Football

Wingate up for cups

July 18, 2008

Wingate & Finchley begin the road to Wembley with a tie against Cogenhoe United or Northampton Spencer in the preliminary round of the FA Cup.

The Capital League Western Division side face an away tie on August 30. The winner will host Witham Town or Maldon Town in the first qualifying round. Michael Stone’s troops have home advantage in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy against Ware on October 4 . The winner will be at home in the first qualifying round against Ashford Town (Middx).

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Fans back Jerusalem

By Simon Griver, July 18, 2008

Betar Jerusalem look set to ignore police advice and send supporters to the second leg of their second round Champions League qualifier against Wisla Krakow in Poland on August 6.

The Israeli champions had been warned against allowing fans to the home of a club whose fanatical supporters have a history for being violent and antisemitic.

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Ben Haim is ready to leave Chelsea

By Simon Griver, July 10, 2008

Football Tal Ben Haim began training this week under new Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari but the Israeli defender is expected to join a new club within the next week.

Manchester City, West Ham and Portsmouth have all made offers for the former Bolton and Maccabi Tel Aviv player. Ben Haim wants to remain in England and has already rejected offers from Ajax Amsterdam and the Greek side Panathinaikos.

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Wigan move puts De Ridder back with Bruce

By Craig Silver, July 4, 2008

Dutch midfielder Daniel De Ridder has made a swift return to the Barclays Premier League, after leaving relegated Birmingham City to join his former boss Steve Bruce at Wigan Athletic on a free transfer.

After signing a three-year deal with the club, he said he had made up his mind “seconds” after picking up the phone to Bruce.

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Lions host Israeli cubs

By Craig Silver, July 4, 2008

London Maccabi Lions junior section hosted its second annual football festival at the weekend, following on from last year when Nice Maccabi came to Rowley Lane.

This year the visitors were an under 14 side from Jerusalem , Etsion FC.

Nicky Bloom, the Lions co-manager who arranged the event, said: “It was a wonderful opportunity for the boys to come together with Etsion FC and to make new friends under the umbrella of football.

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Sahar to play up Pompey

By Simon Griver, June 27, 2008

Ben Sahar and his club Chelsea have agreed a six-month loan deal with FA Cup winners Portsmouth. Currently on holiday in Israel, the former Hapoel Tel Aviv striker will earn £15,000 a week with Pompey and will fly back to England next week to begin training at Fratton Park.

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Pinner’s new friends

June 27, 2008

Pinner JFC have joined  the Watford Friendly League.

Chairman Les Conway said: “This is the start of a new chapter in the history of Pinner. The coming season promises to be very challenging for the club with our youth section moving to the WFL, which we believe will be of immense benefit to development, sustainability and long term growth. And with our plan to make Pinner one of the most welcoming and progressive Jewish clubs in the North London area, we are looking forward to the challenge.”

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Rampaging cubs give Lions pride of place in five-a-side

By Danny Caro, June 27, 2008

London Maccabi Lions dominated the Maccabi (Southern) Primary League’s five-a-side competition in Hatfield.

The Rowley Lane club won four out of five age groups with the Under Nines pipped to the post in the final by Letchmore FC.

Lions C won the Under 11 event with seven straight wins to claim the Dick Urban Memorial Trophy.

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Future is Grays for Sloma

By Danny Caro, June 27, 2008

Sam Sloma joined has joined ambitious Blue Square Premier club Grays Athletic.

The 25-year-old was released by League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge at the end of the season following two successful campaigns during which he helped the Victoria Road club win promotion from the Conference for the first time.

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Benayoun: I’ll be a Red till I’m dead

By Simon Griver, June 20, 2008

Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun says they will not win the Premiership any time soon — but insists he wants to play out his career there.

The Reds last won the top prize in 1990 when Ronnie Rosenthal, played for them, but Benayoun believes the fans must be patient.

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