Bully boy tac­tics will never work

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

SOME PEO­PLE BE­LIEVED it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore Ham­p­den Square ran into trou­ble. They have played six, won six but made few friends. Com­plaints from three of their op­po­nents over their con­duct has put the league in an awk­ward po­si­tion but I com­mend the de­ci­sion to sus­pend their fix­tures un­til the case is heard at an MSFL com­mit­tee meet­ing on Novem­ber 12. It’s time to name and shame as there is no place for bully boy tac­tics in the league. I hope they can pick out the bad eggs.

The latest fa­ther-and-son team to hit Jewish foot­ball fea­tures ex-Eng­land Euro­pean Mac­cabi Games vet­eran winger Graeme Warner and Lee play­ing for Manch­ester Mac­cabi 2nd in the Manch­ester Ac­coun­tant League. Ad­mit­tedly, Graeme is not as speedy at 49, but he can cer­tainly teach his 16-year-old boy a thing or two.

“As we are both left-footed and Lee is a full back, we have a great un­der­stand­ing on the pitch, as long as I re­main in­jury -free,” said Graeme, who will later this month take penal­ties at Manch­ester City for Chil­dren in Need.

Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons have un­veiled Leigh Perl and Thomas Nikolop­u­los as joint man­agers of the Wat­ford Friendly League Un­der 12 team.

The se­nior squad have added to their for­eign le­gion with Mac­cabi Gi­bral­tar star JJ Ramos join­ing the likes of Spa­niard Brian Es­tiz at Row­ley Lane. Hen­don United A hot­shot Saul Con­way is my player of the month for Oc­to­ber af­ter hit­ting dou­ble fig­ures.

He scored two hat-tricks and, bro­ken down fea­tures six over two games against Oak­wood EDRS A, three against Red­bridge Jewish Care A and one against Bafana Bafana. He held off a four-way as­sault from Chigwell Ath­letic’s Steve Sum­mers, Dean Ben Yosef, Greg Book­man and Daniel Gor­don.

The Es­sex club could not be ig­nored for the top boss award with A team man­ager Rus­sell Brill pip­ping B team’s Rus­sell Green and Hen­don United A’s Jonathan Kesten­baum to the ac­co­lade. Brill has given Chigwell A a sense of pro­fes­sion­al­ism. His tac­tics and prepa­ra­tion are sec­ond to none.

Brill’s met­tle will be tested over the next fort­night with a dou­ble-header in cup and league against Lon­don Macca- bi Li­ons A. He sin­gled out Daniel Cas­tle and Danny Su­gar­man for eye-catch­ing per­for­mances in the 3-0 win over Faith­fold A on Sun­day and la­belled the lat­ter “an in­dis­pens­able”.

Hav­ing signed for­mer Win­gate & Finch­ley cap­tain Guy Mor­ris in the past few days, Brill re­vealed: “The matches against Li­ons will re­ally show how far we have pro­gressed as a team this sea­son.”

South Man­cu­ni­ans striker Richard Fo­gel­man, aka Sch­nitzel­man, has been of­fered an in­cen­tive not to play in Sun­day’s Di­vi­sion Five clash against FC Maryle­bone. At the start of the sea­son Fo­gel­man agreed a schnitzel per goal in­cen­tive.

The striker has scored 16 goals so far this term but start­ing the mind games early, Maryle­bone player-man­ager Jonathan Davody has of­fered him a schnitzel and lemon­ade for a no-show.

Glen­thorne United boss Ian Co­hen is de­mand­ing a re­turn to ac­tion for JC re­porter Daniel Lass­man who re­cently re­tired due to per­sis­tent in­jury prob­lems.

South­gate Har­men A player-man­ager Jonathan Hir­sh­ler wins my award for quote of the week. Re­spond­ing to Jon Mor­ris’ win­ner against Mon­tana Boca United A, he quipped: “No one knows what he was do­ing 50 yards out of po­si­tion, but we are de­lighted he was in the right place at the right time.” See Danny Caro’s week­end round-up on www.thejc.com. Email: dan­ny­caro@thejc.com

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