Neil Adams (footballer)

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Neil Adams
Personal information
Full name Neil James Adams[1]
Date of birth (1965-11-23) 23 November 1965 (age 48)[1]
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Norwich City (manager)
Youth career
1983–1985 Stoke City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1986 Stoke City 32 (4)
1986–1989 Everton 20 (0)
1989 Oldham Athletic (loan) 9 (0)
1989–1994 Oldham Athletic 129 (23)
1994–1999 Norwich City 182 (25)
1999–2001 Oldham Athletic 47 (4)
Total 419 (56)
National team
1986 England U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
2014– Norwich City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Neil James Adams (born 23 November 1965) is a former professional footballer and current manager of Norwich City. He played for Stoke City, Everton, Oldham Athletic and Norwich City.[1]

Adams began his career playing for his local club Stoke City where he earned a reputation of being a promising winger. This prompted Everton to pay a fee of £150,000 for his signature in June 1986. Injuries prevented him from reaching his potential at Goodison Park and after three years he moved on to Oldham Athletic. At Oldham, Adams played a major role in helping the club gain promotion to the newly formed Premier League in 1992 and also helped the Latics to reach the 1990 League Cup Final. He signed for Norwich City in February 1994 for a fee of £250,000. He became a regular in the Norwich for the next six seasons before ending his playing career with another two years at Oldham. After retiring from playing, Adams became a pundit for BBC Radio Norfolk, before taking up a coaching role at the Norwich City Academy – guiding them to victory in the 2012–13 FA Youth Cup. In April 2014 Adams was appointed first-team manager following the departure of Chris Hughton.

Playing career[edit]

Adams was born in Stoke-on-Trent and began his career with local side Stoke City making his professional debut against Coventry City in the Full Members Cup in 1985–86.[1] He made a huge impression with his performances for Stoke in his debut season, with his attacking creativity and deadly accurate crossing ability earning him a call up to the England U21 side for their European Championship semi-final tie in Italy.[1] With Stoke's finances poor and many top-flight sides showing an interest in signing him, he was sold to Everton in June 1986 for a fee of £150,000 after the Toffees beat off competition from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, much to the annoyance to the Stoke supporters who feared that their club was becoming a 'selling club'.[1]

In his first season at Everton he helped the side win the First Division title in 1986–87. During his three years on Merseyside he also won two Charity Shield medals and earned his first England U-21 cap in an away game against Sweden. In June 1989 he rejected the offer of a new contract at Goodison Park and joined Oldham Athletic in a £100,000 deal. The five seasons that Adams spent at Boundary Park was to coincide with the club's golden period. In 1990 he played for the Latics in the League Cup Final against Nottingham Forest, and the following season he helped the team win the Second Division title as Oldham won promotion to the newly formed Premier League.

Adams' contribution from the right flank helped Oldham establish themselves against the best sides in the country, and he was influential in helping the Latics maintain their top-flight status during their 1992–93 campaign by scoring 9 goals – including crucial strikes against Liverpool, Everton, Chelsea and most memorably the only goal in a 1–0 defeat of soon-to-be-crowned double winners, Manchester United.

Whilst at Oldham he also picked up a Carling No. 1 Award – selected by a Premiership committee before the start of the 1993–94 season. In early 1994 Norwich City made inquiries about acquiring his services, and after protracted negotiations between the two clubs he eventually signed for the Canaries for a fee of £250,000 in mid-February. Adams was to become a regular in the Norwich side during his time at Carrow Road. He assumed the role of penalty taker and dead ball specialist for the Canaries, and in his career he only missed from the spot once, in a league cup game against Swansea.

He started in all but one of Norwich's games during the 1996–97 campaign, and completed that season as the Canaries' second top-scorer with a total of 16 goals. In 2002, Norwich fans voted Adams into the Norwich City F.C. Hall of Fame. After leaving Norfolk in the summer of 1999, Adams returned to former club Oldham for two seasons before a knee injury forced him to retire.

Managerial career[edit]

A holder of the UEFA 'A' Coaching Licence, he returned to Norwich where was appointed as manager of the club's U-18s. Adams guided the side to victory over Chelsea in the 2012–13 FA Youth Cup.[2] On 6 April 2014 he was appointed Norwich City first-team manager following the departure of Chris Hughton.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 1985–86 Second Division 32 4 1 0 3 0 3 0 39 4
Total 32 4 1 0 3 0 3 0 39 4
Everton 1986–87 First Division 12 0 0 0 3 0 5 0 20 0
1987–88 First Division 8 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 10 1
1988–89 First Division 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 20 0 0 0 5 1 6 0 31 1
Oldham Athletic 1988–89 Second Division 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
1989–90 Second Division 27 4 6 0 6 0 1 0 40 4
1990–91 Second Division 31 6 2 1 1 0 0 0 34 7
1991–92 First Division 26 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 29 5
1992–93 Premier League 32 9 1 0 4 0 0 0 37 5
1993–94 Premier League 13 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 17 0
Total 138 23 12 2 15 0 1 0 166 25
Norwich City 1993–94 Premier League 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
1994–95 Premier League 33 3 3 0 6 1 0 0 42 3
1995–96 First Division 42 3 1 0 5 0 0 0 48 3
1996–97 First Division 45 13 2 1 2 2 0 0 49 16
1997–98 First Division 30 4 0 0 2 1 0 0 32 5
1998–99 First Division 18 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 21 3
Total 182 25 7 1 17 4 0 0 206 30
Oldham Athletic 1999–2000 Second Division 29 2 2 1 2 0 1 0 34 4
2000–01 Second Division 18 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 20 2
Total 47 4 2 1 4 0 1 0 54 6
Career Total 419 56 22 4 44 5 11 0 496 65
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the FA Charity Shield, Full Members Cup, Football League Trophy and Screen Sport Super Cup.

Honours[edit]

Everton
Oldham Athletic

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 20 April 2014[4]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Norwich City 6 April 2014 Present 2 0 0 2 00.00
Total 2 0 0 2 00.00

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ "FA Youth Cup final: Norwich beat Chelsea 4–2 on aggregate". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "ADAMS REPLACES HUGHTON AS BOSS". Norwich City F.C. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Neil Adams Managerial statistics". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
General
  • Davage, Mike; John Eastwood, Kevan Platt (2001). Canary Citizens: The Official History of Norwich City F.C. Jarrold. ISBN 0-7117-2020-7. 

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