They went from zeroes to heroes
IN AN AGE of conspiracy theories and match-fixing scandals, it was great to see Israel put itself back on the football map and give the English team hope. Those of you who saw my interview on BBC One’s Football Focus will have heard me rubbish claims that Roman Abramovich’s billions could impact the result. I was interviewed by Ivan Gaskell and took the crew to Golders Green’s training session where striker Assi Avital, Tal Stern and joint-managers Roi Makdasi and Yair Spitzer in front of the cameras. Then it was back to Avital’s coffee shop in West Hampstead for the main interview, along with Israel legend Ronnie Rosenthal.
Like me the team were confident Israel would play the game of its life and show football fans across the world the real national team, following the recent 3-0 debacle at Wembley.
Adam Davies has been replaced by the new management team of Simon Davidson and Braham Hochenberg at Division Five title hopefuls South Mancunians B. Hochenberg hopes to return to action soon after recovering from a broken shoulder.
AC Cricklewood have signed James Temple from North London Raiders. He hopes to be back in action following a broken arm. Another player in the wars is Faithfold C’s Jamie Isenwater. I am glad to report that last week’s ruptured ankle ligament injury is not as bad as first thought. Manager David Garson hopes he’ll “return in a couple of weeks”.
South Mancunians A have signed Alon Hershkorn whom striker Craig Edwards said “looks very good and quick in training”.
Brixton Old Boys have unearthed something of a supersub in the shape of Richard Delow. No player can ever be content with a regular place on the bench but, it’s a case of so far so good as Delow has come up trumps for boss Damian Sullam. Last Sunday’s strike against Temple Fortune was the third time in four games he has scored with his first touch.
Rowley Lane Sports Ground, home to London Maccabi Lions, has had its fair share of celebrities but members were surprised to see Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger casting an eagle-eye over the club’s girls team last weekend. Kitman Dave Snellman, an avid Gooner, could not believe his luck but joint Sunday A team boss Ben Winston was gutted about missing the chance to meet one of his sporting idols.
Winston, who directed the blockbusting In the Hands of the Gods documentary, interviewed Big Brother star Ziggy Lichman on his show on Jcom radio. He told me that the Southgate Harmen keeper hopes to make a comeback some time soon.
There are some big games in store both sides of the Watford Gap this weekend. In the JC MJSL, clash of the day comes in the Pennines where Leeds J-Uni host leaders Roy’s Rovers.
Down south, the top of the table clash between leaders Chigwell Athletic A and London Maccabi Lions A takes centre stage. Lions beat the East Londoners 3-1 in the JC League Cup a fortnight ago and Chigs boss Russell Brill is working on a plan to keep his team a point ahead of the rest. Having played a game more, Brill will look for another good performance from strikers Steve Summers and Dean Ben Yosef. I can see the clash being settled in midfield where big-hitters Daniel Castle of Chigwell and Lions’ Ricky Kennet will relish the occasion.
In Division One, joint-leaders Montana Boca United A face a tough test against a North West Neasden B team playing catch-up. See Danny Caro’s weekend roundup on www.thejc.com Email: email@example.com