SPORTING GESTURES OF A NON-JEWISH LEAGUE
May I add my own experience with non-Jewish football authorities to that of Daniel Baum ( Letters, September 25)?
In the early 1970s, I helped form the Club Shalom Jewish football team for 13-15 year-olds. It was not practical to try and join either the AJY or Maccabi leagues and I approached the local Sussex “Mini Minor” league. I was told that all matches took place on a Sunday morning.
When I explained that the team attended religious classes at that time, I was told that whenever Club Shalom played it would be on a Sunday afternoon. The league management also agreed to honour Jewish holidays that fell on a Sunday.
A further concession was made by transferring the Friday evening management meetings to Thursdays.
And when the annual Mini Minor league team was chosen it contained a number of our players.
In yet another show of understanding, when we had a match straight after the Munich Olympic massacre, and our team wore black armbands, the managers of the opposing team, agreed to keep a minute’s silence. Stanley Lerner Hove Park Way, Hove, East Sussex Please note that individual letters cannot be acknowledged. Letters may be edited. The email address for correspondence is: email@example.com. All correspondents are requested to supply their postal address, even when writing by email.