Out of goal, but still Number One
IAM PLEASED to confirm that I am still the king of Jewish football. Last week, when out celebrating my 35th birthday with family, I performed an off-the-cuff interview live on Jcom radio in a four-way link-up to get predictions of weekend matches.
Up against Jewish News sports reporter Andrew Sherwood, former colleague Laurence Stein and co-host Mike Peters, I tipped four correct results and one perfect score. Route One Sports Show co-host Jeremy Silverstone remarked: “You can legitimately claim to be the undisputed voice of Jewish sport (again).”
I am not a fan of the JC MSFL’s rule which allows players from a club featuring more than one team to drop down when their regular side is without a match. The debate reared its head again when Michael Pearson and Josh Bentley, recent player’s of the season, gave a big helping hand to London Maccabi Lions B and Hendon United B respectively. Hendon’s Motti Korman dropped down four divisions to help the C team hustle FC Team A. They say size is not everything, but in the Maccabi League it certainly helps.
Ian Leader, player-manager of EDRS Stonegrove Masters, did not know who to cheer for when his twins — Mark and Matt — went head-to-head for the first time since they were 11. Mark finished the happier after London Maccabi Lions B upset Faithfold A 3-2.
Pinner JFC coach and striker Gideon Josephs has staked his claim for being the Maccabi League’s fittest footballer after working up a good sweat ahead of last weekend’s Division Five clash against FC Marylebone.
The 29-year-old personal trainer took two swimming lessons, a spinning class and a private session just 24 hours before the 2-0 defeat in which he was denied by the post twice.
Red Sea hotshot Simon Wayne wins my award for quote of the week after his brace against Holy Mount Zion. “I enjoyed scoring two goals but actually lasting the full 90 for the first time since 1987 meant just as much.”
Hendon United C keeper Aaron Djanogly was not far behind. Celebrating victory over FC Team A, he quipped: “Last time we played against Lorian Madanes, he was a Lions A player and they beat us 15-1 in the third round of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup. I thought it might be our day when I went for my pre-match pit-stop and found a tenner next to me on the grass. That tenner went straight to the bar at The Hendon pub, after all, the Hendon motto is ‘win or lose, always booze!’ Even chairman Marc Lewis had a smile on.”
Southgate Harmen chairman and founder member Simon Lyons is celebrating becoming a father for the first time. Simon’s dad, David, enjoyed the moment from afar after watching his beloved Spurs beat Hapoel Tel Aviv. He said: “With Harmen A on a great run and Spurs looking solid in Europe, it was the end to a perfect week.”
My phone has not stopped ringing ahead of Israel’s Euro 2008 clash against Russia. LBC, BBC’s Football Focus and even football agent Eric Hall wanted some words of wisdom to give England fans hope. Hall also mentioned something about a kosher evening at the Football Academy in Loughton next Thursday.
The first round of the southern section of the Maccabi GB Peter Morrison Trophy has thrown up some intriguing ties. Holders London Maccabi Lions A host Division One leaders Glenthorne United. Thornes boss Ian Cohen promised: “we will turn up.”
Glenthorne Masters are confident that age will prove no barrier when they play Bafana Bafana. See Danny Caro’s weekend roundup on www.thejc.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org