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Adam Chabukiani: Defying All Odds

The story of a young Georgian refugee, born through the chaos of the Abkhazia War to find his feet in the footballing world.
Started on 5 October 2015 by Jack
Latest Reply on 5 July 2019 by Justice
Just caught up with this after a while away from FM and it's as good as ever... great job in League One so far and keep up the update quality!
Another great update man!
Some major changes going on at the club at the minute but so long as it all works out for the best no one is going to complain!
Some big names there, especially Wiltord & Given!
Griffo: I'm pretty happy, it's a real refreshments but the whole sense of continuity has been sadly lost with some of the staff that have left :(

LFC: Cheers mate! :D

ScottT: Thanks Scott!

mgriffin2012: Yeah, obviously it's early days but with the quality some of the staff had in their playing days it should work out for us!

Justice: Some names you'd never expect to be associated with Bradford Park Avenue :))

Goals, goals, goals. Every single game this month has been a crazy spectacle. If you ever wanted the most exciting month of your life, all you had to do was buy a few tickets for the matches this month and your fan experience would be unbeatable! But in terms of a club side of things, the Reading demolition really set us backwards, but was quickly repaired with a 7-1 thrashing of Coventry in the very next game. Just out of the six games we played this month we scored 22 goals for ourselves, never mind the other team!

Along with all of the goals we scored this month, we finally retained our grasp of top spot in League One after the 12 points we gained this month. Our goal difference has also risen by a large margin, with Wycombe Wanderers having to now score 10 goals to even stand a chance of beating us in the aspect. The top three of ourselves, Wycombe and Peterborough are making the automatic promotion spots more of a three-horse race, with other Play-Off teams slowly beginning to drop out more and more as the season wears on.

In the F.A. Cup we defeated Doncaster Rovers 5-1 this month and will now play in the Sixth Round against Premier League giants Arsenal. To win against Arsenal, who have signed the likes of William Carvalho and Ross Barkley in recent seasons, would be a huge scalp for us. But as always, we will be playing on top form and hope to book a hotel at Wembley some time soon - and hopefully not in regards to the Play-Offs!

After an entire month out of club action due to his international loyalties, Fletcher came back in February with a bang. Fletcher didn't play a single game during Australia's AFC Asian Cup campaign in January, which Curtis Good played a major part in. The Socceroos were knocked out on penalties by Syria, who lost to South Korea in the Final.

But upon his return, Fletcher has scored ten goals in six appearances, yes, TEN GOALS. He scored two hat-tricks this month and bagged a superb rating of 8.63 throughout February. Not only that, but despite being out of League One action for a month, he leaped up 17 places in the goalscoring charts from the date he left, and now tops the top scorers list with 20 goals to his name!

Well you weren't kidding when you said there were lots of goals, were you? ;) In awe at your graphics, they're spectacular! Some really good signings, Guarin is a major coup. Hopefully you keep hold of 1st!
Not a fan of scraping 1-0's are you. Good February and nice job getting back on top in the league
You lot can really bang in the goals :P
BackPostHeader: We don't mess about over at Horsfall Stadium ;) And thanks man, I love to see people liking my layout!

ninjaskill: 1-0's are way too easy, thanks mate!

ScottT: And I'm really not complaining! :D
What a superb month for Bradford and Fletcher!

Adam Chabukiani has completed his second ever loan signing today as Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips joins on a three-month deal.

With Samed Yesil's short-lived loan spell at Horsfall Stadium last season, it is fair to say that Bradford Park Avenue boss Adam Chabukiani is not a big fan of temporary deals.

But today he has put his bias towards permanent deals aside and has signed up tireless midfielder Kalvin Phillips on a loan deal expiring on the 8th May 2019.

The last time Chabukiani made a loan deal with Liverpool's Samed Yesil, the German striker was sent home in January after only scoring seven goals in 24 games for Avenue in the league, with main striker Matthew Fletcher completely eclipsing that. Yesil now finds himself in League One, playing for automatic promotion challengers Peterborough United.

