[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Here’s what you need to know about the latest series” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:ABeeZee%3Aregular%2Citalic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Abel is happy-go-lucky, up for a joke and gladly goes along with Togger’s scams. Until recently, he would happily have turned his back on schoolwork to become a professional footballer. But the football academy rules placed unbearable strain on his friendships and eventually Abel realised his mates were more important.
Dad was a plumber until an accident left him unable to work and for a long time the family lived off benefits. Mr Benson is now back at work in a shoe repair shop, but can’t forgive Abel for passing up the chance of a lifetime…
Year 7 Abel is involved in the “sacred undies” challenge with Togger and Andy. He and Togger have an illicit swim but Abel’s clothes go missing, turning up days later. The lads also discover Tranter’s secret hideout and bring him food.
Year 8: Abel and Togger visit Bill Winston, Grange Hill’s oldest surviving pupil, to interview him for their Citizenship project. During the holidays the pair don’t do any work and go to visit Bill again – only to discover he has died. Their presentation is a farce – Mr Green is furious but the pair are spared Mrs Bassinger when Togger drops the bombshell.
Year 9: Abel wins a place in the football academy, and his relationship with Togger deteriorates under the restrictions imposed on him. Abel can’t juggle the academy with the demands of school and is often tired in class. Malachay is furious when Abel eventually drops out of the academy but his friendship with Togger quickly heals.
Year 10: Abel is having a difficult time with his dad. He later finds out that racism ended his father’s athletic career, and that’s why Mr Benson is furious that Abel walked out on the football academy. Abel has to face racist attitudes himself, in the form of Donnie.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]