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Tony Adams MBE

Former England Football Captain

Tony Adams MBE is a former English football player who spent his entire playing career of 22 years at Arsenal, and is considered one of the club's greatest players of all time by the club's own fans and was included in the Football League 100 Legends. When his playing career finished Adams went into football management, spending periods in charge of Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth and Azerbaijan side Gabala. 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.

"A Footballing Giant"

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In detail

Tony Adams signed for Arsenal as a schoolboy in 1980. He made his first team debut in 1983, four weeks after his 17th birthday. He became a regular player in the 1985-86 season, winning his first major trophy in 1987 when he played in the Football League Cup final triumph over Liverpool at Wembley. Their strong defence was a huge factor in Arsenal winning the League Cup in 1986-87 then the First Division trophy in 1988-89 and 1990-91. After starting a sports science degree at Brunel University, Adams became the manager of Wycombe Wanderers in 2003, in 2005 he accepted a trainee coaching role with Dutch side Feyenoord, had a short spell seconded to Utrecht in 2006 and in 2006, he joined Portsmouth.

What he offers you

Drawing upon an incredible career in football, Tony Adams offers audiences great insight into to what it takes to make a champion. Tony is an impressive motivational speaker, as well as having a biting sense of humour shaped by his years fighting battles on and off the pitch.

How he presents

Tony Adams presence at events worldwide adds prestige and sporting knowledge.


He presents in English.

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  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Football
  • Motivation
  • Teamwork


  • 1998
    He became one of the most high-profile recovering alcoholics in the UK, his battle with alcohol is heavily detailed in his autobiography, 'Addicted', which was released in 1998 to enormous critical acclaim

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