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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

Wonderkid duo Dave Millington and Tony Cooke have both agreed to new long-term deals at Bradford Park Avenue today.

It's been a long time coming for the pair who play in the first-team. Just last season Millington went on loan to both Birtley Town in the county leagues and Sky Bet League Two outfit Newport County.

The central midfielder has become well-known due to his set-piece talent, with the 19-year-old scoring many free-kicks during his time in the Bradford PA development teams and other teams as well.

Millington signed his first scholar contract at the club in March 2017, when Avenue were battling it out for promotion from the National League. He had made no first-team appearances for his parent club until this season in the Championship where he has made five appearances, picking up an average rating of 6.86 according to statistics on Prozone.

The Bradford-born midfielder signed a new deal today tying him down at the club until June 2022 - a three-year deal.

He spoke to the local press regarding his new deal: 'I am delighted to be able to say that I am staying at the club for the foreseeable future. The experience I've had under coaches at this club are experiences I won't get anywhere else for sure.

'The club keeps on expanding and growing further and further. I am extremely happy that the boss is beginning to select me in Championship fixtures and I will continue to play at my best for the club.'
Millington said.

With interest coming in from the likes of Liverpool and Aston Villa in the most recent transfer window, it was a main aim for Chabukiani to begin contract talks with extremely talented left-back Tony Cooke.

With the England Under-21 international making his way into the first-team last season in League One following the exit of Anthony Breslin to Wolves, he made his claim to Adam Chabukiani loud and clear with some excellent performances down the left flank.

Cooke has had to contest the left-back spot with Mexican star Miguel Layún and has done brilliantly to achieve eleven appearances this season in all competitions.

Cooke signs a new four-year deal with Avenue which keeps him at the club until June 2023, earning £700 per week, with bonuses and some clauses which could potentially trigger a pay rise for the 18-year-old.

The deals today goes to show how much Chabukiani values his younger assets as well as his more senior players, with the Georgian seeing the current batch of youngsters as Bradford Park Avenue's saviour in the upcoming years.

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It's been a rarely short month for us in November as we head towards the end of the current year and begin to head into the new decade. However we have maintained our unbeaten streak in the league with two wins and two draws throughout this month. We hammered five goals past Preston, who were the only team we failed to defeat during preseason which added onto the total of eleven goals that we scored this month.

With some great results this month and cue a few slip-ups on Watford's behalf, we have finally retaken our old top spot as we look down on the league, even with a game in hand now as we play Blackburn Rovers on the Sunday instead of the Saturday due to our groundshare with FC Halifax. Looking down at the bottom, Sunderland definitely seem to be stuck down there for a while now as they sit six points away from safety at the very bottom of the Championship table.

Guess who? Yes, it's Matthew Fletcher again with his third Player of the Month award of the season! He just can't contain himself as he rockets up to the top of the goalscoring charts with 21 goals, leading the way by a two goal difference on Sheffield United's Hervin Ongenda and a six goal lead on former Avenue star Mason Bennett. A hat-trick against Preston North End and a brace against Peterborough Unted helped this continuing show of brilliant form.

The game vs Preston was too good that you posted it twice!!!

Balik: I like showing off ;)

As Bradford Park Avenue enter the Third Round of the Emirates F.A. Cup for their first tie in the competition, they will face League Two side Plymouth Argyle.

Neither team have a glistening history in the domestic competition but Adam Chabukiani of Bradford is desperate to change that record this season.

The 32-year-old Georgian spoke to the press after hearing the draw:
Well, I'm sure we know that any team that we come up against in this competition is a big threat due to the amount of teams desperate to earn a bit more cash or even win the competition in its entirety. Plymouth are a good side and are performing well under Jim Bentley at the moment - we're in the process of scouting their next few games and we should be good to go against them.
I want to go as far as possible in the F.A. Cup this season as I really think that with what we have achieved as a club over the past few years has been tremendous and well worth a trip out to Wembley to watch our team in an F.A. Cup Final.

This is the first time that Bradford Park Avenue have ever entered the competition this late into its schedule, after spending so long in the qualifying stages in non-league to the first round in League One and Two.

Plymouth fans and officials realise that with the large quantity of better teams in the competition they are one of the least favourites to make it to Wembley, but the prize money that this competition brings into a club like Plymouth in League Two is undoubtedly essential.

The Pilgrims will be hoping that current top scorer at the club Alex Samuel will be fit for the tie as they will struggle for goals elsewhere on the pitch. That is in complete contrast to Bradford who currently have Matthew Fletcher - the top scorer of the Championship - on 27 goals, Michael Lieblein on 11 goals and Kelechi Iheanacho on 10 goals for the season in all competitions.

Last season Chabukiani led his Bradford team all the way into the Quarter-Finals of the F.A. Cup until a full-strength Arsenal side knocked them out at the Emirates Stadium with a 4-2 victory. Plymouth, however, failed to make it past the First Round as they were defeated by Peterborough at home.

This season Plymouth have so far scraped their way through the competition with a win on penalties against Newport County in the First Round, which required a Replay, before the most recent 1-0 victory over Scunthorpe United thanks to an early goal from midfielder Nathan Doyle.

It may well be the case that one of the clubs have a new face in by the time the fixture comes around on 4th January, with the January transfer window opening just four days before the date of the match.

Interesting draws for the Third Round of the F.A. Cup show that Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side Yorkshire Amateur will face the other unlikely face of Vanarama National North outfit Guiseley A.F.C at home. That means that whoever wins that tie will be one of the only non-league contestants left in the cup, with Harrogate Town likely to be knocked out by the heavyweight that is Chelsea.

