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Tony Adams

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 27 June 2010

Kirsty Young's castaway is the footballer Tony Adams.

He's one of the few people who know at first hand the pressures and joys of captaining the England team. And, after signing as a schoolboy for Arsenal, he is the only man ever to have led a championship winning team across three decades.

The drama and successes of his life have been as remarkable off the pitch as on it. He found sporting glory despite being an alcoholic and even served time in prison for drink-driving. But his journey of recovery has been a remarkable one. He went back to studying, developed a love of literature and the arts and put his own money into a charity to support other sports men and women recovering from addiction. It's a transformation that his former team-mates have described as 'heroic'. Now, he is heading to Azerbaijan to become a manager, he is planning, he says, to build the Tony Adams team.

Record: Monty Python's Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Book: The book of Alcoholics Anonymous
Luxury: Football.

Music Played

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    Earth, Wind & Fire Let's Groove

    Boogie Wonderland: The Very Best of Earth Wind and Fire, Telstar

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    Neil Diamond Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed so Good)

    20 Golden Hits, MCA

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    The Jam Boy About Town

    Sound Affects, Polydor

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    Central Line Walking into Sunshine

    Music of the Year 1982, Spectrum

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    Arsenal 1971 Squad Good Old Arsenal

    Good Old Arsenal, Richmond

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    Squeeze Black Coffee in Bed

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    Chet Baker I've Never Been In Love Before

    Chet Baker Sings, Pacific Jazz

  • Favourite Track

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      Monty Python Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

      The Best Comedy Album in the World …Ever, Virgin

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Tony Adams

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