17 October 2004
The cheer when Adam got out of the car at Valley Parade was as loud as that which greeted any goal. The Bradford fans loved Adam more than any other player. Because he'd grown up and gone to school in the area, most of the fans either knew him or pretended they did.
And they loved the fact that he hadn't moved either; he still lived in the same house on the same estate that he'd grown up in. Even though soon he'd have enough money to buy a massive pad on the other side of town, Adam had agreed to stay at home with his mum and her boyfriend, Jeremy, and put his money into a special account that he could only access when he was twenty-one.
He'd seen with his injury last year how quickly the whole footballer dream could evaporate. Besides, this way he still got all his washing and ironing done!
Adam signed as many autographs as he could but, after ten minutes, he went into the players' entrance to get ready for the game. He knew that even if he stayed outside signing for the next two days, he still wouldn't get them all done.
As soon as Adam walked into the dressing room, he picked up the newspaper and scanned the back pages. Perhaps he should never have picked up the paper. Perhaps he should have just gone straight onto the pitch and started warming up. But Adam always read the newspaper before the game. It was as much a part of his pre-match ritual as putting on his boots.
But when he saw that day's headline, he stopped dead in his tracks.
"CHABUKIANI DOESN'T CARE ABOUT ME"
Exclusive by Barry Digmore
Soccer star's dad reveals his heartbreak at being "dumped" by son
Adam Chabukiani, the young teenage star currently taking the English football leagues by storm, has not spoken to his own father for FIVE MONTHS,
this newspaper can exclusively reveal. In a heart-wrenching interview, Chabukiani's father, Georgi, reveals his family hell for the first time.
-Adam ignores father's phone calls
-Adam has not given any money from his bumper new contract to his near penniless dad
"I can't believe the way he's turned his back on me,"
says Georgi, 38. "He was still just playing for his Sunday League team a few years ago. But I knew he had the talent and I believed in him."
"But now he's a top class English youngster, he doesn't want to know me. People are going on about what a great footballer he is but I think it's time that people knew the truth about him as a person."
DIGMORE'S DIG: Yet another example of a footballer getting too big for his boots! You should always remember who put you on top because they can bring you down just as quickly.
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