BBC Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Who is former Arsenal and England footballer Tony Adams & who is his partner?

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 has an illustrious cast of celebrities, including Romford-born Tony Adams, who was a footballer for England and Arsenal Football Club.

Former Arsenal captain and London’s own Tony Adams was confirmed as participating in the 20th series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing in August, along with his fellow competitors.

With the full line-up of exciting celebrities, including big names such as Kym Marsh and Fleur East, revealed it was the cast of world-class professional dancers to be confirmed next, including four new additions.

And finally, the pairings for the new series were at last unveiled.

Here is everything you need to know about Tony Adams including what he’s famous for and who he will be partnered with for Strictly 2022.

Who is Tony Adams?

Tony Adams will be on Strictly Come Dancing tonight, after being inspired to be on the show six years ago. Picture: Ray Burmiston/PA.

Tony Adams is a former professional footballer and captain of Arsenal FC, as well as an England international with 66 appearances for his country.

He spent his entire playing career of 19 years as a centre back at Arsenal. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest Arsenal players of all time by the club’s fans. He was included in the Football League 100 Legends.

After hanging up his boots, Adams tried his hand at management spending periods in charge of Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth, Azerbaijani side Gabala and Spanish side Granada, with the latter being his last managerial job in 2017.

Over the course of his career, he made more than 500 appearances for the Gunners, and turned out for his national team 66 times before retiring from international duty in 2000 after 13 years.

Who is Tony Adams’ Strictly Come Dancing partner?

The official pairings for the 20th series of the dancing competition have been revealed, as a cast of world-class professional dancers and exciting celebrities come together.

Swapping the football field of Highbury for the ballroom dance floor, Tony Adams has already pointed out what he is looking for in a partner: “I want someone that is talented, that is a winner”

It has been confirmed that the retired football has been partnered with Katya Jones, who met Adams at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London.

How to watch Tony Adams on Strictly Come Dancing

The start date of Strictly Come Dancing, which was initially supposed to be Saturday, September 17, was postponed because it fell near the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The first Strictly live show is now scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 24 and will be broadcast from 6.45pm to 9pm.

Strictly Come Dancing is shown live on BBC One every weekend and is also available on catch-up via BBC iPlayer.

Full Strictly Come Dancing 2022 line-up

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 contestants James Bye; Kym Marsh, Hamza Yassin; Tyler West; Tony Adams; Kaye Adams; Jayde Adams; Helen Skelton; Fleur East; Richie Anderson; Molly Rainford; Matt Goss; Ellie Simmonds; Will Mellor; Ellie Taylor,BBC,Ray Burmiston

The following is the full contestant line-up for Strictly Come Dancing 2022:

  • Will Mellor
  • Kym Marsh
  • Richie Anderson
  • Kaye Adams
  • Jayde Adams
  • Ellie Simmonds
  • Tyler West
  • Matt Goss
  • Ellie Taylor
  • Molly Rainford
  • Tony Adams MBE
  • Fleur East
  • Hamza Yassin
  • James Bye
  • Helen Skelton