Caro's column

Why MSFL should not have non-Jewish players

By Danny Caro, May 14, 2009

I don’t buy into the idea that the MSFL must introduce non-Jewish players and, judging by some of our letters, neither do others. And the view from Jewish football’s top brass at last weekend’s cup final is: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Peter Moss’ article last week aroused debate on our messageboard but the Maccabi League family has puffed out its chest in support of a much-loved institution. As expected, the football fraternity pulled closer, with only a ringing endorsement of the world’s biggest Jewish league ringing in my ears.

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I was within touching distance of a lead role in cup final

By Danny Caro, May 7, 2009

The Jewish FA Cup final takes centre stage this weekend and it is hard to believe that I was just minutes away from playing a hands-on part. Having conceded 18 goals in my last three matches, I was not looking forward to the semi-final against North West Neasden A, one of my former clubs, and up against some of the leading lights of Jewish football, including two Maccabiah players, I was expecting the worst.

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Rowley boys primed for the big time historic victory

By Danny Caro, April 30, 2009

Hats off to London Lions whose promotion confirmed that they will be playing the highest level the club has ever achieved next season.

Manager Tony Gold, together with his assistant Steve Grenfell, deserve much credit for keeping the team believing and imbedding a winning mentality. Striker Adam Stolerman has had another excellent season but it has been a magnificent team effort.

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Conspiracy theories are ruining the MSFL’s reputation

By Danny Caro, April 23, 2009

The spirit of the Maccabi League has been called into question after Redbridge Jewish Care pulled out of a Premier Division clash against champions-elect North West Neasden A.

Lions assistant-manager Danny Reuben cried foul after RJC forfeited, knowing that a defeat would consign them to relegation. Lying third from bottom, on the same points and goal difference, Reuben accused the East Londoners of under-hand tactics.

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The Maccabi League should be the last place to play race card

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2009

Lessons must be learnt from the unsavoury incident that took place in the Maccabi League match between Montana Boca United A and Glenthorne United A (see right).

What appeared to have started out as “football banter” escalated to an unacceptable level and although Glenthorne manager Ian Cohen dealt with the situation swiftly, the league must ensure that there is no repeat of something that could be picked up by the national press.

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Inspirational Yossi does the business again

By Danny Caro, April 7, 2009

A week is a long time in football. Over the past seven days, Yossi Benayoun has been on and off the treatment table in a bid to help Israel realise their World Cup dream. The national captain’s brave actions proved in vain as they succumbed in a qualifying double-header against Greece, but I was delighted to see him pop up with another crucial winner to keep alive Liverpool’s Premier League aspirations.

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Chewed up by the Lions , it was like watching the alamo

By Danny Caro, April 2, 2009

I was treated to a footballing masterclass last Sunday. The only problem was that I was the keeper lining up for North London Raiders A against cup holders London Maccabi Lions A in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

Having taken the scalp of Manchester Maccabi 1st and South Manx A, the team felt it had a chance but we found ourselves 1-0 down after a minute, 2-0 down after two minutes and by half time the Lions had me picking the ball out of the back of the net on five occasions. It finished 7-2 and left me nursing a bruised ego and nose after I pulled off an unorthodox save.

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Winston abuse is unwarranted. He must be given a chance

By Danny Caro, March 26, 2009

When I broke the story about Ben Winston being appointed caretaker-manager at Wingate & Finchley, it did not surprise me that criticism of the appointment hit our MSFL messageboard almost immediately.

It’s a sad state of affairs that postings slating the former London MaccabiLions boss started to arrive before he had even been given the chance to prove himself. As expected, Ben answered his critics in the best possible manner, steering the team to a 2-0 victory against a Tilbury team who chairman Aron Sharpe “did not think they would beat”.

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. Now I’m rocking!

By Danny Caro, March 19, 2009

I’ve never been one to do things by halves and when I put my mind to something, I give it 110 per cent focus and commitment. I recently decided to start a get fit (again) campaign and am well on the road to recovery.

In week nine of detox, I’ve lost just over two and a half stone since cutting out the comfort foods I’ve been consuming since depression set in over missing the cut for the Great Britain Maccabiah cricket team.

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Don’t laugh but this could be the return of the Mac

By Danny Caro, March 12, 2009

With four months until the start of the 18th Maccabiah Games, I received an unexpected call. I’d previously been pinning my hopes on another late call-up into the Great Britain cricket team and had also tipped off Masters football manager Darryl Lee that, as I would probably be in Israel reporting, he could do worse than to register me as a player with selected keepers Danny Jacobs and Adam Solomons more injury-prone than me.

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