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Happy Birthday to Arsenal legends Charlie George and Tony Adams

Arsenal Pies would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to two Gunners legends today - Charlie George and Tony Adams.

Charlie, the King of Highbury, turns 57 today and we’re delighted to report that his love affair with the club endures to this day, as he can still be found at Emirates Stadium as a tour guide and match day host, alongside a number of other Arsenal heroes.

Charlie’s story is also the stuff of legends. Born in Islington, he supported Arsenal as a boy, watching from the terraces before winning a contract with his team in May 1966, aged just 15. He made his debut three years later and quickly established himself in the first team, collecting a winners medal after playing in both legs of the Fairs Cup final against Anderlecht in his first season.

In the next season he broke his ankle, but recovered to help Bertie Mee’s Arsenal complete the league and cup double, including his 20-yard extra time winner against Liverpool in the FA Cup final.

Charlie played a total of 179 games for the Gunners, scoring 49 goals in the process, before moving to Derby County in 1975, where he memorably scored a hat-trick against Real Madrid in a European Cup match, plus one in Madrid, but still ended up on the losing side.

Celebrating his 41st birthday today is former Arsenal skipper Tony Adams...

As we all know, Tony is assistant manager at Portsmouth, but his playing days were spent entirely at the Gunners, where he enjoyed a 22-year career, earning him the nickname Mr Arsenal.

Tony signed with the club as a schoolboy in 1980 and made his first team debut against Sunderland in November 1983. He was the lynchpin in arguably Arsenal’s finest back four alongside Steve Bould, Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn.

Such was his commanding presence on the pitch that he was made club captain at the age of just 21 - an honour he retained for 14 years until his retiral saw the armband pass to Patrick Vieira.

Like Charlie George, Adams notched up a league and cup double in 1998, but went one better, repeating the feat in 2002, his final season as a player.

Off the field he has proved to be an inspirational leader too. Tony was imprisoned in 1990 after being caught drunk-driving. He later admitted he was an alcoholic and established the Sporting Chance Clinic to help other sports stars who suffer from drink, drugs or gambling addictions.

Tony is the only player in English football history to have captained a League-winning team in three different decades (1989, 1991, 1998, 2002) and his other accolades include three FA Cup winners medals (1993, 1998, 2002), two League Cups (1987, 1993) and the European Cup Winners Cup (1994).

In addition to his 668 matches for Arsenal, Adams also won 66 caps for England, 15 of which saw him captain his country.

Once again, many happy returns Charlie and Tony.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on October 10, 2007 10:30 AM in News| Players
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