|Full name||Michael Adams|
|Born||28 September 1951
Widnes, Lancashire, England
|Died||10 March 2017 (aged 65)
Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||13 st 7 lb (86 kg)|
|Position||Second-row, Loose forward|
Michael "Mick" Adams (28 September 1951 – 10 March 2017) was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s, and 1980s, playing at representative level for Great Britain and England, and at club level for Widnes (captain), and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, as a Second-row, or Loose forward/Lock, i.e. number 11 or 12, or, 13, during the era of contested scrums.
Mick Adams won caps for England while at Widnes in 1975 against New Zealand, Australia (sub), and Australia, in 1978 against France, in 1979 against Wales, and in 1981 against Wales (sub), and won caps for Great Britain while at Widnes in 1979 against Australia, Australia (sub), and New Zealand (3 matches), in 1980 against New Zealand, and in 1984 against Australia (2 matches), Australia (sub), New Zealand (3 matches), and Papua New Guinea.
Adams was a member of Widnes championship winning squad of the 1977–78 season.
Premiership Final appearances
Adams appeared in three premiership finals for Widnes; the 19–5 victory over Bradford Northern in the Premiership Final during the 1979–80 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 17 May 1980, the 23–8 victory over Hull F.C. in the Premiership Final during the 1981–82 at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 15 May 1982, and 22–10 victory over Hull F.C. in the Premiership Final during the 1982–83 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 14 May 1983.
Challenge Cup Final appearances
Mick Adams played for Widnes in seven Challenge Cup finals at Wembley Stadium. The first playing at Right-Second row, i.e. number 12 in the 14–7 victory over Warrington in the 1975 Challenge Cup Final during the 1974–75 season on Saturday 10 May 1975, in front of a crowd of 85,998. The following year again at Right-Second row in the 5–20 defeat by St. Helens in the 1976 Final on Saturday 8 May 1976, in front of a crowd of 89,982, The third, in consecutive seasons was another defeat 7–16 to Leeds in the 1977 Final on Saturday 7 May 1977, in front of a crowd of 80,871. A second winners medal was obtained in 1979 in the 12–3 victory over Wakefield Trinity on Saturday 5 May 1979, in front of a crowd of 94,218. A third win was, playing Loose forward, and as captain in the 18–9 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1981 Final on Saturday 2 May 1981, in front of a crowd of 92,496. The following season he played in both the 14–14 draw with Hull F.C. in the 1982 Challenge Cup Final on Saturday 1 May 1982, in front of a crowd of 92,147, and in the 9–18 defeat by Hull in the replay at Elland Road on Wednesday 19 May 1982, in front of a crowd of 41,171. His last appearance in the final was as Loose forward, when again captaining the side, Widnes beat Wigan 19–6 in the 1984, on Saturday 5 May 1984, in front of a crowd of 80,116.
County Cup Final appearances
Adams played in seven Lancashire Cup finals, finishing on the winning side five times. 1974, a 6–2 victory over Salford at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 2 November 1974; 1975, a 16–7 victory over Salford at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 4 October 1975 and, a third consecutive final in the 1976 competition with a 16–11 victory over Workington Town at Central Park on Saturday 30 October 1976. Missing the final in 1977 Widnes made the final in both the 1978 and 1979 beating Workington on both occasions, 15–13 in 1978 and 11–0 in 1979 in games at Central Park and The Willows, Salford.
Other notable appearances
In 9178 he played in the 4–9 defeat by Warrington in the 1977–78 Players No.6 Trophy Final at Knowsley Road on Saturday 28 January 1978 and was in the 13–7 victory over St. Helens in the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1977–78 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Tuesday 12 December 1978.
Returning to the League Cup final in 1979 and 1980, Adams scored 2-drop goals in the 16–4 victory over Warrington in the 1978–79 John Player Trophy Final on Saturday 28 April 1979, and appeared in the 0–6 defeat by [Bradford Northern in the 1979–80 John Player Trophy Final at Headingley Headingley on Saturday 5 January 1980.
A final League Cup final appearance was in the 10–18 defeat by Leeds in the 1983–84 John Player Special Trophy Final at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 14 January 1984.
Honoured at Widnes RLFC
In 1992 Adams was named as one of the original thirteen former Widnes players inducted into the Widnes Hall of Fame.
Adams died on 10 March 2017 at the age of 65.
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