All fixtures will take place on 4th January 2020 at three o'clock in the afternoon.
Another month of good results mate and what should be a relatively straight forward path into the Fourth Round!
2016-06-01 08:45#232914 mgriffin2012 : Another month of good results mate and what should be a relatively straight forward path into the Fourth Round!
Let's hope so for some of that F.A. Cup money! ;)

With two 3-2 losses at the hands of less than threatening opponents in the last month of the decade, I would say that December 2019 was a failure of a month. With some good parts like the 4-1 thrashing of Blackburn Rovers in the first game, and the 3-1 win in the second fixture against Charlton Athletic, our losses have cost us the top spot in the league to Derby County and made sure that we fell down into third place.

As you can see, we are now at the midpoint of our season in the Championship, and at the midpoint we are sat outside the top two with a game in hand with the potential to take us back up to first place. We are absolutely demolishing the entire league in terms of goals, as we lead by fifteen goals on the next top scoring team in the league. Somehow, though, Sunderland have managed a full recovery of their relegation threats as they led a five-game winning streak all the way throughout December to lift them up into 14th and safely away from the relegation zone.

Shigeru Gondo has been on magnificent form all the way through the season as he staked his claim for his starting spot at the beginning of the season. This form has led to himself becoming the leading goal creator in the league with 12 assists, and three coming this month as well as two goals. The wingers' pace has terrorised full-backs across the league this season and only this month has he outshone everyone else - demonstrating the full quality of our squad combined.

Disappointing to lose those two games mate but you're still third which in your first season in the Championship is a very creditable performance!
2016-06-01 11:06#232927 mgriffin2012 : Disappointing to lose those two games mate but you're still third which in your first season in the Championship is a very creditable performance!
I agree, but to say our form has been so great it's a shame to slide away a bit

Bradford Park Avenue have made their first ever £1,000,000 signing today as they sign Brazilian star Carabina from Ceará.

With Mason Holgate hitting the last transfer record of £50,000 in January 2019, Chabukiani has now smashed that with the signing of the young striker.

Carabina scored sixteen goals in the top-flight of Brazilian football, making nine more assists in the process. The press in Brazil have been raving about the 21-year-old, reporting that his finishing and pace had been ripping the league to shreds in South America.

We spoke to Ceará President Robinson de Castro for an exclusive view on the player:
Losing Carabina to your club is a huge loss for us, on the field and off the field. Our boy joined us in 2013 when he was just fourteen years old and he was a lovely young boy, always smiling and loving the game he played. But he is also a great footballer, possessing great talent on the ball as the striker. He knows how to score goals and how to make them.
We realised that moving to Europe is a great attraction for any Brazilian footballer and when we spoke to Carabina about it, he was reluctant to admit he wanted this move, but he told us in the end that it would be a dream to move to England and I really hope that you take care of him there. He's a good kid.

The youngster won the Young Player of the Year award in the Brazilian National First Division in 2018 and has been a great player for Alvinegro for the time he was there.

But now he chases his dream of becoming a major player in European football by signing a one-and-a-half year deal with Avenue. He will earn £250,000 in the time given to him on his contract as he will make £3,000 per week, of which he will pass £500 per week onto his family back in Fortaleza, in the north of Brazil. He will wear the number 18 jersey for his new club.

In other transfer news, in correspondence to the Carabina deal, fellow Bradford Park Avenue striker Kim Myung-Hoon - who signed last January - has been placed on the transfer list. Many potential suitors have come forward in pursuit of the South Korean international, but Serie A outfit Frosinone have been leading the pack in the chase.

Looks like being one hell of a good buy mate!
2016-06-02 14:50#233025 mgriffin2012 : Looks like being one hell of a good buy mate!
He bloody better be to say I spent a million on him :))

After tonnes of interest and many negotiated bids, Kim Myung-Hoon has finally weaved his way out of his unhappy spell in West Yorkshire.

Including a massive fee and a lot of relief for the South Korean international forward, Myung-Hoon has finalised his transfer to Italian high-flyers Frosinone for an outstanding fee of £2,500,000.

As the young striker became a free agent following his release from South Korean giants Ulsan Hyundai, Adam Chabukiani was the first manager on his case as he chased up his agent Cho Jae-Hoon.

In Korea, he startled the media as the wonderkid banged in 23 goals in 33 league games during the 2017/18 season, winning the Supporters' Player of the Year over in Asia.
In England, however, he did not have the same effect as he made fourteen appearances in all competitions in the total time of one year at the club, scoring six goals before being sold to Frosinone.

This could be interpreted as Bradford Park Avenue making a quick profit on a talented individual, or it could have been that they were waiting Kim Myung-Hoon to develop - with the player making the majority of his time in the development squad - but the offer from Frosinone was too good to turn down.

It is expected by Italian journalists that Myung-Hoon will make his way into Frosinone as a first-team regular straight away as the club have been lacking a strong striker up top for a long while.

This news comes in just days after the arrival of Brazilian star Carabina in West Yorkshire, the 21-year-old signed a deal at Bradford until 2021.

It is up for debate whether this money will be invested into more transfers, or saved up by the chairman John Dean for a later date. Many fans on social media have claimed to see Real Madrid's Marcos Llorente at the club's temporary home of The Shay, rumours have circulated that Chabukiani is looking to strike a loan deal for the 24-year-old Spanish midfielder.

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