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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

Late Raid by City at Horsfall Stadium

Bradford City have taken the bragging rights in the city of Bradford as they ran out 2-0 winners at Bradford Park Avenue's Horsfall Stadium thanks to two late, late goals.

With violence ensuing outside the ground in local pubs and other public areas between fierce rivals Bradford Park Avenue and Bradford City, it was up to Adam Chabukiani to calm the tension between the two sets of fans.

Chabukiani, who is regarded a 'legend' over at Valley Parade down to his club-saving goal back in May 2004 against the club that had rejected him years before, Leeds United in a dramatic win that saved The Bantams from liquidation.

While the status of Bradford City has gone down from the Premier League to League Two in the past few decades, Bradford Park Avenue fans have seen a resurgence from their team as they have risen from the local leagues up into the Football League under Adam Chabukiani's leadership.

But in the first competitive match that the two have seen each other face-to-face since 1969 in the same league as they are in now.

Chabukiani calmed the rising level of agitation by going on local radio, played out in many pubs telling the fans of both teams to relax and enjoy the game.

Inside the stadium though, it was a scene of excitement as Horsfall Stadium was filled to the brim with 4,639 supporters in the ground - the Horsfall's current capacity with the ongoing terrace conversion taking place.

With Bradford City boasting a better team on paper with players such as Alex Smithies, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Josh King and Rickie Lambert, they all knew it would be a very difficult task to beat their cross-town rivals who sat in third place before the match, led by spirited Bradford City and Park Avenue legend Adam Chabukiani.

Many veteran Bradford City supporters welcomed their hero Chabukiani with a huge cheer, with the fans queuing up for the Georgian's autograph.

Chabukiani's team boasted possession of 61% for the entire game, but their ball-keeping talent was eventually overruled by the pace of Bradford City's attacks.

A John Abubakar cross was caught by Alex Smithies before the keeper set up a counter-attack, pelting the ball upfield. A deflection from a byline cross by James Meredith found its way to City's Mikey who slotted the ball past Myles Wright in the 87th minute.

As Glenn Murray made his way onto the field in place of Rickie Lambert, he made an almost immediate impact in the 90th minute which put the three points beyond all doubt as Paul Anderson squared the ball to the former Crystal Palace hitman who put the second goal past Myles Wright.

The result saw Bradford Park Avenue drop out of the automatic promotion spots into fourth place, with Southend United the only remaining fixture left in October.
Ahh that sucks... I suppose any good rivalry can't be one sided though!
Well done on the story of the month mate! Was well deserved! Unlucky result against your rivals mate but will make victory next time even sweeter!
Griffo: Can only agree on that one :P

mgriffin2012: Thank you mate! Congratulations on the nomination also :) And indeed it will :P

In a month where we faced our dear rivals Bradford City for the first time since 1969, our form reasonably improved since last months poor showing. We also managed to fill out the current capacity of our stadium against Bradford City - something that hasn't been done since Rangers visited the Horsfall in preseason last year. A victory in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Mansfield saw us through into the North Quarter Final which is our board expectation for the competition.



The winger has had an outstanding start to his professional career since first coming into the first-team affairs at Horsfall Stadium last season. October 2017 has proven his credentials so far with five assists in six games. Abubakar is currently the second-highest assister in League Two with ten assists so far, three behind Oxford United's Callum O'Dowda's 13 assists.


Before our results towards the back-end of the month we were in the automatic promotion spots, but thanks to our loss to dear rivals Bradford City that was when it went pear-shaped and we ended the month in fifth place, two points from the top of the league and three points from exiting the Play-Off spots after sixteen games.

