DOB: 11 December 1900
Died: 11 August 1973
MFC Debut: Round 16, 1931 against Footscray at Western Oval
Last Game: Round 18, 1932 against Collingwood at MCG
From: South Fremantle/Fitzroy/Northcote/Prahran/Preston/North Launceston
Number: 8 (1931-1932)
Seconds Premiership player - 1931
Seconds premiership Captain/Coach - 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935
Life Member - 1946
Games: 16 (67 total)
Goals: 12 (29 total)
Nicknamed "Bull", Adams was a former West Australian state player who crossed to Victoria to join Fitzroy in 1923. He was instead forced to go to Preston as captain-coach when he was unable to secure a clearance from South Fremantle - where he'd played 32 games since debuting in 1921.
Eventually winning his way to Fitzroy, Adams debuted in 1924 and played there until 1926 after which he accepted a role as Captain/Coach of Northcote in the VFA. During his time at the club he played 51 games, captained the side and represented Victoria. After training with Richmond before the 1928 the two parties failed to come to terms and instead he returned to Preston as captain/coach, kicking 69 goals in 1929.
In 1930 he captain/coached North Launceston in Tasmania then joined Prahran in the VFA in 1931. He captain/coached them for half a season before leaving to return to the VFL with Melbourne as a 30-year-old. Adams spent most of his time in defence but had occasional forays into the midfield. When he was in attack Adams, alongside his ex-Fitzroy teammates Arthur Dickens was one of the last few players in the league to regularly use the place kick.
After his retirement from senior football Adams became coach of the Seconds and while he was in charge between 1933 and 1944 the side won four premierships in succession and five in total under his leadership. He continued to play Seconds football into 1938.
Adams became coach of South Melbourne in 1945 and led them to a Grand Final in his first season but resigned midway through the 1948 season. The next year he joined Ardmona as one of the few non-playing coaches in country football.
Ran for election to the Melbourne committee in 1966 but was unsuccessful.
Some sources suggest he debuted with South Fremantle at 15. This may have been at a lower grade. May have also played for Prahran in 1928.
Argus - 25/06/1931
Football Record R10 1932
Age - 12/03/1938
Sporting Globe - 05/02/1947
Sporting Globe - 09/03/1949
Age - 28/01/1966
Boyles Football Photos
Demonwiki photo gallery
Fitzroy, For The Love Of The Jumper
VFA Project profile
WAFL Footy Facts profile