Makes Arsenal debut aged 17 in 1983 and signs professional contract the following year.
Wins first England cap in a 4-2 win against Spain in 1987, and in the same year helps Arsenal win the League Cup, beating Liverpool 2-1 in the Wembley final.
Appointed captain of Arsenal as a 21-year-old in 1988 and leads the Gunners to First Division title in 1989 with famous 2-0 win against Liverpool at Anfield.
Helps Arsenal win First Division for second time in three seasons in 1991, returning to the team after serving a jail sentence.
Arsenal win both the League Cup and FA Cup in 1993, beating Sheffield Wednesday in both finals.
Leads Arsenal to European Cup Winners' Cup triumph, with 1-0 win over Parma.
Plays in England's five matches at Euro 96 before the team's campaign ends in a penalty shoot-out defeat to Germany in the semi-finals.
Helps England qualify for the 1998 World Cup with a 0-0 draw away to Italy.
Arsenal win the league and cup double in 1998.
Appointed England captain in 2000 after Alan Shearer quits international football.
Plays in 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the 2002 FA Cup final.
Takes first job as manager when appointed boss of Wycombe in 2003.
Lands first Premier League coaching job in 2005 when Harry Redknapp makes him assistant manager at Portsmouth.
Adams is installed as Portsmouth's new manager on October 28 2008.
Misses out on a place in England's 1990 World Cup squad.
Jailed for four months in December 1990 after admitting drink-driving offences following an accident in May, and serves two months. Struggles with alcoholism and in 1996 reveals his battle to beat his addiction.
Returns to the England team in 1993 but his first match back sees Graham Taylor's side humbled 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Norway.
Arsenal are beaten 2-1 by Real Zaragoza in the European Cup Winners' Cup final.
Member of the England side knocked out of the 1998 World Cup in the last 16 by Argentina.
More European disappointment arrives in 2000 when Arsenal lose to Galatasaray in the UEFA Cup final.
Leads England in the last international at the old Wembley but Kevin Keegan's team lose 1-0 to Germany and the former Newcastle boss resigns as manager.
Adams sees Wycombe relegated at the end of the 2004 season as they finish bottom of League One,
After just six league wins all season, Wycombe finish bottom of League One in 2004 and Adams resigns six months later.
Following a run of just two wins in 16 league games, Adams leaves his job as Portsmouth boss.