, Stade Communal, Charleroi NL
65 772 2 September 2000 - France 1 England 1, Stade de France, Saint-Denis Fr AD Capt off ht 5

0-0 when substituted

66 773 7 October 2000 - England 0 Germany 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HL Captain 5
 

Coach: Howard Wilkinson - 0 full capsx

Age 34
- 774 11 October 2000 - Finland 0 England 0, Olympiastadion, Helsinki WCP AD injured squad member
 

Announced his retirement from international football on 21 January 2001.

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