Caro's column

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Maccabi prize guys hold their breath as red carpet awaits

By Danny Caro, March 11, 2010

The culmination of two years of Jewish sporting achievement will be recognised at the Maccabi GB awards on Sunday evening.

The Junior, Senior and Team accolades features a healthy spread of sports on the list of nominees. For me, the Junior category is the most intriguing with some top-class candidates in the reckoning.

Track & Field star Richard Goodman looks a good bet after putting himself on the map over the past two years. If you remember, he was my star of the 18th Maccabiah Games after bringing home double gold and only last week he became the Under 17 National Cross Country.


The pitch is ok — so why was game called off FOUR days ago?

By Danny Caro, March 4, 2010

The life of a Sports Editor isn't always the bed of roses many people think it is, especially during the bad weather. On average, I compile an 8,000-word Maccabi League preview during the week. I find it hugely frustrating when a match is postponed and my work goes to waste.

My working week is more 24/6 than it is Monday to Friday. Looking at last Sunday for example, my children, who double up as my alarm clock, had me up at an unearthly 6.30am. I say unearthly as the team I manage had no game and I was looking forward to a rare lie-in.


Cup competitions completely devalued by no shows

By Danny Caro, February 25, 2010

Cup giant killings in Jewish football could be a thing of the past if a worrying trend continues. At the start of any season there is a real buzz when one of the minnows pulls out a plum draw against one of the big boys. A team's season can be shaped by causing a major shock. But it appears that as the season wears on, the lower league teams lose their enthusiasm and the fear factor creeps in that a heavy defeat could lead to a slippery slope.