Caro's column

The clash of the titans is the perfect way to end the year

By Danny Caro, December 18, 2008

The best two teams in the JC MSFL will go head-to-head on Sunday as Chigwell Athletic A entertain runaway leaders North West Neasden A at Hadley FC in Arkley.

Thirteen points clear of their nearest rivals, Neasden have been scoring for fun this season with captain marvel Lee Cash in red-hot form. The Maccabiah hopeful has already scored 25 goals this term and going into the tie on the back of a seven-goal bonanza last week, will be the one to watch out for.


When the Cohen gets tough, the tough get going

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2008

Neal Cohen, manager of Zig Zag, is broiges with Barnet council. Cohen fumed after they threw a blanket cancellation over all the pitches in the borough following heavy rain last Wednesday. But with mild weather forecast for the rest of the week, Cohen went down to check out his team’s pitch in Edgwarebury Park and confirmed that the “surface was fine” two days later. He pleaded with council officials to reconsider but they were not having any of it.


Pretty in pink but causing a stink as the MSFL gets colourful

By Danny Caro, December 4, 2008

I can't believe what the world is coming to with pink shirts and boots becoming increasingly popular at all levels of the game. First, South Manx A wore the feminine-coloured tops. This was followed by the JC MSFL's answer to Arsenal striker Nicklaus Bendtner as East London Knights player-manager James Ryan and Glenthorne United B's Jason Silver recently invested in a pair of Nike Mercurial Vapor IVs.


Ten years on and the memories just keep flooding back

By Danny Caro, November 27, 2008

This month marks my tenth year writing about Jewish sport, and in particular the MSFL. It's fair to say that I've had a number of highlights. Interviewing Sir Alan Ball at the league's 50th anniversary dinner has to be right up there. Then, in 2005, I received a standing ovation at the end-of-season awards for my coverage of the league.


Since when did we need a campaign in order to show respect?

By Danny Caro, November 20, 2008

Respect is something that some people believe is earned while others see it as something that should be gained. It is a characteristic that is often handed out in small quantities on football fields around the world.

I'm a great believer that players must respect themselves first before they are in a position to respect their teammates and their opponents.

Too often have we seen parents arguing in the junior form of the game, players at the top level overstepping the mark and banter on the terraces going a step too far.


Birthday blues made me realises it’s not all bad

By Danny Caro, November 13, 2008

Having turned 36 on Monday, I decided to take stock and reflect on my achievements of the past 12 months. I'm pleased to report that I still have 20:20 vision. On the flipside, my body has turned from a temple into a morgue with the things I want to stay small getting bigger and vice versa.

I've always been one to look on the bright side of life (can you hear a song coming along?) and during times of hardship, am glad that I am able to save money on hair products though with two kids tagging behind me, these funds go towards birthday presents for their numerous parties.


Maccabi League players battle it out on our wall of fame

By Danny Caro, November 6, 2008

Love it or loathe it, the MSFL messageboard recently returned to the This week's major talking points have seen Spurs and Arsenal fans exchanging pleasantries following the derby epic while there has been some debate about who would win a match involving London Lions and North West Neasden A. It's an intriguing proposition as both teams have set their respective leagues on fire.


Grant and Pompey could’ve been a match made in heaven

By Danny Caro, October 30, 2008

I was disappointed that Avram Grant was not given the manager's job at Portsmouth. I have no doubt that this opinion won't be shared by other national journalists and yes, it would've given me plenty of column inches for the next few months. But I'm saying this as a football fan as I want to see him given a second chance in the Premier League after the job he did at Chelsea.


I’m back between the sticks, and I’ve never felt more at home

By Danny Caro, October 23, 2008

It was out of the frying pan and into the fire on Sunday as I played for my third new team in the space of three weeks. Since joining North London Raiders, I have represented their Masters and B teams. Last weekend, I debuted for the A team, who play in the JC MSFL Division One. They had made a poor start to the season with no wins in five.

Manager Adam Fegan has had his work cut out with a young squad hampered by inconsistency as a large chunk of them are out of London at university.


It’s job done as comeback goes from strength to strength

By Danny Caro, October 17, 2008

It's rare for a goalkeeper to claim an assist but two in the same game takes some doing. Making my JC MSFL debut for North London Raiders B, I added a clean sheet for good measure in one of the best natured matches I've been involved in.

Faithfold C were our opponents in a hard fought contest. And referee Tony McEvoy came away with plenty of credit for an assured and authorative display.