Of­fi­cials ready for big stage

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

REF­ER­EES HAVE been un­der the spot­light in re­cent days, with some mind­bog­gling de­ci­sions mak­ing life tough for teams bat­tling for ti­tles, pro­mo­tion and against rel­e­ga­tion.

Sup­port­ers of North West Neasden will also re­call when Jer­nail Singh, who at the time was a Foot­ball League of­fi­cial, took charge of the 2009 Peter Mor­ri­son Tro­phy final. He sent off Daniel Cole in the open­ing stages against Hen­don, much to the be­muse­ment of both benches. In fact some would say he ru­ined the game as a spec­ta­cle.

Like Martin Fox, the Ref­er­ees’ Sec­re­tary of the JC MSFL, I’m glad that we’ve seen the re­turn of Mac­cabi League of­fi­cials for our show-piece fi­nals.

War­wick Blake, the dou­ble ref­eree of the year, has been schlep­ping nachas around the seder ta­ble this week af­ter be­ing con­firmed as the man in charge of this year’s Jewish FA Cup final fea­tur­ing Hen­don and Oak­wood on April 29. It caps a mem­o­rable sea­son for Glaswe­gian War­wick who re­cently took charge of a match at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium. Stephen Levy and Aron Djano­gly are the as­sis­tant-ref­er­ees while Robert Be­nard­out is the fourth of­fi­cial.

The pitch at the Harry Abra­hams Sta­dium, home of Win­gate & Finch­ley, will also play host to the two Mac­cabi League fi­nals a week ear­lier. Martin Laven­der is the man in the mid­dle for the JC Barry Gold­stein Tro­phy final be­tween North West Neasden C and UJIA. Quentin Fox and Bran­don Pi­eters will run the line, with Lau­rie Ben­son do­ing his best to keep or­der as the fourth of­fi­cial.

This will be fol­lowed by the JC Cyril Anek­stein Cup final when Hen­don hope to seal the first part of a pos­si­ble tre­ble, against Brady. Ref­eree Andy My­er­son will be as­sisted by Gary Sil­ver and the re­cently pro­moted Dan Co­hen. Martin De La Fuente com­pletes the line-up.

Speak­ing about the ap­point­ments, Fox said: “Andy has been a stand­out ref­eree this year. It was vir­tu­ally a no-brainer to give him the final. His marks have been above av­er­age this sea­son and he’s ref­er­eed with a smile on his face.”

On Laven­der, Fox said: “Af­ter 32 years in the MSFL, it’s about time he got a bit more recog­ni­tion.”

Fa­mil­iar­ity can be a good thing on the big stage and I don’t ex­pect there be any Jer­nail Singh mo­ments in matches that will at­tract some bumper crowds.

Clearly, the ap­point­ments are a big thumbs-up to some of the in­di­vid­u­als in­volved. Rarely does any­one ever re­mem­ber a good cup final ref­eree. Player, man­agers and sup­port­ers must re­mem­ber this at all times. See Danny Caro’s week­end round-up at thejc.com. Email dcaro@thejc.com and/or fol­low Danny on Twit­ter: @dj­caro

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