Football

Will a historic victory Chig keep Sugar sweet?

By Danny Caro, April 11, 2008

Wingate & Finchley could be packed to the rafters on Sunday night as Chigwell Athletic B attempt to wrestle the trophy from holders London Maccabi Lions A.

There could be JWAGS aplenty as the East Londoners look to build on their memorable semi-final victory over last season’s Premier Division champions Hendon United A in the semi-finals. Should they pull off what would be one of the biggest shocks in Jewish football this century, I can see Chigwellian Sir Alan Sugar making a bid to purchase the club from current chairman Richard Slater.

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Nottingham students are the kings of Sherwood

April 11, 2008

Nottingham University Jewish Society football team have been crowned champions of their Sunday League Division One.

They now face a showdown against the winners of the Intra Mural Saturday League Division One for the right to represent the University against Loughborough University.

The side, created at the beginning of the academic year in October, got off to an outstanding start in the Semester One League, winning their first six games on the bounce, which included 10-2 and 5-0 victories.

Unfortunately, the team lost the final game, leaving them second in the table.

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‘Dock points for soccer antisemitism’

By Danny Caro, April 11, 2008

Communal leaders and football bosses have welcomed a new zero-tolerance policy against fans who engage in antisemitic or Islamophobic abuse.

The dramatic initiative — which includes the possibility of English clubs being docked points — came as the FA, the Metropolitan Police, the Board of Deputies and the National Association of Muslim Police attended football’s first faith summit aimed at tackling racism on the terraces and near grounds.

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Captain Cash nails the Hammers to hand Neasden premier crown

By Danny Caro, April 4, 2008

North West Neasden A 3-0 Hendon United A

Two goals from captain marvel Lee Cash helped North West Neasden A land the JC MSFL Premier Division crown after they overcame reigning champions Hendon United A at Bricket Wood.

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Turbo-charged Bentley tastes Turkish delight

By Craig Silver, April 4, 2008

JC MSFL rep team 2-1 Turkish Federation

A first-half double from Josh Bentley helped the JC MSFL Rep Team keep alive their hopes of winning the London Inter-League Cup competition after they beat the Turkish Federation League 2-1 at Wingate & Finchley. Having drawn their first two group games, manager Jonathan Kestenbaum went into Tuesday night’s match knowing that only a win would keep his team in contention of reaching the final.

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Raiders on the slide

April 4, 2008

Four goals from David Lederman dented North London Raiders A’s hopes of avoiding relegation as they were thumped 9-2 by Faithfold A in the Premier Division.

Ben Lewis (2), Alex Levack (2) and Andrew Wolfin completed the rout. Two goals from Glenn Michaels plus one from Paul Lenchner kept Redbridge Jewish Care A in the top five as they beat rock bottom Oakwood EDRS A 4-3. Lewis Walker and substitute David Ossack eased Glenthorne United four points clear in Division One after they held off promotion rivals North West Neasden B 2-0.

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Pinner win at long last

By Craig Silver, April 4, 2008

Braces from Joel Benedyk and Joel Shaw steered Pinner to their first win of the season as they surprised title-chasing Alyth Belsize 5-0 in the Under 15 Division. Lewis Decker finished the job. HMH were crowned Under 12 Division champions after beating Redbridge Jewish Care in a double-header.

Zack Collins scored the only goal in match one. He added two more, along with strikes from Clark Norton and Noah Lachs in a 4-3 win in the second. Hendon Inter Schools White kept alive their Under 10 double hopes with a pair of victories over Hendon Hawks.

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Five-star Thornes leave Clayhill all cut up

April 4, 2008

Glenthorne United A and South Mancunians joined Brady Maccabi A and EDRS Stonegrove in the semi-finals of the Henry Swerner Maccabi Masters Football League Cup. Adam Lennard, Sid Shaw, Andy Block, Ray Russell and Jon Diamond found the net as Glenthorne eased past Clayhall.

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Grant me a visa - Avram

By Simon Griver, April 4, 2008

Chelsea could be forced to cancel the Malaysian leg of their Asian end-of-season tour if Israeli coach Avram Grant is not allowed into the country. The Far East nation does not have diplomatic ties with Israel and its citizens — including Grant and defender Tal Ben Haim — who must obtain special permission to travel there. The Malaysia FA have informed tour organisers that they would raise the issue with the foreign ministry in order to obtain clearance for the pair.

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Stock horror for calamity Keown

By Danny Caro, April 4, 2008

Four-goal Matt scuppers Arsenal legend’s hope of varsity victory

Four goals and a man-of-the-match performance from Matt Stock helped Cambridge University tear apart an Oxford team coached by former England and Arsenal defender Martin Keown in the annual Varsity match at Craven Cottage.

The 20-year-old, who is studying modern and medieval languages at St Catharines College, took centre stage as the blues, who started the game as underdogs, beat Oxford 5-3 on Saturday.

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