Caro's column

Momentous week turned sour by cup final debacle

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2010

The phrase a week is a long time in football could certainly be applied to the last seven days.

Thursday: The JC MSFL Rep team clinches the London Inter-League Cup, or so we think.

Friday: I receive enquiries about the eligibility of Sam Sloma and find out that he has not played in the Maccabi League this year. Houston, we have a problem. Angry emails come in from other MSFL managers asking why we played a ringer. With 49 teams in the league, not even I could answer that one. These are quickly followed by calls for the head of the manager and chairman.

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Victory would make Avram feel like Roy of the Rovers

By Danny Caro, May 13, 2010

Wimbledon's incredible victory against Liverpool in the 1988 final is rightly considered as one of the great FA Cup stories. But if Portsmouth beat newly-crowned Premiership champions Chelsea in the final tomorrow, I'd rate it as an even better achievement.

It would be the ultimate victory for the underdogs and almost all neutrals will be cheering for Avram Grant's team at Wembley.

It's brilliant that at a time when big clubs continue to dominate the Premier League, a relegated team is flying the flag for the minnows.

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D-Day for Gold

By Danny Caro, May 6, 2010

With the end of the season fast-approaching, there is another mouth-watering weekend of football in store.

Top billing goes to London Lions, who will put their Herts Senior County League Premier Division credentials on the line when they take on leaders Wormley Rovers.

Although the Lions have played the majority of league games at St Albans City's Clarence Park ground this season, Saturday's match is at Rowley Lane.

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With promotion in the bag, I'm ready for the big boys

By Danny Caro, April 29, 2010

Promotion in my first season of football management is not down to beginner's luck, I would like to think. Eight months of being driven mad by Adam Fegan, my co-manager, have been worth it.

Last Sunday, our team, North London Raiders A, clinched a return to the JC MSFL Premier Division, after a two-year gap, following a 3-0 win over Oakwood.

It has been a joy to watch the boys develop in a very tight division. We finished it very strongly with seven consecutive victories, a total of six clean sheets and not one red card all season.

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Brady Maccabi manager's Europe dash to make semi-final

By Danny Caro, April 22, 2010

It's amazing the lengths that some people will go to play a game of football.

Take Brady Maccabi Masters player-manager Daniel Collins for example. Stuck in France as a result of volcanic ash in Iceland, he drove more than 1,100 kilometres and spent 21 hours of solid travelling to get back to Hatfield for the cup semi-final against North London Raiders.

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Goalposts cannot be shifted near end of season

By Danny Caro, April 15, 2010

Rules are rules, or so they say. Sometimes, I believe the common sense law is better applied. As I reported last week, Red Sea became the sixth Maccabi League team to fold this season. Having played less than 75 per cent of their games, the rules state that their results must be deleted. The timing of their demise could not have been any worse, with just over a month of the season remaining.

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Green shoots of recovery could be bad news for Hendon

By Danny Caro, April 8, 2010

Having correctly predicted that Lions A would beat Neasden A in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup semi-final, I'm tipping Faithfold A to book their place in the April 18 final at Wingate & Finchley ahead of Sunday's meeting against holders Hendon United A.

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Maccabi League leaders go head-to-head

By Danny Caro, April 1, 2010

North West London bragging rights will be up for grabs at Hadley FC on Sunday as two of the most successful Maccabi League teams of the noughties go head to head in Arkley.

The first JC Cyril Anekstein Cup semi-final of the season features a clash of the titans as treble-chasing rivals North West Neasden A and London Maccabi Lions A clash at Hadley FC.

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This time I didn't write the headlines, I made them!

By Danny Caro, March 25, 2010

Until last Sunday, Jimmy Bullard's hilarious Phil Brown finger-wagging routine at Eastlands was my favourite goal celebration of the season. But then North West Neasden A player-coach Darren Yarlett told me about his during last weekend's 3-2 victory over Montana Boca United A in the cup.

I'd named Yarlett as the star man in my online preview for the tie but nothing looked further from the truth as Montana forged into a 2-0 lead with Yarlett sitting on the bench.

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Maccabi goalkeepers are all a bunch of mummy's boys!

By Danny Caro, March 18, 2010

I don't like losing at anything. Armed with a contacts book almost as large as Pini Zahavi's, I faced a race against time to sign an emergency goalkeeper last week, confident of finding someone to play in goal for North London Raiders A.

Dozens of emails and texts were greeted by one common theme. Any other week and I would be happy to help out, most replies began, but it's Mother's Day … It's good to hear that MSFL goalkeepers are mummy's boys.

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