Caro's column

If ever there was one chance to rally the troops it was on Sunday

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2009

Bill Shankly once said that football was more important s than life and death. Although the Liverpool legend’s quote is regularly taken out of context, it reared it’s head last weekend when the pro-Israel rally clashed with Maccabi League football programme.

There were two sides to the argument. Supporters of Israel believe the organisation was wrong not to call a blanket postponement as it’s in the MSFL’s mission statement to “support strengthening the Jewish Continuity by promoting football and emphasising the importance of the centrality of Israel”.

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Never forgotten: Ableson left his mark on and off the pitch

By Danny Caro, January 8, 2009

The Jewish cricket community was left reeling over the festive period following the death of Richard Ableson. The Belmont & Edgware all-rounder lost his battle against a leukaemia-related illness less than a year since emigrating to New York and getting married.

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Missing: four Israeli footballers who promised so much

By Danny Caro, December 30, 2008

Last year will be remembered as the year Jewish players slipped off the Premier League’s radar.

Having scored a Champions League hat-trick last season, I expected Yossi Benayoun to kick on this season but he’s flitted in and out of the Liverpool team.

Tal Ben Haim joined Manchester City amid much hype but he only gets a game when the first choice back four are injured.

In his defence, Tamir Cohen hasn’t really been given a chance but he’s not your average hurly burly player and appears unsuited to a gritty Bolton team.

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The sky’s the limit for NWN who are in a league of their own

By Danny Caro, December 23, 2008

North West Neasden A have certainly raised the bar in Jewish football this season. I can’t remember the last time that the league was a one-horse race, as good as done and dusted, as early as December. But it appears they have no equals.

One of my former clubs, the team managed by Jamie Cole and Daniel Fox, has an embarrassment of riches at their disposal with the club’s three teams on course for silverware this season.

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

By Danny Caro, December 19, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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