Happy Birthday Neil Adams, the Stoke born multi-talented midfielder/winger is 53 today.
Having kicked off his career at his home town club in 1985, his undoubted talents were spotted by Everton who picked him up the following year. Arsenal and Tottenham were also chasing after his signature at the time. He also managed to pick up his one England U21 cap whilst at Goodison. He contributed to the club winning the then named Championship in 1987 before heading to Oldham.
Athletic was where he then cemented his starting place and helped them to play in a League Cup final in 1990 and secure a place in the Premiership in 1992 accumulating 138 league games and 23 goals over five years. Neil actually finished his career at Boundary Park with another 47 games for the Latics until a knee injury ended his playing days.
Sandwiched in between his stints in the northwest, between 1994-99 Adams played 182 times scoring 25 goals for the Canaries, many of his goals were coolly taken penalties. City could use that particular skill this season! He finished second top scorer in 1996/7 with sixteen strikes.
After a period of being a match day summariser and Canary Call reviewer on Radio Norfolk, he took on the role of Acadamy coach at City which resulted in winning the FA Youth Cup against Chelsea in 2012/13 and therefore helping to launch the careers of the Murphy twins. This success led to becoming the first team manager between April 2014 and January 2015 producing 11 wins and eight draws from 32 matches based on arguably naive attacking formations and tactics.
In my view he was one of the most approachable, honest and gentlemanly managers to represent the club.