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Tony Adams MBE (born 10/10/1966, Romford) is an English football manager and former defender. Adams spent his entire 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. He wore the number 6 shirt for Arsenal and 5 for England. With Arsenal, he won three FA Cups, two Football League Cups, a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and three FA Community Shields. He signed for Arsenal as a schoolboy in 1980. He made his first team debut in 1983 and he soon became a regular player in the 1985-86 season, winning his first major trophy in 1987 when playing in the Football League Cup final win over Liverpool at Wembley. Together with Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn and Steve Bould, Adams was part of the "famous four" that lined up in Arsenal's defence. In 1988 he became the Gunners captain; he remained captain for the next 14 years. Adams strong discipline of the defence was considered a factor in Arsenal winning the League Cup in 1986-87 and then the First Division championship twice. In 1992-93 he gained the distinction of being the captain of the first English side to win the League Cup and FA Cup double, lifting the European Cup Winners' Cup the following year.

In 1997-8 and 2001-2 Adams captained the club to two Premiership and FA Cup Doubles. He is the only player in English football history to have captained a title-winning team in three different decades. In August 2002, Adams retired from professional football after a career spanning almost 20 years. In 2004, Adams was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in recognition of his impact on the English game, and in 2008 he was placed 3rd in the "50 Greatest Gunners" poll on the club's website. Adams appeared 66 times for England, scoring 5 times. In 1992 he unofficially shared the captaincy with David Platt but Adams became England captain outright before Euro 96. He retired from international football in 2000.
Adams has since taken up a managerial role, being assistant manager to Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth from October 2008 until becoming manager when Redknapp left for Tottenham until February 2009.

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