There’s a little broiges simmering in the lower echelons of the MGBSFL that is threatening to reach boiling point over the next week or two — all in the name of goals.
You see the prize of Golden Boot winner comes with much nachas and L’Equipe hotshot Richard Fogelman, one of the leading contenders, has started the mind game just days before he goes head-to-head with his nearest rival.
Indeed Fogelman, aka Schnitzelman, is desperate to get his hands on the trophy. He trails Faithfold C marksman Dan Gordon by one goal and believes that a few choice words could knock Gordon out of his stride.
"I believe Flash is starting to fire blanks," said Fogelman, who is rewarded for every goal he scores with his favourite treat, a schnitzel.
Before last Sunday, Fogelman was the only player in the league to score in every game. He has 13 goals to his name and will be looking to overtake the man nicknamed ‘Flash’ before their crunch clash on November 10.
The strikers have been trading blow for blow over the opening weeks of the season and they even follow one another just as closely on a social networking site. Fogelman said: “We may be Facebook friends, but when it comes to the Golden Boot there’s no friendship and the boot has my name written on it . . . good old Mourinho-style psychological tactics, just call me ‘the Schnitzel one!”
Responding to those comments, Gordon said: “Fair play to Fogelman for scoring against some tough opponents.
"We play Loughton Orient at home next week and then the grudge match in two weeks ... bring him on!"
* Norstar London Raiders A are toasting double delight for the second consecutive month after scooping my top player and managerial awards for October. Wing wizard Jamie Wolfson edged out keeper Jake Doffman and defender
Dan Grossman after a series of stunning performances, while Phil Peters retains the title of best boss.
It’s also a one-two for Woodford Wanderers in Division One, with striker Mitch Hahn and Tony Charles taking the honours.
FC Team C enjoyed an incredible month including a sensational cup win over holders London Maccabi Lions in the Cyril Anekstein Cup. Striker James Joseph has been the star man for the Division Two side spearheaded by Mike Myers and Ben Gilbey.
The awards are split in Division Three, with Norstar London Raiders C midfield maestro Alex Goodman the stand-out performer, while Jack Shulman was commended after steering perennial strugglers Boca Jewniors to the lofty heights of sixth position.
* Jon Blasebalk received a warm send-off after leaving Barnet FC where he was Facilities Manager at the Hive. He rubbed shoulders with numerous high-profile figures from the game, including Fabio Capello and Sir Trevor Brooking, as well as a day-to-day working relationship with Edgar Davids.
It appears the only thing missing was an invitation to Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion where Bees boss Davids is a regular. There’s still time, Edgar ...