Rovers demise a real wake-up call

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

IT’S AMAZ­ING how an em­pire can col­lapse in Sun­day morn­ing football. The warn­ing bells were ring­ing at Lon­don Rovers when Jeremy Brown stepped down as man­ager but no-one could’ve pre­dicted just how quickly they would fail.

It’s hard to be­lieve last sea­son’s Di­vi­sion Three cham­pi­ons folded so quickly. Vyvyan Emanuel, who won Team Sec­re­tary of the Year in June, was first to go. He was un­able to pass up the op­por­tu­nity of test­ing him­self in the Premier Di­vi­sion with Bliz­zard Storm. He was soon fol­lowed by key play­ers Dovi Vo­gel and Zalmy Co­hen and there was no way back af­ter Brown re­signed.

MGBSFL chair­man David Wolff re­cently told me that the league is set­ting up a sub-com­mit­tee who will look into ways to at­tract new teams and play­ers. They’d bet­ter get a move on.

One team not com­plain­ing, how­ever, are Hen­don United Sports B who have re­ceived a bye af­ter draw­ing Rovers away in the sec­ond round of the Cyril Anek­stein Cup.

Two play­ers in the MGBSFL have been ruled out for the sea­son with ACL in­juries. The ever­green Nick Good­maker in­jured his on duty for Cat­ford & Brom­ley Mac­cabi, while Brady Mac- cabi player-man­ager Josh Dagul faces an op­er­a­tion af­ter in­jur­ing him­self against FC Team.

Another man in the wars is star striker Adam Shiff­man. The Harold­eans hot­shot faces two months out with a re­cur­rence of an an­kle in­jury.

Harold­eans chair­man Fraser Sav­ille said: “Adam’s ab­sence leaves a big void. We will miss his goals.”

The Aus­tralian se­lec­tors might have ig­nored master blaster Michael Klinger, but the PCA judges did not. Klinger was named player of the year in both the Royal Lon­don One-Day Cup and NatWest T20 Blast af­ter fin­ish­ing as top run-scorer in both for­mats. See Danny Caro’s week­end round-up at Email and/ or fol­low Danny on Twit­ter:@dj­caro

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