Le Saux: ‘Avram should be given another go’

By Andrew Pentol, September 4, 2008

Former Chelsea and England defender Graeme Le Saux believes Avram Grant would be right to consider a return to the Premiership after leading Chelsea to the brink of Premiership and Champions League glory during his one season in charge.

Le Saux, who made 140 appearances for the West London club and represented his country 36 times, sympathised with Grant but feels he will benefit from the experience of coping with the harsh treatment of the English media.


Shum fired

September 4, 2008

Israeli champions Betar Jerusalem have fired their manager Yitzhak Shum and appointed Reuven Atar in his place.

Betar owner Alexander Gaydamak reportedly consulted Avram Grant over the decision and the former Chelsea boss recommended Atar. The new man led Maccabi Netanya to the runners-up spot in the past two seasons, only to be replaced by Lothar Matthaus.


Furman goes south for action

By Danny Caro, September 4, 2008

Midfielder Dean Furman made his Bradford City debut two days after signing a five-month loan deal from Scottish giants Rangers.

The former Chelsea academy player has joined the League 2 title hopefuls in a bid to gain more first team action after spending the early part of the season on the bench at Ibrox.

Furman, 20, was unable to help the Bantams avoid defeat at Aldershot Town after coming on as a sub.


Israel expects as 2010 bid gets under way

By Simon Griver, September 4, 2008

Israel's 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign kicks off tomorrow with a home tie against Switzerland
followed by a trip to Moldova on Wednesday.

They start with high expectations as Dror Kashtan's team are confident of reaching the finals for the first time in 40 years. But after the euphoria of the draw which placed Israel in a relatively easy group alongside Greece, Switzerland, Moldova, Latvia and Luxembourg, now comes the realisation that reaching the finals in South Africa will be no simple matter.


East London rivals on collision course

August 28, 2008

The pride of Essex will be up for grabs when the Division Four campaign gets under way with three new teams among the 11 battling it out for honours.

Woodford Wanderers, known as Leytonstone Victoria and Athletico Woodford in their AJY days, have resurfaced with a strong squad confident of taking the league by storm.


Newsome and Freed step up to add weight to the new-look A-team

By Danny Caro, August 28, 2008

The title race looks wide open with newly-promoted FC Team A and AC Cricklewood hoping to challenge perennial under-achievers Zig Zag for a top two finish.

Owing to the departure of a large number of players to join the new FC Team side in the Middlesex County League, FC Team A take on quite a different look from last year. Last year's B team management team of Adam Newsome and Darren Freed, have been put in charge and Matt Smerin has been brought in as coach to provide touchline assistance.


Harmen A hope for harmony

August 28, 2008

Top cat: Harmen's Andy Okin 

Having held on to virtually all their players over the summer, Southgate Harmen A start the campaign as strong favourites.

Relegation last season hit everyone at the club hard but striker Alex Bourne, who is engaged to Pop singer Rachel Stevens, is expected to terrorise rival defences.


Medal rush for Brit pack

August 28, 2008

Team Great Britain won five gold, six silver and 15 bronze at the recently concluded JCC North American Youth Games in Detroit.

Kitted up: Team GB prepare for the opening ceremony in Detroit

The 38-athlete delegation took part in seven sports at the annual event that attracted more than 3,000 teenagers from USA, Canada, Hungary, Israel, Mexico and Venezuela.


Winning start for Wingate

By Danny Caro, August 28, 2008

Wingate & Finchley manager Michael Stone has promised not to get carried away following the team's impressive start of four straight victories in the Ryman League Division One North.

Monday's 3-1 success against Hillingdon Borough saw the blues become the only team with a 100 per cent record following wins over Witham Town, Chatham Town and Great Wakering Rovers.


Lions roar

August 28, 2008

Braces from Adam Stolerman and Ben Lampert helped London Lions beat Wormley Rovers 4-0 in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division.

Tony Gold's men maintained their unbeaten start which has seen them earn two wins and two draws in a nineday period. Dominic Cheniart netted in the 1-1 draw at Mill End, a game Lions finished with 10 men following the dismissal of Rob Glass.