Caro's column

When the season re-starts we’ll all be playing catch-up

By Danny Caro, December 30, 2009

Maccabi League footballers return to action after the two-week winter break. Managers across the MSFL hope that their players return with no sign of a hangover or over-indulgence as a result of end-of-year celebrations.

As the oldest representative present at the North London Raiders Chanucah party, I made sure that the players were on their best behaviour. It was Diet Cokes all round although it’s clear that B team manager Rob Richman was a bit more daring during his recent stag weekend in Tenerife where he spent one day dressed up as Mickey Mouse.


What a game, what a fight ... what a year that was

By Danny Caro, December 23, 2009

The 18th Maccabiah Games was undoubtedly the highlight of the Jewish sporting calender in 2009. American Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak was the star attraction in Israel but the 500-plus Team GB delegation enjoyed their best-ever medal return with boy wonder Richard Goodman, 16, the most successful individual athlete in the pack after coming home with double gold. He has had a magnificent year, culminating in helping the Great Britain juniors win gold at the European Cross Country Championships and looks destined for big things.


We couldn’t get shirty or shorty, but played our socks off

By Danny Caro, December 17, 2009

This was Sunday morning football at its best, or worst, as the case may be. In the build-up to the Maccabi League Division One promotion tussle involving North London Raiders A and Redbridge Jewish Care B, Adam Fegan and I were going through our pre-match preparations.


Bigots must find another stage to vent their anger

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

And here are the results: Football 1, antisemitism 0. Boxing 0, antisemitism 1. That has been the outcome of two major sporting events in the UK over the past two weeks.

It’s clear from this that sport and politics do not mix. Sport has been used as a platform by organisations and countries to protest and vent their anger towards political situations, but this reached new heights on Saturday night when Dmitriy Salita experience race hate walking into the ring.


Barnet's top brass were impressed, but the leggy lady wasn't

By Danny Caro, December 3, 2009

Barnet made three loan signings on deadline day. But I wasn’t one of them, much to my disappointment. Playing alongside Director of Football Paul Fairclough at their spanking new £4 million training complex in Edgware, Bees chairman Tony Kleanthous and manager Ian Hendon were among keen on-lookers watching a Maccabi Masters Select XI take on Maccabi Moscow in conditions that suited the visitors.

As an avid Barnet fan, it would have been a dream move, but there was no fairytale, despite a decent performance in goal in front of England C national team boss Fairclough.


As another side goes under, are our days numbered?

By Danny Caro, November 26, 2009

I don’t want to be branded a scaremonger but these are very worrying times for Jewish sport. First of all, a third MSFL side has bitten the dust. Following in the footsteps of South Manx B and North West Neasden C, AC Cricklewood are the first single-team club to fold this season. That leaves the MSFL down to 52 teams, 25 of which are made up of multi-team clubs.

League chairman David Wolff was left unimpressed. “It’s disappointing when teams have to pull out so early in the season,” he told me. “I found Cricklewood’s excuse for withdrawing poor.”


Try as he might, there’s just no pleasing some people

By Danny Caro, November 19, 2009

The ever-smiling Lord Triesman has become public enemy No. 1, or so it seems.

With a break in the busy Premiership programme, the heat has temporarily moved from the shoulders of Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez to the FA chief, and the man at the forefront of the troubled 2018 World Cup bid.

It looks as though it’s only a matter of time until national newspapers start cutting his head on a disheveled vegetable, Graham Taylor style.

To me, it seems that some people have a problem with Lord Triesman earning a reported £100,000 for 48 hours of work.


Not so many happy returns. Just some more nasty niggles

By Danny Caro, November 12, 2009

Birthday number 37 produced two unwanted gifts. Not your standard knitted jumper or pair of socks, something much worse. A first competitive defeat in management and a recurrence of Gilmore’s groin. I’m not sure which is more painful.

Redbridge Jewish Care, one of my former clubs, ended North London Raiders A’s unbeaten run at match six. We face them again in the cup on Sunday by which time I hope that my injury improves. That said, I’m finding it hard to play and manage but an injury to Stuart Simons has forced me to come out of semi-retirement one more time.


Boxing clever or punch drunk? Only time will tell ...

By Danny Caro, November 5, 2009

The next few weeks are massive for Jewish boxing fans with two fighters involved in high-profile bouts. It’s been a while since the community had something to shout about in terms of bragging rights in the ring but we must not forget that the sport has produced some top Jewish sporting talent.

The names of Benny Leonard, Barney Ross, Abe Attell, Ted ‘kid’ Lewis, Maxie Rosenbloom and Daniel Mendoza may be blasts from the past but the history books show that at one point, many of the top boxers in the world were Jewish.


Rep call-up separates the men from the boys

By Danny Caro, October 29, 2009

Rep team manager Jamie Cole let off some steam after he was forced to postpone the trials ahead of selecting the squad to compete in the London Inter-League Cup. The date at Rowley Lane had been pencilled in for several weeks but Cole, who also joint-manages North West Neasden A, was let down by late withdrawals from players who cried off through illness, simchas or holidays.