Football in Brief

By Craig Silver, January 22, 2009

Nick Blackman made a flying start to his Blackburn Rovers career, scoring on debut for the reserves in the 3-0 Lancashire Senior Cup over Oldham Athletic.

Ben Sahar scored the winner 17 minutes into his debut as De Graafschap beat Willem II.

Former Chelsea coach Avram Grant turned down the chance to manage Bulgaria after failing to agree a salary.

Scott Shulton has returned to Wycombe following a month’s loan at Ryman League Hendon.

Grays Athletic midfielder Sam Sloma has been transfer listed after failing to agree a new deal.


Cohen sits out a break in Dubai

By Craig Silver, January 22, 2009

Midfielder Tamir Cohen was left behind in Bolton when the squad flew out for a winter training camp in Dubai. The Israeli has been struggling all season with a hamstring injury but hopes to be fit by the end of the month.


All change as Israel go to Crete

By Simon Griver, January 22, 2009

Israel will play their next away 2010 World Cup qualifier on neutral soil.

With a double-header against current holders Greece coming up, Israel play host on March 28. However, the away match on April 1 will be played in Crete.

The Israel FA had already booked accommodation in Athens and were “completely surprised” by the Greek’s choice of venue.


It's men against boys as Montana progress

By Craig Silver, January 22, 2009

Montana Boca United A 5
Highgate & Muswell Hill 0

Montana Boca United A eased into the fourth round of the Peter Morrison Trophy after seeing off AJY League Highgate & Muswell Hill Under 17s 5-0 in South Oxhey.

Goals from Andrew Binstock (2), Raymond Harrod, Darren Cohen and Simon Hecker sealed their place in the second round where they will meet Brady Maccabi.

It really was men against boys, with the Premier Division side completely dominating the cup tie from start to finish.


Youth league is facing the axe

January 22, 2009

Update: Laurence Thorne, chairman of the Maccabi Primary League, contacted The JC on Thursday morning to say that an MSPFL executive management meeting is planned for Monday where they intend to further discuss the way forward for Junior Jewish football from the start of next season.


Football agents missed out on £28m payday

By Martin Samuel, January 22, 2009

Of all the crazy numbers flying around the collapsed Kaka transfer this week, the one that attracted most contempt was £28 million: the fee intended for the middlemen. Obscene appears to be the standard adjective for use in these matters and it got the sort of airing usually reserved for vice squad reports, as commentators waded into the business practices of Manchester City.


Maccabi Masters round-up

By Jeremy Silverstone, January 19, 2009

In the Maccabi Masters League Division 1, things are hotting up at the top, as both South Mancunians and Brady A closed in on the leaders North London Raiders.

South Mancs recovered from going a goal down to Faithfold’s Adam Barton to finish 5-1 winners, and move within a point of the top. Mancs’ scorers were Nick Tromans (2), Mark Powell, Barry Abraham and Darryl Ricklow.


Leker late show puts Westdene through

By Zevi Saunders, January 19, 2009

PMT (northern section): Crumpsall 1 Westdene 1st 2

A late goal from Adam Leker edged Westdene 1st into the next round of the Peter Morrison Trophy as they beat Crumpsall.

This was a fiercely contested cup-tie with tackles flying in on both sides. It took until four minutes until the end before it was settled.

The first half belonged to Westdene as they dominated possession and the midfield area not allowing Crumpsall to settle. However, Crumpsall's defence was on top form keeping them at bay.


Blues target new talent

January 16, 2009

Wingate and Finchley are holding their annual Open Day to find the top talent for the new intake to their Football Learning Excellence, or ‘FLEX’ Scheme.

The club are recruiting boys aged 16-18 to join up to the programme in time for the start of the 2009/10 season.

The joint venture with educational partner Barnet College has so far been a resounding success and has given this year’s squad the fantastic opportunity to move up into the club’s Capital League team.


Blackman in a league of his own

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2009

Nicky Blackman this week became the first home-grown Jewish Premier League footballer after signing for Blackburn Rovers.

The 19-year-old striker, whose mother is Jewish, joined from League Two Macclesfield Town. Represented by the SEM Group, he has joined until 2011 for an undisclosed fee.

Blackman impressed while on trial when former boss Paul Ince was in charge and Sam Allardyce decided to go through with the signing.

Although not prepared to speak about religion, Blackman said: “My main goal is to break into the first team as and when the opportunity arises.