England has produces some of the greatest footballers in history. One of these exceptional players is Tony Alexander Adams who was born in Romford on the 10th of October, 1966, a few months after the English national football team won its first and only World Cup.
Tony Adams, showed a passion towards the game as an infant and by the age of 14 had drawn the attention of Arsenal scouts. In 1980, the signed with the London based club and made his first team debut three years later on the 5th of November, 1983 at the age of 17 against the team of Sunderland. Since then, Adams played a total of 669 matches for Arsenal in which he started in 663 games and came in as a sub in 6. He scored 48 goals for his club and along with Lee Dixon, Steve Bould and Nigel Winterburn formed the “famous four” defence lineup which to this dates is considered to be the greatest in Arsenal’s history.
During his career Tony Adams won the:
- Premier League in 1988-89, 1990-91, 1997-98 and 2001-02
- Football League Cup in 1986-87 and 1992-93
- FA Cup in 1992-93, 1997-98 and 2001-02
- FA Community Shield in 1991, 1998 and 1999
- UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1993-94
He also won an abundance of personal accolades such as PFA Young Player of the Year in 1987, PFA Team of Year in 1994, 1996 and 1997 and PFA Team of the Century. He was also been recognised with commemorative plaques for playing 10 and 20 seasons in England’s top division of professional football.
In 1987, Tony Adams made his debut for the England national football team in a match against Spain. During his international career he played a total of 66 matches for England and score five goals. He was part of the English team in four major tournaments (Euro 1988, Euro 1996, World Cup 1998 and Euro 2000).