Tal goes to Sunderland

By Simon Griver, February 5, 2009

Tal Ben Haim will seek to revive his Premier League career after joining Sunderland on loan from Manchester City until the end of the season.

We can reveal that City boss Mark Hughes had told Ben Haim that he would never play for the club again after hearing that the Israeli met executive chairman Garry Cooke and criticised his methods.

Ben Haim, who joined City from Chelsea in a £5 million deal last summer, had previously heard similar sentiments from the then boss Avram Grant for condemning him in an interview.


Lions master Charlton to reach final

February 2, 2009

LFA Vets Cup, Sunday section Semi-Final - Charlton Rangers 1 London Maccabi Lions Masters 2

Goals from Adam Brand and Warren Leader put Lions into the LFA Vets Cup final after they beat Charlton Rangers 2-1.

Some say it was -2 degrees, others say it was -5 degrees, in any event it was a mighty cold morning in Swanley, which is rather a long way from Rowley Lane and surely the furthest that Lions have travelled to play in the London Vets Cup (the ground is actually in Kent!).


Lions make it unlucky 13 for Knebworth

February 2, 2009

HSCL Reserve Division One: London Lions Res. 13 Knebworth 1

David Dinkin took centre stage as Lions reserves claimed their best win of the season.

With their ground not available this week, bottom of the league Knebworth switched the fixture to Rowley Lane, but with several players ruled out for them last minute with illness it was a trip they weren’t to relish for long.


Village people inflict Lions' second defeat

February 2, 2009

HSCL Prem Div: London Lions 1 Park Street Village 2

The title race was blown wide open on Saturday as Park Street Village inflicted only the second defeat on London Lions this season.

The 2-1 defeat, the first Lions have suffered at home all season didn’t tell the whole story. With 85 per cent of the game, the Lions failed to convert a number chances which would have more then won them the game.

Two defensive schoolboy errors were to prove costly as Lions lead at the top was cut to just two points as Met Police whooped Bedmond 21-1.


Ben Haim joins Sunderland on loan

By Danny Caro, February 2, 2009


Avram Grant awaits Portsmouth decision

By Danny Caro, February 2, 2009

Avram Grant's imminent appointment as manager of Portsmouth is in doubt after the club's board said it had agreed to give Tony Adams more time to restore their fortunes. Grant, 53, has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea on May 24, just three days after the team lost the Champions League final against Manchester United on penalties. He also helped Chelsea finish runners-up in the League and Carling Cup. Tony Adams, the current Portsmouth boss, insists he will not resign despite the team’s relegation fears.


London Lions: nothing in reserve

January 29, 2009

Codicote Res. 2
London Lions Res. 0

London Lions reserves earned warm praise from Adam Fisher, manager of Codicote reserves, after the league leaders were made to sweat in the Herts Senior County League Reserve Division One contest at Rowley Lane.

Nick Goodman and Daryl Phillips spurned Lions’ best two chances in a first half they enjoyed the better of, in a game where Adam Joselyn was man of the match.


'We must do better against Chelsea,' says Benayoun

January 29, 2009

Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun cut a frustrated figure after Liverpool slipped to third in the Premier League following Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw at Wigan.

Benayoun, 28, claimed his second goal of the season with a brilliant finish from an acute angle to put the Reds ahead after 41 minutes.

He was substituted after 75 minutes after receiving a knock to the head.

"Scoring goals is good on a personal level, but the important thing is to play well for the team,” he said. “I was quite happy with the way I played today, but it obviously wasn't good enough in the end.


Juniors given lifeline but it’s the end of the road for Brady

By Danny Caro, January 29, 2009

There was good news and bad news in the world of Jewish sport this week. The good news is that the future of junior football has been secured by the Maccabi (Southern) Primary Football League after coming up with a rescue package to take in teams from the AJY next season.

The fact that it has taken just a week to put plans into place does not surprise me as I know that there are many key players around who realise the importance of the issue.


Faithfold knock the spots off lame Lions

By Danny Caro and Jeremy Silverstone, January 29, 2009

Faithfold player-manager Adam Lustigman believes his team can win the cup after they recorded a dramatic comeback to beat former winners London Maccabi Lions A in a penalty shootout.

Lustigman was bemused to see his team throw away a three-goal lead with the Lions hitting the target five times to go in ahead at the break.

The Superhoops had got off to a dream start with strikes from Adam Barton (2) and Andrew Hearn putting them in pole position inside the opening 15 minutes.