Caro's column

A postcard for Roman is better than a taxi for Roman

By Danny Caro, November 29, 2010

There has been talk of a crisis at Chelsea this week following three defeats out of four in the Premiership for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

The pressure was lifted, a little, after Tuesday’s Champions League victory. Sandwiched in the middle was the controversial departure of assistant-manager Ray Wilkins.

Despite being one of the most influential people in football, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is impossible to get hold of. Perhaps this postcard will receive a response.


Damned if I did, damned if I didn’t, but candles went out

By Danny Caro, November 18, 2010

I was forced to miss my first match since being appointed joint-manager of North London Raiders A on Sunday. The lure of a clash against defending champions North West Neasden A certainly whetted the appetite but my daughter's birthday had to take priority, according to my wife!


The life and times of the MSFL. You just couldn't make it up

By Danny Caro, November 11, 2010

I could write a book about the goings-on in the MSFL and perhaps one day I will. There are some great tales and characters to have come out of the world's biggest Jewish league, although I'm sure that some people wouldn't want them revealed, particularly not here.

Only last week, Sammy Carr, the North West Neasden chairman and B team manager, threatened to resign after his team were thrown out of the Cyril Anekstein Cup over unpaid fines.


Take note. There won't be any ref rage if we have no refs

By Danny Caro, November 4, 2010

It hasn't been a good week for referees, and I'm not just talking about Mark Clattenburg. Several irate Maccabi League managers were left pulling their hair out on Sunday and my weekly online review was packed with foul-mouthed tirades from clubs far from happy with the performance of their officials.

The pick of the complaints came from Neal Cohen, the Zig Zag boss. He claimed that his team "were robbed by disgraceful decisions" made by Martin Fox, the MSFL Referees Secretary.


The JCC Games are the ultimate American adventure

By Danny Caro, October 29, 2010

When I look back at my achievements within the Jewish arena, my one regret is not taking part in the JCC Games.

Last year’s GB delegation was the most successful yet and it’s no surprise that Maccabi have appointed the husband and wife team of Brian and Helena Green to head the delegation again next year.

A team of 36 athletes achieved some outstanding results, but according to Green, “more importantly, raised more than £4,500 for Maccabi GB’s Challenge Project, helping participants with special needs to engage in Maccabi GB activities both in this country and in Israel”.


There's a danger that bad eggs will give us all a bad name

By Danny Caro, October 22, 2010

This week's back pages are littered with controversy about ill-disciplined footballers, the young and not so young. I was alerted to the problems in the Watford Friendly League by the proud 82-year-old grandfather of one of the Jewish players on a non-Jewish team.


Antisemitism in football could harm 2018 World Cup bid

By Danny Caro, October 14, 2010

The One Game, One Community Week of Action got under way yesterday. Once again, antisemitism in football appears to have been overlooked. You have to ask why? Do the authorities not think that there is a problem?


Penalty drama

By Danny Caro, October 7, 2010

There was a bizarre incident in the match between Norstar B and Real Life. Norstar's Maurice Franks saw his penalty saved by Life keeper Will Martyn. Referee Rak Hudson ordered a retake after adjudging that the goalie had moved off his line.

Franks, a little shaken after his miss, handed the ball to Rafi Addlestone who made no mistake. However, there ensued a vociferous protest from the Real Life team, who badgered the ref, telling him that a team cannot change taker for a re-taken pen.


Commonwealth sham brought memories flooding back

By Danny Caro, September 28, 2010

I'm sure I was not the only one who feared the worst when I heard the headlines 'Bridge collapse threatens Games'. Events surrounding the Commonwealth Games in India brought back terrible memories of two recent Maccabiah Games.

No-one wants reminding of the terrible events that surrounded the 1997 Jewish Olympics. Four Australian athletes lost their lives marching into the opening ceremony when a makeshift bridge collapsed into the highly-polluted waters of the Yarkon River in Tel Aviv.


Come and have a go if you think you're good enough!

By Danny Caro, September 21, 2010

Not everyone finds fasting for 25 hours a straightforward task. For me, the last couple of hours are the toughest but this year some sporting trivia saw me through to the conclusion of Yom Kippur - after I was all repented out.

There is no doubt that there are some talented sportsmen at virtually every shul. In London, Norrice Lea is full of big players while Barnet has a thriving cricket section, as does Cockfosters and North Southgate.