‘I truly be­lieve we are the best of all the land’s Jews’

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL RIC Blank in­sists now is the right time to step down as joint­man­ager of Oak­wood A fol­low­ing 11 suc­cess­ful years.

Blank, who shared du­ties with Dan Kristall this sea­son, saw his Oak­wood play­ers fin­ish the cam­paign in style fol­low­ing a 6-3 win over Li­ons A.

They cur­rently lead the MGBSFL Premier Di­vi­sion and will be crowned cham­pi­ons if Red­bridge fail to win all their re­main­ing matches.

“It’s hard to put into words what this ex­pe­ri­ence has meant to me,” said an emo­tional Blank. “The mem­o­ries, the friends, the win­ning and the los­ing — it’s been such an im­por­tant part of my life.”

Blank guided the Oaks to two cup fi­nals fol­low­ing a spell as C-team boss when he first ar­rived from Man­ches­ter. “Foot­ball is an ad­dic­tion to many of us and Sun­day foot­ball the drug,” he said. “I am no dif­fer­ent. I couldn’t have con­ceived of the peo­ple I’d meet, the friends I’d make, the sto­ries I’d be able to tell.

“I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced highs and lows on the pitch, but I’ve never lost sight of what we’ve achieved — above and be­yond any other club. I truly be­lieve we are the best of all the Jews in all the land.

“My chal­lenge to the boys is to prove it. I will be in the crowd cel­e­brat­ing when they do.”

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

Ric Blank

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