But despite his poor track record with loan deals, the gaffer has taken a punt on fellow West Yorkshire outfit Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips.

With the January transfer window firmly shut, Chabukiani would have had to wait until summer to sign Phillips permanently. But to see if he is really interested in the 23-year-old, the Georgian manager is paying the player £400 per week out of his £1,600 per week wage which he earns at Elland Road.

The midfielder's last loan spell was a great period for the player. He turned out 36 times for Notts County in 2015/16, scoring ten goals from midfield and assisting four goals in their League Two campaign.

Since then, the Leeds-born midfielder has failed to break into The Whites' first team, making only four league appearances for them in the past three years, currently being kept out of the team by the likes of fellow academy graduate's Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook as well as N'Golo Kanté, with Leeds challenging for the Sky Bet Championship title this season.

'I'm delighted that Kalvin has taken up the opportunity to join us here down at Horsfall Stadium. It's a good stage for him here and the family will welcome him as one of our very own. He's had a rough time of it at Leeds in the past few years and we're looking to get him playing again, at the level he should be at.' said club manager Adam Chabukiani.

Phillips' loan deal expires just three days before Bradford's last game of the season, which could be pivotal in swinging the title in Avenue's favour. This means that Chabukiani may look into the idea of extending his stay at some point. Phillips will also be available to play in the F.A. Cup tie against Arsenal later this month, which will be played at The Emirates Stadium.

The many youth products at Bradford Park Avenue whom have gone on to be success stories have either made local headlines or picked up large transfer fees - except for one.

This is the case of Roger Pursehouse. Pursehouse was given his scholarship contract at Bradford Park Avenue in 2016, and made his first senior team appearance in the National League North promotion season.

Two years later, Pursehouse was given his second Bradford Park Avenue appearance as he came on as a substitute against Bolton in League Two, making him have two first-team appearances in three seasons. With such little impact made, Pursehouse was an easy player for fans to forget about.

However over at Alfreton Town, where he has been loaned out to for the past two seasons, he is already a fan favourite.

Pursehouse scored 17 goals in 27 league games as a 17-year-old at North Street. He was playing in National League North and spearheaded Alfreton's promotion that season as they won the league title. Not only that, but he was named the league's Player of the Season after finishing runner-up in the top scorers section.

Now in the National League, Pursehouse was loaned to North Street once again and is yet again making headlines over in Alfreton. He has been named the Player of the Month on numerous occasions, placed in the Team of the Week several times and is the National League's current top goalscorer this season with a magnificent 22 goals, 6 goals ahead of Bolton's Oribe Peralta who is on 16.

Along with these individual accomplishments, 36 games into the season, Pursehouse has once again spearheaded Alfreton's season and has pushed Ian Yeowart's team into 4th place so far.

Pursehouse has commented on the club's progress and has expressed his desire to stay at the club on a permanent basis, but at 18 years old and carrying a whole team on his back, many doubt that Bradford Park Avenue boss Chabukiani will allow a deal to take place, which also leaves him with a huge selection headache.

It is all well and good having a very good striker on your books, but when you have the likes of Fletcher, Lieblein and Myung-Hoon also in the ranks, the selection process gets a whole lot harder for Chabukiani. This leaves him with the options of: selling him for a sizeable fee to Alfreton, loan him out for another season or keep Pursehouse at Horsfall Stadium and utilise him whenever possible.

It is all for next season, but it is a situation that Chabukiani must be aware of, especially with Alfreton chairman Guy Cotret lining up the funds for the wonderkid to join permanently next season.
I hope he goes there, I love seeing players leave on loan and watching the fans of that club fall in love with them
2016-05-17 04:17#231822 Griffo : I hope he goes there, I love seeing players leave on loan and watching the fans of that club fall in love with them
As much as I can relate and agree with that, I'd be losing what seems like a hell of a striker to Alfreton of all teams!

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