Caro's column

The best team won but I couldn’t believe they parked the bus

By Danny Caro, February 15, 2013

My return to Sunday football management ended in disappointment and utter frustration last weekend.

Having agreed to take charge of my son’s team for the day, I was quietly confident the boys would come away with the right result, despite the absence of one of our key players.


Furman deserves a slice of luck

By Danny Caro, February 8, 2013

Stuart Pearce, Chris Waddle, Gareth Southgate, David Beckham, John Terry, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney. It would be fair to describe that as an illustrious list that Dean Furman has now joined.


Spare a thought for Corney

By Danny Caro, February 1, 2013

Who’d be a manager … but more to the point, who’d be a chairman? It’s been quite a week for Oldham Athletic’s Simon Corney, you could say. Beating Liverpool was beyond his wildest dreams and now his team has a chance to claim the scalp of another Premier League giant in the shape of Everton.


Gold again. No wonder young Josh has a spring in his step

By Danny Caro, January 25, 2013

Stuart Newman bought his daughter a trampoline for his back garden, no-one could ever have imagined that just six years later, young Josh would be an Olympic youth champion. His journey to the top has been, as the late David Coleman used to say, quite remarkable.


Respect - a little goes a long way

By Danny Caro, January 18, 2013

There are times when, believe it or not, footballers forget that referees are human. At times, it can be a thankless task trying to control 22 players and keep order for 90 minutes.

Players make mistakes and, let's be honest, so do referees, although only the biggest and best are honest enough to admit them.


Same problem, different year, but it’s still all one big mess

By Danny Caro, January 11, 2013

Ref, ref, did you hear what that player/fan just called me? No, sorry mate, I’ll listen out next time, the official replies tamely. It happens again, and again and again. What do you do? Take the law into your own hands, hit the offending player, burst out in tears, ask your manager to take you off or lead your team off the pitch. I know what I’d do.


2013 is all about the Maccabiah

By Danny Caro, January 3, 2013

It's virtually impossible to follow a year like 2012 on the sporting front, but quite clearly, the main focus in Jewish terms will be the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel.

A number of my ones to watch in 2013 will be lining up for what is expected to be a star-studded event, kicking-off at Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium in July.


Pride must take a back-seat now

By Danny Caro, December 21, 2012

There are no guarantees in life, and very few cast-iron guarantees in sport, but I’m struggling to understand just why the latest attempt to merge the three leading Jewish cricket teams in London failed to materialise.

The concept of a super-club has had its critics from the off, but these are now desperate times for the Jewish game and pride shouldn’t come into it.


Faithfold have gone from a work in progress to the real deal

By Danny Caro, December 7, 2012

Martin Luther King once told us about his dream. What Faithfold A have achieved so far this season must surely be beyond Zuriel Solomon’s wildest dreams.

Solomon had a vision a few years ago, around the time his team were going through what can only be described as a period of transition.


Warning: Pollock’s young guns can take the world by storm

By Danny Caro, November 30, 2012

It would be foolish to label Team GB favourites to win the Open football competition at the 19th Maccabiah Games at this stage, but I’m genuinely excited by David Pollock’s squad. There’s a strong nucleus of top-level Jewish footballers, with a nice blend of youth and experience. And there is a strong emphasis on the future too.