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.


Gold staying put to realise his Lions title dream

January 14, 2009

London Lions boss Tony Gold has challenged his team to repeat their efforts of the first half of the season as they bid to land the Herts Senior County League Premier Division title for the first time.

Gold, who recently turned down an offer to manage at a higher level in the South Midlands Premier Division, is fully committed to driving forward the country’s top all-Jewish team.


Sahar's Chelsea doubts

January 14, 2009

Ben Sahar has admitted that he made a mistake joining Chelsea so early in his career.

Having completed a loan move to Dutch side De Graafschap last week, Sahar, 19, conceded that he has failed to lived up to expectation.

“I wanted to move to the Netherlands as young players get the chance to develop here,” said Sahar. “At 17 I decided to move to Chelsea and Jose Mourinho gave me my debut in the Premier League.

“Subsequently, many people expected a lot of me, especially in my own country where I can’t walk quietly on the streets.


Red-hot Redbridge surprise Alyth

By Craig Silver, January 14, 2009

Redbridge Jewish Care became the first team to beat leaders Alyth Belsize Yellow this season with a thrilling 3-2 victory in the Under 12 Division.

Goals from Max Salador, Daniel Wexler and former Spurs trainee Joffey Bradley helped the East Londoners avenge an 8-1 defeat by Alyth earlier in the season.

In a fiery encounter played in chilly conditions, the game was only given the go ahead after a late pitch inspection. Redbridge began the brighter and could have gone ahead as early as the seventh minute when a Salador effort flew just wide.


Raiders turn up the heat

By Craig Silver, January 14, 2009

“Watch out for us next season.” That was the message from North London Raiders A manager Adam Fegan after his team surprised JC MSFL Division One leaders South Manx A 6-2.

The amber men raced into a three-goal lead with Johnny Blain (2), making it seven goals in two weeks, Danny Bloom, Michael Sacks, Adam Posner and David Rhodes finishing the job.

Fegan said: “The result proves how far we have come. We had five different scorers which shows that we are playing like a team and not reliant on any individuals.


Joy for JLGB

January 14, 2009

Goals from Jamie King and Anton Radivan steered Sporting JLGB into the second round of the Shonn Trophy after disposing of Manchester Maccabi 4th.

South Manchester Maccabi 2nd beat Republic of Mancunia 3-1 thanks to goals from Andrew Levy (2) and Michael Basger.

Zav Landsman (2), Matt Jacobs, Rafi Groskopf and Uri Steinberg eased Crumpsall to a 5-1 success over a Westdene Reserves side that has lost five out of six in the league. Mike Cass replied.