Bridge abuse not a place for kids

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

IT WAS A throw­back to the 1980s when I watched the sec­ond leg of the Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nal be­tween Chelsea and Liver­pool at Stam­ford Bridge last week. Sit­ting in the press over­flow in the East Lower Stand, I was taken aback by the foul-mouthed lan­guage com­ing from the ter­races. If I’d have started a swear­box I’d have come away from West Lon­don wealth­ier than Ro­man Abramovich. It was cer­tainly no place for young sup­port­ers but that is the de­ci­sion of their par­ents who pay for their ad­mis­sion into the ground.

Hav­ing earned ex­cel­lent vic­to­ries over the Merseysiders and Manch­ester United days ear­lier, I was amazed that not one voice sang the praises of man­ager Avram Grant. Hav­ing elim­i­nated Liver­pool, I hope the blues go on to beat United again but at least the na­tional me­dia is fi­nally start­ing to give the Is­raeli the credit and re­spect he de­serves. The cov­er­age of him in Auschwitz to com­mem­o­rate Holo­caust Day last week sent shivers down my spine.

Four English teams will take part in the an­nual Jom Ha Voet­bal tour­na­ment in Am­s­ter­dam on June 1. WHAFC, South­gate Har­men, South Manch­ester Mac­cabi, Alyth Bel­size are in­volved in an event that will fea­ture 74 teams play­ing 170 games in a day.

Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons B boss Daniel Reuben is a doubt for the team’s last two matches af­ter tweak­ing his ham­string play­ing Wi­iFit.

With the sea­son in wind-down and just three more cham­pi­onships to be set­tled, dou­ble-win­ning North West Neas­den A boss Jamie Cole has con­tin­ued the mind games by vow­ing to give “some B and C team play­ers” an out­ing in Sun­day’s Pre­mier Di­vi­sion clash against Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons A. The Li­ons are the only team to have beaten Neas­den in the league this sea­son and joint-man­ager Ben Win­ston re­cently re­minded Cole that Neas­den haven’t beaten the Arkley based gi­ants in their last nine meet­ings.

With sec­ond place still up for grabs, the Li­ons hope that Chigwell Ath­letic A can do them a favour in a dou­ble­header against Peter Mor­ri­son Tro­phy run­ners-up Hen­don United A.

Glen­thorne United hope to wrap up the Di­vi­sion One ti­tle when they en­ter­tain Brady Mac­cabi. The Edg­ware club, who drew 1-1 against the Thornes in Fe­bru­ary, have done a won­der­ful job to main­tain their first di­vi­sion sta­tus this sea­son with Joel Lass­man and Steve We­ston look­ing to con­tinue their good form. If Brady man­ager Lyn­ton Stock can mas­ter­mind a shock re­sult over the East Lon­don­ers, he might well be sent a bot­tle of bub­bly by Mon­tana A boss Marc Zied­man.

Sec­ond-placed Mon­tana hope to move a step closer to pro­mo­tion when they en­ter­tain strug­gling Faith­fold B. Mon­tana are an­other of the di­vi­sion’s sur­prise pack­ages and re­venge will clearly be on their minds as the greens thumped them 6-2 in the cor­re­spond­ing fix­ture when Nick Spe­vock (2), Adam Phillips, Jamie Tay­lor, Bradley Co­hen and Dar­ren Bloom did the dam­age.

South Man­cu­ni­ans A are play­ing catch-up in Di­vi­sion Two. With three games re­main­ing, they take on FC Heath know­ing that only max­i­mum points and plenty of goals will help them pip Oak­wood B to the ti­tle.

The fourth di­vi­sion ti­tle should be de­cided this week­end with FC Team A con­fi­dent of clinch­ing their first piece of sil­ver­ware when they take on arch ri­vals AC Crick­le­wood. Mitch Young’s men know that a point against their for­mer bo­gey team will be enough to start their cel­e­bra­tions. See Danny Caro’s week­end preview on www.thejc.com Email dan­ny­caro@thejc.com

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