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.


Awat’s Camp Nou debut

By Simon Griver, December 30, 2008

Dudu Awat is set to make his debut for Real Mallorca against Spanish league leaders Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Saturday after signing a three and-a-half-year contract.


The Ryman stage is calling, says Stone

By Danny Caro, December 30, 2008

Wingate & Finchley manager Michael Stone has challenged Jewish players to step up to the plate to ensure that there is significant representation on the pitch.

The club has come under renewed criticism this season with just one player, Craig Ellis, a regular on the teamsheet for the Ryman League Division One North side. But Stone responded by saying that Jewish boys will be considered if they are good enough — and committed enough.


Bloom blossoms for Neasden C

December 23, 2008

JC MSFL Div 3:
NW Neasden C 3 Temple Fortune 1

A Stephen Bloom hat-trick led North West Neasden ‘C’ to a gritty 3-1 win over Temple Fortune at Bricket Wood.

The match started at a relatively slow pace on a pitch that was slightly uneven and heavy after the recent spell of bad weather. Neither side really imposed themselves on the game and chances were few and far between.


Raiders make their own luck

December 23, 2008

JC MSFL Div 2:
NL Raiders B 3 Southgate Harmen B 2

North London Raiders B talisman Nicky Woolf grabbed a late, late winner against Southgate Harmen B in a pulsating game at Hillingdon.

The Raiders twice came from a goal behind after the influential Simon Gold had put the Harmen second sting ahead on two occasions. Nicky Woolf and David Rhodes had restored parity and with the game heading for a draw Woolf stepped up to give Raiders the three points.