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Blain sailing for rampant Raiders

By Craig Silver, January 8, 2009

A five-goal salvo from Jonny Blain helped North London Raiders A come from behind to claim a 7-2 victory over Division Four high-flyers Woodford Wanderers in the second round of the Peter Morrison Trophy.

Enfield Town hotshot Mitch Hahn gave the Wanderers an early lead but Blain, along with further strikes from Adam Posner and supersub Nicky Woolf eased Adam Fegan’s men through. Darryl Green scored Woodford’s second. The East Londoners finished with 10 men after player-manager

Alex Aviram was sent off following two cautions.


War stops play

By Simon Griver, January 8, 2009

This weekend’s Israeli football programme has been postponed due to the fighting in Gaza.

“It would be wrong to play while residents are under fire and in bomb shelters,” an Israel Football Association spokesman explained.


Cash keeps the Lions in charge

January 8, 2009

The top two in the Herts County Premier league London Lions and Codicote played out a 2-2 draw at Rowley Lane but had the Lions returned from their Christmas break with their shooting boots on the result would have been very different.

The pitch was just about playable after a heavy frost the night before and both teams started the game like they had just returned from a long break.


Johnson to lead World Cup bid

January 8, 2009

Simon Johnson has been appointed chief operating officer on the executive management team of England 2018 Ltd, the company bidding to host the World Cup.

The former FA director of corporate affairs recently completed a six-month stint in the role as acting CEO.


No Palace visit as Ben goes Dutch

By Simon Griver, January 8, 2009

Ben Sahar snubbed Championship clubs including Crystal Palace to agree a six-month loan deal with Dutch Premier League strugglers De Graafschap.

Sahar, 19, who is under contract to Chelsea until the summer of 2010, had loan spells with Championship sides QPR and Sheffield Wednesday last season. The Israeli striker has been on loan to Portsmouth since the start of the current campaign but failed to make an appearance.

“I had offers from the Championship in England,” said Sahar. “But there the game is based on long balls and much more physical play.


Lee called to Bar for third Ryman managerial stint

By Danny Caro, January 8, 2009

Adam Lee is relishing his third managerial job in the Ryman League Division One North after taking over at Potters Bar Town.

Lee, 44, has been out of football since leaving Enfield Town, where he was joint-manager, in September. Prior to that he managed Wingate & Finchley.

He said: “I’m delighted to be back and looking forward to the challenge.”


Rover and in? Tal is an Allardyce target

By Simon Griver, January 8, 2009

Out-of-favour Manchester City defender Tal Ben Haim looks set to be offloaded during the transfer window despite the claims of his agent who insists that he has no plans to leave.

Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle, Bolton and Spurs have all been linked with the Israeli but Pini Zahavi says: “It is not a burning matter. Tal has no worries and he is very happy at City where he has a contract with the club.”


We’re football mad, so where are our players?

By Craig Silver, December 30, 2008

Jews love football. Hundreds of young Jewish men turn out every week to play the game, most of them in the Maccabi League in London and Manchester, but some for non-Jewish amateur teams in other leagues. The owners of many of the country’s biggest clubs are Jewish. Some of the top football writers come from Jewish backgrounds. Even the chairman of the Football Association, Lord Triesman, is a Jew.

In fact, virtually the only area of the sport in which Jews do not play a significant role is as professional players.


Sail of the century

December 30, 2008

Rising star Rosie Chapman has set her sights on gold at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Chapman, 21, officially unveiled her campaign ‘Going for Gold’ to members of the High (Chai) Seas Sailing Club, as guest of honour.

The British Laser Radial dinghy sailor has been a member of the UK’s only Jewish sailing club for two years. Talking about her aims for London, she said: “I have wanted to win an Olympic gold from the age of 12. To represent team GB in home waters is everyone on the team’s dream. I want to make it a reality and take nothing less.”


Farmar finds life tough at the top with LA Lakers

By Simon Griver, December 30, 2008

Jordan Farmar is one of the NBA’s brightest young stars. The 22-year-old recently signed a four-year deal $8 million with LA Lakers.

But he has failed to recapture last season’s form, in only his second year of pro-basketball, when he played in all 82 games, and the Lakers went all the way to the NBA finals before succumbing to the Boston Celtics.