From keep­ing goal to keep­ing law and or­der in Edg­ware

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

IDID MY bit for crime preven­tion last Sun­day af­ter help­ing to re­store or­der to the streets of Edg­ware. Hav­ing just com­pleted a heavy ses­sion at the gym, I was pumped and had a take-no-pris­on­ers at­ti­tude. A drunk, armed with a bot­tle of wine and can of beer, had al­ready been shown the door at Grodzin­skis, across the road, and then tried to in­tim­i­date staff at Sharon’s bak­ery.

The sit­u­a­tion turned nasty when he asked for a sand­wich con­tain­ing ba­con or ham. He then be­came abu­sive to­wards staff. But cometh the hour, cometh the man. I in­ter­vened and told him that his sort were not wanted here. He went with his tail be­tween his legs. I don’t ex­pect to re­ceive the free­dom of Edg­ware or a brav­ery award but a small dis­count at the kosher eater­ies or deli would not go amiss.

A fam­ily from South Africa liv­ing in Lon­don has laid claim to be­ing the best sport­ing one in the coun­try. Marc Rein­gold, cap­tain of Stan­more Cricket Club, saw his team fin­ish run­ners-up in the Cock­spur Na­tional Twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion.

The for­mer South African school­boys crick­eter grew up play­ing along­side Jonty Rhodes and Alan Don­ald. He also played pro­fes­sional foot­ball for Hel­lenic.

Rein­gold, 39, helped his team beat St Just in the semi-fi­nals at the Swalec Sta­dium in Cardiff. The left-handed all-rounder scored 13 off 12 balls. But his team was out­fought in the fi­nal as they suc­cumbed by 54 runs against South Northum­ber­land.

Rein­gold said: “The bet­ter team won. Our boys have done well and beaten some hard teams to get here. We’ve en­joyed it.”

The fam­ily tra­di­tion does not end there though as Rein­gold is the un­cle of Rangers mid­fielder Dean Fur­man, cur­rently on loan to Brad­ford City. And his other nephew, Jake, 17, plays for Win­gate & Finch­ley re­serves.

It is a well-known fact that I de­test pro­grammes such as Big Brother, X Fac­tor, Pop Idol and Strictly Come Danc­ing. But even I could not re­sist watch­ing a few min­utes of Rachel Stevens and BBC’s The One Show co­p­re­sen­ter Chris­tine Bleak­ley. And I was pleased to see Rachel’s fi­ancée Alex Bourne fight­ing his cor­ner when asked what he thought about her danc­ing part­ner, Vin­cent Si­mone. “Flirt­ing is OK,” ad­vised an­gry Alex, “as long as it’s no more than that.” That’s a si­lent threat if ever I’ve heard one.

On that sub­ject, Glen­thorne United mid­fielder Matthew Gep­part was an un­used sub­sti­tute against UJIA af­ter up­set­ting his man­ager while run­ning the line. Paul Sil­ver was none too pleased when Gep­part failed to flag for what he fumed was a “bla­tant off­side” be­cause he was too busy eye­ing up the lo­cal tal­ent on the side­lines. The re­sult­ing goal didn’t help his cause.

L’Equipe hot­shot Ja­son Miller wins my Player of the Month award for Septem­ber. Neas­den A pair Jamie Cole and Daniel Fox are Man­ager of the Month af­ter steer­ing last sea­son’s dou­ble win­ners to four straight vic­to­ries. See Danny Caro’s week­end roundup at Email Now see Danny Caro’s blog at http://com­mu­ blogs/danny-caro/

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