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Obituary - Chris Adams

Posted on 28 June 2012  - 08:09

We were sorry to learn of the recent passing of Chris Adams who was on our books between June, 1947 and December, 1952.

Obituary - Chris Adams

A speedy winger, he played in six First Division games for us during 1952, scoring on his debut against Derby County. His tally for our intermediate teams was 41 goals in 178 competitive appearances.

Born at Hornchurch on September 6, 1927, Christopher James Adams attended the local Suttons Senior Boys School and gained honours for Essex Schoolboys. He turned out for Romford and Leytonstone as an amateur before joining the Army where he played for their representative teams.

Chris signed amateur forms for us on June 16, 1947, and made his debut for our reserve team in the Football Combination fixture at Aldershot on October 15, 1947.

He signed full professional forms on November 26, 1948, and ended the season with an Eastern Counties League Cup winners medal, featuring in all four games as our “A” team lifted the trophy following a 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Our 1950 tour to Germany and Belgium saw Chris make his senior debut against Tennis-Borussia at Berlin on May 18. He scored a hat-trick on our North American tour two years later when a Saskatchewan FA XI were defeated 18-1 at Saskatoon.

By then he had stepped up for his Football League debut, a 5-0 home win over Derby on March 1, 1952.

One reporter covering the match had this to say at the time: “Young Chris Adams, making his debut at outside-left, thoroughly enjoyed the experience and, well nursed by all his colleagues, really had the crowd on their toes when he put Tottenham two up after 33 minutes with a delightful goal.

“Again an all-out attack inspired by Baily had Derby’s defence running round in circles. Adams, a little behind the rest of the forwards, collected the ball and, taking a cool and deliberate aim, found the top corner of the net.”

Chris played in the next four games, away to Aston Villa and Wolves, and at home to Sunderland and Huddersfield as we finished runners-up to Manchester United.

His final taste of top flight action came at Preston North End on October 4. His farewell campaign with us saw Chris, who stood five feet six inches tall and weighed 10 stone, earn £12 per week during the season and £9 during the summer, an increase from the £7 and £6 rates when he first joined our full-time staff.

He made the last of his 178 appearances for our reserve and “A” teams in a 4-1 Combination home win over Northampton Town on December 6, 1952. Five days later he signed for Norwich City in an exchange deal which saw Roy Hollis arrive at White Hart Lane.

Chris scored three goals in 29 League outings for Norwich and played in one FA Cup match. He also scored six goals in 28 reserve team games for the Canaries before joining Watford on March 16, 1954.

His time at Vicarage Road yielded five goals in 75 league games plus one in six FA Cup matches. He spent eight years with Southern League outfit Dartford - signing for them on November 22, 1956 - netting 21 goals in 216 appearances, until retiring in 1964.

Chris worked in the motor trade and later as a painter/decorator and enjoyed a regular game of golf.

He lived at Brentwood in recent years and passed away there on June 24, aged 84.

He is survived by his daughter Samantha, son-in-law Robert, sister Marjorie, brother George and grandchildren Aaron and Anais.

A funeral service is to be held at South Essex Crematorium, Ockendon Rd, Corbets Tey, Upminster, Essex RM14 2UY on Tuesday July 3rd at 9.40am.

With thanks to Club Historian, Andy Porter...