Avram Grant frontrunner for Portsmouth manager

By Danny Caro, November 25, 2009

Avram Grant is the favourite to become Portsmouth manager after Paul Hart was sacked on Tuesday.

The Israeli recently returned to the club as Director of Football, although he awaits a work permit, which is expected to before the weekend clash against Manchester United.

The match would see a fairytale return for Grant, should he be appointed manager, as it would give him the opportunity to avenge the 2008 Champions League final defeat in Moscow, when United beat Grant’s Chelsea on penalties.


FC Team edge closer to London FA Junior Cup

By Danny Caro, November 24, 2009

FC Team cruised into the last 16 of the London FA Junior Cup after beating Racing Chiswick 3-0.

After receiving a walkover in the previous round, FC Team came into the game seeking a victory that would put them into the last 16 of the LFAJC for the first time. They were up against a team in form in the shape of Racing Chiswick - who were on a unbeaten run stretching back to February in the West End AFA Premier Division – so were under no illusions as to the size of their task.


Maccabi GB appoints three new directors

By Danny Caro, November 23, 2009

Michael Bibring, David Kyte and Gary Phillips have been appointed directors at Maccabi GB.

A former player at Wingate and in the MSFL, Bibring brought home gold and silver in cycling and the triathlon from the 18th Maccabiah Games. He is strategically involved in the MWB Group Plc hotel operations, and is also a Partner in the Alternative Hotel Group, owners of the De Vere and Village Hotel brands.


Zaki snubs Portsmouth over Israelis

By Danny Caro, November 23, 2009

Portsmouth target Amr Zaki did not join the Premier League club because it was run by Israelis, reports claim.

The Egyptian striker was close to joining the South Coast strugglers but has since gone cold after Avram Grant took over as Director of Football.

The Zamalek striker, who impressed in the first half of the 2008-09 season with Wigan, has long been a target for Portsmouth shareholder Sulaiman Al-Fahim.


Shock win for Highgate and Muswell Hill

By Danny Caro, November 19, 2009

Highgate & Muswell Hill Under 18 were top of the shocks after they dumped Premier Division London Maccabi Lions B out of the Peter Morrison Trophy with a 3-2 victory at Rowley Lane.

Avishai Kestenbaum (2) plus one from Josh Hirschowitz set up a second round clash against North West Neasden B for the youngest team in the competition. Jonathan Green bagged a brace for the Lions but it was not enough to stop the Watford Friendly League outfit.


North London Raiders go top of League 2

By James Martin, November 19, 2009

Elliot Espinoza proved the matchwinner as North London Raiders B went top of Division Two following a see-saw encounter against London Maccabi Lions C at Rowley Lane.

With his side trailing to an early volley from Sam Rosenthal, Espinoza delivered the first of three moments of magic, levelling on 17 minutes with a stunning 25-yard volley after Lions had failed to clear their lines.


MGBPFL Under 10s round-up

November 19, 2009

Hendon Hawks B came from behind three times to beat Brady Maccabi 6-4 in the MGBPFL Under 10 Division. Joshua Resnick (2), Matti Karp (2), Eli Meyer and Naim Cohen were the scorers.

Goals from George Goldberg (3), Adam Ellis, Gavriel Nussbaum, Samuel Gottlieb and Aaron Benjamin eased HMH Purple to a 7-1 win over AC Whetstone in the Under 13 Division One. Matthew Levene replied.

Jonti Aremband (2) and Ari Rogosnitsky earned HISHU Blue a point in a 3-3 draw against HISHU White.


Masters round-up

November 19, 2009

Division One leaders Glenthorne United A extended their lead at the top to six points with a 4-1 win over South Mancunians. Jason Levy (2), Sid Shaw and Stewart Block scored. Darren Coon replied.

Marc Herman, Gideon Barnett, Dan Forman and an own goal saw Brady Maccabi A move into second following a 4-3 victory over London Maccabi Lions A. Andy Miller, Paul Wise and Nick Flitterman replied for Lions.

Barry Silkman (2) and Jacob Namer took EDRS Stonegrove to the top of Division Two following a 3-0 win over Brady Maccabi B.


Manchester Maccabi through to next County Cup round

November 19, 2009

Two goals from Ashley Loofe helped Manchester Maccabi 1st into the fourth round of the County Cup as they beat Staff of Life 4-1.

Scott McGarvey’s troops went into the game on the back of two defeats and, bereft of any regular first team strikers due to injuries, they had to be on their guard against opponents from the Eccles Second Division.


Cheat or don’t cheat. You decide

By Martin Samuel, November 19, 2009

The Premier League returns this weekend, no doubt with the usual controversies about cheating players and clueless referees. The last memorable act before the international break was David Ngog’s dive to secure Liverpool a draw with Birmingham City. This seems a good place to start.