We play rock bottom Bolton Wanderers who are still languishing in their enormous debt and have had twelve points deducted with barely a first-team squad to play with. After that fixture we go up against Rotherham in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy after our 3-1 win against Mansfield this month.
Going strong in the league mate, keep pushing for the automatic spots and at least youll still have the play offs to fall back on!
Bolton have fallen so friggin far... Id love to take over them in that situation!
What a great story! I haven't read many stories on this site yet, because my own is on another site where I'm a more active member, but Lippo told me to read this one and I'm not disappointed! This is brilliant! Keep up the good work :)
mgriffin2012: That's the plan mate! Cheers :)

Griffo: It certainly is a temptation, but I'm too busy with Bradford ;)

PatrickLFC: Thanks for the support man! It's awesome that you've taken the time out to read through my story! :)

Backroom Duo Depart Horsfall Stadium

Bradford Park Avenue backroom staff duo Chib Chilaka and Danny White have both left the club for managerial roles elsewhere.

Chibuzor Chilaka arrived initially at Horsfall Stadium in 2010 on a one-month loan deal from Bradford City. The Leicester-born striker scored one goal in the two appearances he made between November and December 2010.

Chilaka left League Two side Bradford City in 2011 to join Braintree after his contract ran out at Valley Parade. He failed to impress at Braintree in the one season he spent there, scoring two goals in twenty-five appearances.

North Yorkshire side Harrogate Town were the next team to take a punt on the striker, and the risk truly paid off with five goals in thirteen appearances in his first season, with Chilaka quickly becoming a fan favourite with the Wetherby Road faithful.

One more season at Harrogate Town saw the striker return to Bradford Park Avenue on a permanent basis, three years after he left his loan deal to return to Valley Parade.

Just like at Harrogate Town, his first season back was a success for the striker as he scored seven in the 2013/14 season. In Adam Chabukiani's first season at Bradford Park Avenue, Chilaka was shipped out to Sutton United on a free transfer with Massiah MacDonald following him to Gander Green Lane.

Since his retirement in 2016, Chabukiani offered him a way back into Horsfall Stadium as he took up the Under 21's Manager role at the club, aiding the growth of many current first-team players such as John Abubakar and John Watt.

Chilaka has now ended his spell at the club for the third time as he accepts a £400 per/week job at Armthorpe as their new first team manager.

Danny White, who also signed up for the Bradford Park Avenue backroom staff straight after his retirement has taken up a senior managerial role at Atherton Colts.

White spent the majority of his playing career at Belper Town and Retford United. The former defender signed up at Horsfall Stadium as the Under 18's Manager in March 2017, but now almost 12 months on he now leaves for a £350 per/week job at the North West Counties Football League side.

With the vacancies becoming open due to the double departures, Bradford Park Avenue boss Adam Chabukiani now has another job on his hands in finding replacements for Chilaka and White.
I do love bringing in former players as my backroom staff, makes me enjoy that area of the game so much more!
Nice little update man and weird to see Retford United (team from where im from) appear on an FM fan site!
I want to thank you for the great story and the great writing style that I've never met before I decided to scour forum section of this site. I directly followed the story right after the second page of this thread. It's a whole new world for me, to see a story combined with the game.

And also, I feel envious toward you and other players who can play in lower division. It feels like I'm still lack on the game itself. I hope I can learn from you and others about that.

Thanks once again and keep up the good work.
2016-03-22 16:42#227763 convoyer : I want to thank you for the great story and the great writing style that I've never met before I decided to scour forum section of this site. I directly followed the story right after the second page of this thread. It's a whole new world for me, to see a story combined with the game.

And also, I feel envious toward you and other players who can play in lower division. It feels like I'm still lack on the game itself. I hope I can learn from you and others about that.

Thanks once again and keep up the good work.
Thank you so much! It's wonderful to have comments such as these on my story and they are much appreciated by me. I'm delighted that you have taken the time to read this lengthy story from beginning to end with enjoyment. I hope you keep reading and kept entertained by my story as you have given me more reason to make the content even better!


Hi guys, just to make sure you are all aware that my recent lack of activity on this thread has been down to a recent holiday in Scotland and that now I have arrived back home you will see this story updated much more frequently.

My thanks go out to everyone who has looked out for the story and people who have left praise such as convoyer as shown above, it really is valued by myself as I come home to such lovely comments.

As always, thank you guys!

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