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Tony Adams

Tony Alexander Adams MBE is an English former football manager and player. Adams played for Arsenal and England, captaining both teams. He is considered as one Arsenal’s greatest ever players, and is also included in the Football League 100 Legends. Tony made his debut for England against Spain at the Bernabeu in 1987 and played in Euro 1988, 1996, and 2000 as well as the 1998 World Cup finals. Tony was awarded the MBE for Services to Football.

In September 2000, as a result of his own experiences with alcoholism, Adams founded the Sporting Chance Clinic. A charity aimed at providing treatment, counselling and education, it also gives confidential help & support for current & former professional sportspeople experiencing difficulties with addictive disorders, alcohol, gambling & substance misuse.

What a great honour and experience it has been to be a selector for ING Discerning Eye. It was a harder enterprise than I had imagined -  scrolling through the 4000+ outstanding entries, although a thoroughly enjoyable one. Congratulations to all the artists and thanks to ING for sponsoring this event for more than 25 years. Please come and see my chosen exhibits at the Mall galleries and judge my discerning eye! 

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