Ben Haim’s had more clubs than Jack Nick­laus, but so what?

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IAL­MOST fell off my chair when I heard that Tal Ben Haim was re­turn­ing to Eng­land in a play­ing ca­pac­ity. No joke.

I thought he was past it, yes­ter­day’s fish and chip paper, but then I checked his age. 32 – the per­fect age for a de­fender. Just what Bob Pi­eters was look­ing for.

Even though he’s had more clubs than Jack Nick­laus, there’s no rea­son why Tal can’t do a job in the Cham­pion- ship. He’s fit and rar­ing to go.

Al­though many be­lieve his best years are be­hind him, he’s an in­ter­na­tional de­fender with 70-odd caps to his name. I’d de­scribe as a use­ful ad­di­tion.

Sev­eral teams from the MGBSFL, MJSL and Mac­cabi Masters League started pre-sea­son train­ing this week. Tem­ple For­tune are pre­par­ing for their 39th sea­sonintheLon­don­league­and­chair­man Nigel Kyte hopes the new logo - Wear The Shirt, Re­spect The Badge - will in­stil a sense of pride for the play­ers pulling on­theClub’sfa­mousyel­lowan­dred colours.

For­tune Old Boys’ Player of the Sea­son Howard Wal­lis has agreed to take on­theroleof team­man­agerand­has al­ready made an im­pres­sion on the Masters ‘trans­fer mar­ket’. But he’s keen to keep his cards close to his chest for the mo­ment.

James Ryan and Peter Kyte are still re­cup­per­at­ing from re­spec­tive knee in­juries. Kyte said: “My left one has im­proved but my right one is still painful, mean­ing that I am teach­ing my­self to shoot with my left foot... some­thing I should have done 40 years ago!”

Homeiswherethe­heart­is­forIan Tussie who has re­turned to his roots at South Manch­ester Sports fol­low­ing a spell at suc­cess­ful spell at Oak­wood.

Tussie be­lieves ex­cit­ing times lie ahead for the club fol­low­ing the first train­ing ses­sion with new coach Paul Kirkham.

“The lads love Kirky; he’s tough but fair and there’s ex­cite­ment at the prospect of work­ing with him,” he said.

South kick off their sea­son in a fort­night with a friendly against East Manch­ester. Marc Magid will man­age South’s sec­ond team, with Jake Ail­ion his as­sis­tant.

The cred­i­bil­ity, or other­wise, of Lon­don Mac­cabi Vale’s chal­lenge for pro­mo­tion from the Chess Val­ley League will be known af­ter the next two matches, ac­cord­ing to club leg­end Adam Brand.

Hav­ing missed the de­feat against Mill Hill Vil­lage, he made a ral­ly­ing cry ahead of what he de­scribes as a “must-win” clash against Lo­hana.

“We need to all be ready and give the skip­per a se­lec­tion headache.”

Si­mon Cor­ney claims ex­cit­ing times lie ahead for Old­ham’s Ath­letic af­ter they clinched a spon­sor­ship deal with Sports Di­rect.

The chair­man de­scribed the deal as “a land­mark day for the club” in a move that­seesthes­ta­di­um­named­changed from Boundary Park to Sports­Di­rect. comPark.

He said: “There is a lot go­ing on at the club, with the con­struc­tion of the new stand and the op­por­tu­ni­ties this af­fords us. It takes us to an­other level.”

Ger­manyeh.Who’dhavethought… cer­tainly none of the pun­dits I asked be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion.

It was a case of close but no cigar for Tony Gold, Ian Tussie, Irv­ing Modlin, David Gar­son, David Selig­man and Jody Marks, who like me, went for Ar­gentina.

Ev­ery­one else opted for Brazil and Spain.Re­mem­berthem? Email dcaro@thejc.com and/or fol­low Danny on Twit­ter:@dj­caro

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