The Foot­ball League is now the place to be if you are Jewish

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - CARO’S COL­UMN

IT’S RE­FRESH­ING toseethatthe num­berof Jewish­boys intheFoot­bal­lLeagueis on­therise. There are two at Wy­combe Wan­der­ers in Joe Ja­cob­son, 28, one of the first names on the teamsheet, and Ryan Sel­lars, 21, while Nick Black­man, 25, at Read­ing, whose has a Jewish mum and once played at the Mac­cabiah Games in Is­rael, is hav­ing a su­perb cam­paign.

And now Scott Kashket, 19, is mak­ing his mark at Ley­ton Ori­ent. In man­ager Ian Hen­don he has a per­fect role model of a former pro­fes­sional to look up to, while team­mate Jack Payne, 23, is a former King Solomon High School pupil. He has also been set­ting the world alight over the past cou­ple of sea­sons, hav­ing helped Southend to the play­offs last year. Long may it con­tinue.

What a coup Lon­don Lions have pulled off in sign­ing Austin Lip­man. Hav­ing learned from the best in Arsene Wenger, the former Arse­nal star­let has un­doubted qual­ity. It’s im­por­tant the club make max­i­mum use of him, both in matches and on the train­ing ground, while he’s at Row­ley Lane.

I’ve been told he fell out of love with the game af­ter leav­ing the Emi­rates but it would be great if he could spend some time work­ing with mem­bers of the club’s youth academy.

Ray Abra­hams ad­mits Scrabble FC were left with lit­tle op­tion but to for­feit their Pe­ter Mor­ri­son Tro­phy tie against Heaton Park Rovers due to in­suf­fi­cient num­bers.

The MGBSFL Divi­sion Two ti­tle hope­fuls had booked a coach to Manch­ester be­fore sev­eral play­ers were forced to with­draw from the squad, with Abra­hams cit­ing work com­mit­ments, a wed­ding, a stone-set­ting and in­juries.

Abra­hams said: “The Pe­ter Mor­ri­son is a com­pe­ti­tion which we to­tally sup­port so we are gut­ted about the sit­u­a­tion.”

Former referee Jonathan Kaplan made a valid point that many ap­pear to have over­looked when asked about Craig Jou­bert’s han­dling of the much­pub­li­cised Rugby World Cup quar­ter­fi­nal be­tween Scot­land and Aus­tralia.

Asked about the last-minute penalty award, Kaplan said: “Scot­land had a chance to win pos­ses­sion, maul it and win the game. They didn’t. If Jou­bert’s de­ci­sion was wrong, and some are en­ti­tled to think that, and he has made an er­ror of judg­ment, then why noth­ing about the Scot­tish throw in?

“I know it doesn’t ex­cuse a po­ten­tial er­ror by the of­fi­cials, but let’s try to be even handed if we are go­ing to crit­i­cise.”

It looks as though Guy Lu­zon is on bor­rowed time at Charl­ton Ath­letic. Hav­ing sta­bilised the club last sea­son, he is find­ing things tough this year and the 3-0 home de­feat against Pre­ston North End has done noth­ing for him in the pop­u­lar­ity stakes.

The crowd at The Val­ley made their feel­ings clear through­out. There were chants of ‘You’re get­ting sacked in the morn­ing’ and the team were booed off at the fi­nal whis­tle.

Is­rael is pre­par­ing for its first pro­fes­sional golf tour­na­ment af­ter it was con­firmed the Ed­mond de Rothschild Is­rael Masters would be hosted by Cae­sarea Golf Club. Laeti­tia Beck, Is­rael’s top fe­male player, won’t be com­pet­ing in an all-male event but she de­scribed it as “a huge boost for golf in Is­rael”. 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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