Abel is happy-go-lucky, up for a joke
and gladly goes along with Togger's scams. Once 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
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.
Year 11: With Andy packed off to another
school, Abel finds himself as Togger's best mate
and tries to help Togger do the right thing with
MATE RATING: Don't
count on him - remember the Academy?
More interested in football than girls