Caro's column

Playoffs would brighten up Maccabi League season

By Danny Caro, February 18, 2010

There has been speculation this week that the Premier League is considering the introduction of a playoff system to determine the fourth club to qualify for the Champions League.

There is nothing more exciting than a playoff and I suggest it is something that the MSFL adopts in a bid to keep the season alive. With two teams having folded from the Premier Division, league chairman David Wolff informed all clubs at a recent league meeting that there would be no relegation from the top-flight.


Actions speak louder than words, but not in the MSFL

By Danny Caro, February 11, 2010

I have to admit that the first few months of football management been something of a learning curve. As a player, I pride myself on great sportsmanship. I’ve been booked only twice in 20 years. It’s a message I send across to my players before every match. I remind them that we are here to play football, and that I don’t want to see them arguing with each other, their opponents and especially the referee, regardless of how the other team behaves. In short, we try to do things the right way on and off the pitch.


We’re kicking out racism, what about antisemitism?

By Danny Caro, February 4, 2010

Does anyone know how we can eradicate antisemitism in football? It appears not. While millions have been spent on campaigns aimed at removing racism, the same time, effort and commitment must now go into solving what is becoming a growing problem.

It makes me sick to the bone when I hear about Jewish footballers being verbally abused with cheap insults. I blame the authorities for not taking a strong stance in the same way that they did on the colour issue.


Defeat would spell disaster as Neasden battle on

By Danny Caro, January 28, 2010

Sunday is D-day for North West Neasden A. Managers Jamie Cole and Daniel Fox hope that it is not a case of once bitten, twice shy as they enter unchartered waters in the last 16 of the Sunday FA Cup. I can’t remember the last time they lost two games on the spin but that is a real possibility as they start their match against Ilford-based Sungate as underdogs.


Hold the back page. The Jewish FA Cup will be first to go

By Danny Caro, January 21, 2010

There is every chance that by this time next week, the Peter Morrison Trophy will be cancelled for the season. To abandon the Jewish FA Cup competition would be major news but should come as no real surprise as the writing has been on the wall for several weeks now with the winter weather, as I have documented in depth, leaving the season in crisis.

The problems are two-fold. There are still teams that have outstanding first-round matches and being a national competition, it’s a logistical nightmare with the likes of Glasgow Maccabi and South Manchester Maccabi 1st still involved.


It’s hard to believe but Becks could actually be our saviour

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

He helped secure the 2012 Olympics and resurrected an ailing 2018 World Cup bid — so what chance that David Beckham becomes the saviour of the Jewish football season?

With the bad weather showing no sign of letting up and MSFL matches falling by the wayside, putting the season in turmoil, the majority of players, managers and officials have hit rock bottom.


Pitching up for action, we received a frosty reception

By Danny Caro, January 7, 2010

I’m not sure how many people it needs to carry out a pitch inspection in professional football but I counted 25 at Bricket Wood last weekend.

This was Sunday morning amateur football at its best. North London Raiders A’s match against Red Sea was cancelled on Saturday night, after Shabbat had gone out, as the Seacats were unable to raise a team. News had also reached our secretary, Jonny Blain, who is also our top-scorer, that Southgate Harmen’s match against North West Neasden B had fallen victim to the cold snap.


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.