Number 6 – Mr. Arsenal

Whenever I look back on my 70 years of supporting Arsenal and the hundreds of players that I’ve watched one name always stands out in my memory – Number 6, Tony Adams who is rightfully known as Mr. Arsenal. He was born in Romford on October 10th 1966 and grew up in Dagenham. From 1971 to 1978 he was a pupil at Hunters Hall Primary School and from 1978 to 1983 at Eastbrook Comprehensive School.

He was still a 15 year old schoolboy when he signed for Arsenal in 1980 and one of his tasks was to clean the players’ boots after games.

He made his first team debut just four weeks after his 17th birthday. Along with Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn and Steve Bould he was part of the “famous back four” that formed Arsenal’s formidable defence; he became Arsenal captain at the age of 21 and remained as club captain until his retirement – 14 years later.

Adams’s strong discipline of the defence was considered a factor in Arsenal winning the League Cup in 1986–87.

For Arsenal fans, there has arguably been no other player in the Club’s history who has encapsulated the spirit and quality of the club more than Tony Adams, a colossus of a defender who is considered by many as one of the finest to have played for England and Arsenal.

Sir Alex Ferguson often attempted to sign him, and at his testimonial stated, “I would love to have had him in my side, and I don’t think it’s any secret that there were inquiries made at one time from Old Trafford.”

Pat Rice, Arsenal assistant manager, stated, “what a leader, what a player, what a man.”

His successes on the field were challenged by a decade long (1980-1990) battle with alcohol. On 6 May 1990 he crashed his Ford Sierra into a wall and his blood alcohol level was more than four times the legal limit. He was imprisoned for four months and freed after serving half of his sentence. He became one of the most high-profile recovering alcoholics in the UK and his battle with alcohol is detailed in his autobiography, Addicted, which was released to critical acclaim in May 1998.

He won the First Division championship twice; the first being after our famous Friday night victory over Liverpool at Anfield which secured the 1988–89 Championship. The second was in 1990–91, after losing only once all season – (W24, D13, L1, GF74, GA18).

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. Then in 1993-94 he was captain when we won the European Cup Winners Cup.

ClubArsenalFootball League First Division / Premier League (4): 1988–89, 1990–91. 1997–98, 2001–02

FA Cup (3): 1993, 1998, 2002

Football League Cup (2): 1987, 1993

Football League Centenary Trophy: 1988

European Cup Winners Cup: 1994

FA Charity Shield (2): 1991 (Shared), 1998

PFA Young Player of the Year: 1987

PFA First Division/Premier League Team of the Year (4): 1987, 1994, 1996, 1997

PFA Team of the Century (1907–2007): Team of the Century 1997-2007

Premier League 10 Seasons Awards: (1992-93 – 2001-02) Overseas Team of the Decade

English Football Hall of Fame: 2004

Football League 100 Legends

Number 3 on top 50 players.

Number 3 on Arsenal Arsenal top 50 players.


Member in The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)

A statue honouring Adams was unveiled at Emirates stadium on 9 December 2011.

Written by GunnerN5


28 Responses to Number 6 – Mr. Arsenal

  1. VP of Oz says:

    great post GN5
    I saw it on newsnow
    I thought it strange that the comments stopped on the Carabao cup post, not realising that a new post was up, I couldve been waiting on there for months….
    I’m off to now read the previous post

  2. chas says:

    Cheers, GN5.

    Big Tone will forever be a legend for his playing career at Arsenal.

  3. LB says:

    Happy days……………..

  4. Rasp says:

    Thanks GN5 … great read .. great reminder

    They don’t make’em like big Tone any more … more’s the pity

  5. Big Raddy says:

    GN5. Super stuff about a true Arsenal legend. I had the privilege of meeting TA on many occasions. We could really use him now though he would pick up red cards every other week.

  6. chas mobile says:

    Arse v West Ham

  7. Big Raddy says:

    I’ll take that though if AW plays Elneny at CB against Carroll we may have serious problems

  8. Oz gunner says:

    Great stuff GunnerN5.

    My favourite player of all time. Doesn’t get much bigger than ‘Mr Arsenal’

  9. chas mobile says:

  10. LB says:

    West ham at home, seems ok to me.

    Mustafi should be back in the first team so the BFG would play.

    Debuchy, BFG, Holding at the back with Elneny, Coquelin and Wilshere in front sounds good.

    Welbeck may need game time so, Welbeck, Giroud and Walcott up front might work.

    I forgot Chambers, hey we should win that.

    I think I’ll buy a ticket.

  11. chas says:

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  13. Eddie says:

    nobody announced New Post and I kept on starring at Rasp’s comment from 2 days ago!! pssshhhh

    Tony Adams, probably my most favourite player, complete loon. He would have never survived with modern football restrains. He would have been restrained in a straight jacket. thanks GN5, great post

  14. VP of Oz says:

    I did the same Eddie. We must be on the outer as everyone else seemed to know there was a new post.

  15. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    So poor Sir Chips got abused at the AGM. No need for that type of behaviour towards an Arsenal man. What next – they abuse Pat Rice or heaven forbid, Arsene Wenger?

  16. GunnerN5 says:

    Raddy, They seem to think that their 5 bobs worth of shares give them the right to abuse people that dedicate their lives doing their level best to make our club great – and they show the class of the village idiots.

    Thanks for your help yesterday Chas.

  17. GunnerN5 says:

    Who might play against Swansea City this Saturday? And when are our absentees likely to return?

    Here’s Arsene Wenger with the latest team news:

    on the general team news…
    Well, basically the squad that was available against Everton is available and, for the rest, decisions will be made if they will come in or not. I will make that decision tomorrow [Friday]. But overall everybody is available [from last weekend], and everybody who played on Tuesday night is available as well.

    on the absentees…
    The only players who are not completely back are Mustafi and Welbeck. Calum Chambers is back in full training on Monday and Ospina has a chance to be available against Belgrade. He will not be available for Saturday.


  18. fatgingergooner says:

    ‘The people who run the club are too busy worrying about making money to bother making sure the team is well run’ say the fans who are too busy worrying about AGM’s to bother making sure the team is well supported….

    I like a good moan from time to time, but even I think supporting the team was so much more fun and so much easier when AGM’s, shareprices, ownership issues and financial records were kept out of the public eye. Football conversations used to be about who played well/badly and transfer rumours. Now, everyone is a tactical genius, financial expert, and media pundit. I even annoy myself when I talk about football! 😂

  19. chas says:

    Amen to that

  20. LB says:

    This probably sounds odd but I never talk about football, this is my only outlet.

  21. chas says:

  22. LB says:

    OK, try and guess what the dog is thinking, obvious one:

    Surf’s up.


    Better get going its a 3’oclock kick off.

  23. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

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