Football

King Keterman puts Neasden in last four

By Craig Silver, February 5, 2009

Two goals from Tony Keterman helped North West Neasden A come from behind to reach the London FA Sunday Challenge Cup semi-finals for the first time.

Keterman’s double helped the JC MSFL Premier Division leaders beat Panthea 2-1 at Cheshunt FC.

Joint-manager Jamie Cole said: “Most of their team represent their Greek-Cypriot League who won the competition last year. It just shows how far Neasden as a club have come this season. We had to battle at times, harder then we ever had this season.”

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Grant: he’s still up for Pompey

By Simon Griver, February 5, 2009

A boardroom power struggle has put the appointment of Avram Grant as the new manager of Portsmouth in doubt.

The JC understands that club owner Alexandre Gaydamak would like to replace Tony Adams with the former Chelsea manager but is fearful that such a move would be unpopular with the fans.

However, executive chairman Peter Storrie, who in October persuaded Gaydamak to promote assistant-manager Adams rather than bring in Grant when Harry Redknapp moved to Spurs, has backed the former Arsenal captain, even though he has won just two of 15 Premier League games since taking charge.

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Smith does mega deal

By Danny Caro, February 5, 2009

Football agent Phil Smith has described the transfer of Zenit St. Petersburg’s Andrei Arsharvin to Arsenal as “the most complex I’ve ever been involved in”.

Smith, a director of First Artist Sport, played a key role in what is believed to be the most expensive move to a British club during the transfer window. The on-off deal went through a minute before the window closed.

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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.

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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!).

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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.

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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.

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Ben Haim joins Sunderland on loan

By Danny Caro, February 2, 2009

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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.

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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.

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