Former Meadonian – Albert Adomah
Last Saturday, 5th October, Meads members, Dermot Jordan, Simon Cartlidge, Roy Mcloughlin and myself (Kevin Quinn) visited Nottingham to watch the Championship match between Forest and Brentford. The added dimension was that Meads old boy, Albert Adomah, is now at Forest and his career, at 31, continues to flourish.
Albert started his senior footballing career as a 15-year-old playing for the 9th team. He progressed to the 8ths and then at 17 he had forced his way into the 1st team for the 2005/6 season.
A quiet and shy lad, he showed glimpses of his talent that season but it was relatively unspectacular in, what was to turn out to be, a thrilling season for us. Albert played his part in the success but it was only at the end of the season did we really see what talent he possessed.
We had started our league campaign aiming to win the title for the 6th consecutive time. However, after 6 games we had won 1 and drawn 5, giving our rivals Hampton, the opportunity to stretch out a lead. We then went on a phenomenal run which led us to winning the AFA MIDDX/ESSEX v Broomfield 5-0 (Quinn hat trick) and the LOB cup v Southgate County 3-2. Our only blip in the whole season was an AFA SENIOR semi-final draw 1-1 with Owens, which we lost on penalties.
It was 2 months later when we played Hampton on a balmy May evening under the lights at Hanwell Town, that Albert showed off his talents. He had only turned 18 in December and was growing quickly. On this particular evening, the equation for Hampton was simple. In this, their last match of the season, they knew a victory would give them the title. A draw would mean we would have to win our remaining 4 matches to pip them on goal difference, and a victory for us would put Meads in control. Well, that night Albert tore them apart.No matter where he was on the pitch we passed to him. He was yards quicker than anyone else and he had the Hampton team in a whirlwind of uncertainty. His headed goal gave us a 1-0 win, as we went on to complete a treble and be undefeated (aside from the shoot out) the whole season.
At the end of the season, Meads had to reluctantly say goodbye to Albert as he joined Harrow Borough, making 69 appearances for them. Then in 2008, he signed professional terms with Barnet, playing 112 times. In 2010 he joined Bristol City (131) and in 2013 he moved on to Middlesbrough(130). From there it was to Aston Villa in 2016 (123) and then in the recent close season, he moved on to Notts Forest. Albert also has 19 caps for Ghana and played in the 2014 world cup!!!. On Saturday after the match, Derm had arranged for Albert to come out to chat with us. He has great memories of his time at Meads and remembers clearly that night at Hanwell, ‘remember my nodded goal?’ he said, gesticulating with a jerk of the head. He remains a quiet, charming, polite lad who carries himself with utter humility.
He had asked if we were sorted for tickets and wanted to know if Paddy still dished out ‘The Wig’ for foul-up of the week. He names the likes of Gyan and Essien (his Ghana Teammates), along with Jack Grealish and Robert Snodgrass, as some of his most talented teammates. Though he considers Pete the Pole as ‘A huge talent’. It was a delight to catch up with him. We offered to pay his match fees if he rejoined Meads and even promised a renewed link up with the aforementioned Pete Pole. Sadly he declined. However, he is most definitely ‘One of our own’.