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Tony: I'm proud of Blooms

Former Blues boss returned to Adams Park to surprise the milestone man.

12 March 2019

Arsenal and England legend Tony Adams was the man to bring Matt Bloomfield to Adams Park way back in December 2003... and he was back in Wycombe to congratulate the midfielder on his 500th appearance for the club on Saturday.

Bloomfield was a teenager at Ipswich Town when he caught Adams' eye as a potential new recruit for the Wanderers midfield, and - though their paths had never crossed since Adams departed as Wycombe manager 11 months later - the pair were reunited during a surprise presentation in the boardroom ahead of kick-off.

Adams was invited as a guest in the boardroom, where Bloomfield was presented to guests and received a framed photo gift, signed by both the manager that brought him to the club and his current boss, Gareth Ainsworth.

Speaking to the room, Adams recalled: "It was a very wet, dark Monday evening and I had a seven-hour round trip to Ipswich to watch this guy play. I knew after 10 minutes that I wanted to sign him, and the rest is history. Congratulations; I'm proud of you. You're a great leader, a great captain, and I saw an attitude - that's why I picked you."

Bloomfield replied: "If it wasn't for that phone call all those years ago, this wouldn't have happened. I was getting ready to go out one night and I had a message on my phone from Tony Adams, which doesn't happen every day! It's so good to see you after all these years, and I'm so grateful that you brought me here."


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