Caro's column

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.


Courageous Chippeck has left his mark in more ways than one

By Danny Caro, November 26, 2012

The world of Jewish football is this week mourning the loss of a dear friend after Jonathan Chippeck passed away following a long illness.

Nicknamed Chipdog, Jonathan was to this day the only player who made me see stars on the pitch. He was a great competitor, hard as nails and would run through a brick wall for the cause.


Big signings continue, but it’s all about the top three for me

By Danny Caro, November 15, 2012

The race for this season’s JC MSFL title is turning into a gripping contest. With defending champions Hendon wobbling, pace-setters Faithfold and Redbridge Jewish Care have built up a nice head of steam and only Oakwood,

FC Team, and possibly Lions, look capable of getting in the mix. But for me, it’s all about the big three.


SBL determined to show actions speak louder than words

By Danny Caro, November 9, 2012

Slowly, slowly has never been the right approach to tackle racism or antisemitism, especially in the football world. With this in mind, I must commend The Society of Black Lawyers for their hands-on approach in an attempt to eradicate the disgusting songs on the terraces at White Hart Lane and that accompany matches involving Spurs.


I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly over seven years

By Danny Caro, November 5, 2012

As I celebrate my seven-year anniversary at the JC, I’d like to reflect on some highlights, and there’s been quite a few.

I joined the paper just a couple of months after becoming a father for the second time, fresh from helping Team GB win cricket bronze at the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel.