Jewish mo­nop­oly worth a wa­ger

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

DID YOU know that the four ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions in Eng­land have been won by clubs with Jewish own­ers. Surely that bet would have been a de­cent price at the start of the sea­son. Daniel Levy’s Spurs started things off by win­ning the Car­ling Cup fi­nal against Chelsea in Fe­bru­ary. Then Mal­colm Glazer’s Manch­ester United pipped Chelsea to the post in the Bar­clays Pre­mier League. Last Satur­day, Alexandre Ga­day­mak’s Portsmouth lifted the FA Cup at Wem­b­ley, and most re­cently, we had the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal on Wed­nes­day be­tween United and Ro­man Abramovich’s Chelsea.

All this hap­pened in a week when Alan Hansen, one of my child­hood he­roes, told me that he be­lieves Abramovich has been good for foot­ball. Hansen was the latest leg­end on my CV of A-list play­ers in­ter­viewed. In fact, I could put to­gether a pretty de­cent team of play­ers past and present that I’ve had the priv­i­lege of in­ter­view­ing over the years.

In defence I’d have Ash­ley Cole, Tony Adams, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Mab­butt who would get the nod over Tal Ben Haim. Mid­field would con­sist of Sir Alan Ball, John Barnes, Yossi Be­nay­oun and Graeme Souness which gives a per­fect bal­ance of flair and bite. Up top, Ron­nie Rosen­thal would line up along- side Ian Rush with Alan Smith on the bench. The only area I’m lack­ing is a keeper. Any­one know of a de­cent one? And, of course, WAG Louise Red­knapp would have to be mas­cot! I’d have Pini Za­havi as my agent but would have to think twice about Steve McClaren as man­ager with David Pleat prob­a­bly pip­ping him to the post.

Sun­day is the last week­end of the JC MSFL sea­son. All pro­mo­tion and rel­e­ga­tion is­sues have been set­tled with the ex­cep­tion of one. The re-match be­tween North West Neas­den B and Faith­fold B in Di­vi­sion One should be a humdinger with Neas­den need­ing max­i­mum points to steal sec­ond place from Mon­tana Boca United A.

Mon­tana have been in the top two all sea­son but the re­cent de­feat against Faith­fold could come back to haunt them if Neas­den can re­peat their dis­play from last week­end when they thumped the Su­per­hoops 5-1.

Bruno Frankel, one of the un­sung he­roes , came up trumps to put Neas­den on the verge of a top-flight re­turn and leave Faith­fold star­ing rel­e­ga­tion in the face. Hav­ing bat­tled so hard to earn pro­mo­tion last sea­son, it would be a dis­as­ter if my for­mer club be­came a yo-yo team.

They are packed with qual­ity, with Yoni Rae­burn pulling the strings. Like Neas­den, their des­tiny lies in their own hands but they will have one eye on the match be­tween Gold­ers Green and Hen­don United B. Gold­ers are al­ready down so if Hen­don win, they could just save their first di­vi­sion sta­tus. Hor­nets keeper Nicky Rosen­thal, David Atkins and Gav Noe will be key play­ers for Marc Lewis’ troops on the day and I ex­pect Sun­day morn­ing to fea­ture many twists and turns.

Tony Kane, a for­mer team­mate from my Scrab­ble FC days, has ad­mit­ted hav­ing a soft spot for clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist Tanya By­ron. Per­haps that ex­plains all the de­fen­sive lapses he had play­ing in front of me back in the 1990’s. See Danny Caro’s week­end preview on Email dan­ny­

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