Lord Coe is an example to us all

By Danny Caro, February 23, 2012

I'm probably one of the few people out there without a ticket for the London Olympics. On the same note, I've also spent a large part of the week trying to obtain a ticket for Sunday's Carling Cup final at Wembley. In the end I came up trumps, with a little help from my friends.

It's been a case of tickets here, tickets there, but on Wednesday morning I had what many would describe as the dream ticket. A meeting with Lord Coe.

Some of my fondest sporting childhood memories are of his great battles with Steve Ovett. I was always in the Coe camp. So to meet the man who helped bring the Olympics to London was something quite special.

He is as impressive off the track as he was on it and it's clear to me that he won't rest until the summer Games are declared a roaring success.

● Sunday will be spent trying to stop Hendon United from taking another big step towards the treble. Top of the league and reinstated in the Jewish FA Cup, the Hammers take on my North London Raiders A team in the semi-finals of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

Although we're in the same division, we start as massive underdogs. Hendon beat Raiders 4-0 in the league at their Hadley FC home a couple of months ago, but we're hoping to push them much closer second time around.

We will go all out to stop David Garbacz's men from reaching their third consecutive League Cup final. A place at Wingate & Finchley awaits the winner.

There will be an early kick-off at Hadley FC as many of the players involved will be racing off to the Emirates to watch their heroes in action at the north London derby.

I, however, will have a few more hours to spare before taking my son, Jacob, to his first Wembley final. Needless to say, we can't wait.

● Quote of the week goes to Brady Maccabi B James Joseph. He removed his top to celebrate his goal during the crucial 3-1 victory over JC MSFL Division Four title rivals Athletic Bilbaum. Brady's captain marvel was rolling in pain on the floor with cramp when referee Steve Feiger came over to book him. He asked: "Why did you do that?" Joseph replied: "Big goal ref."

Last updated: 4:09pm, February 23 2012