Danny Caro

Grant resigns from Portsmouth

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2010

Avram Grant has resigned as manager of Portsmouth, but is odds-on favourite to take charge at West Ham.

Grant, 55, announced his decision to leave the beaten FA Cup finalists in an open letter to fans on the club's website.

"This was one of the most difficult decisions I've had to take in my football career," said Grant who took over at Fratton Park last November.

Grant arrived as Portsmouth's director of football in October 2009 but replaced Paul Hart as manager the following month, with the club bottom of the league with just seven points from 13 games.

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Late strikes leave Faithfold broken-hearted

By Danny Caro, May 18, 2010

Late strikes from Mark Herman and Mark Wagman helped Brady Maccabi A clinch part one of a possible double after they overcame a resilient Faithfold in the Henry Swerner Cup final at Wingate & Finchley.

Herman broke the deadlock a minute from time with Wagman sealing the tie a minute into injury time.

Brady manager Daniel Collins said: “It was a very close game in the pouring rain. Faithfold played extremely well from the start. They didn’t let us play our normal style of football and it wasn’t until I moved a number of players around at half time did we get on top.

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London Lions win HSCL title

By Danny Caro, May 18, 2010

London Lions were crowned Herts County Premier League champions for the first time in the club’s history after beating Bovingdon 2-0.

Goals from Daniel Stanton and Dean Nyman completed a historical day for the club.

Going into the final game of the season in second place, Tony Gold’s troops knew that only a win would be enough to lift them above Wormley Rovers.

The visitors were focused from the off, and in an unstoppable mode as they took Bovingdon apart in the first 45 minutes.

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Cricket round-up

By Danny Caro, May 17, 2010

The weather was the only winner in London yesterday as the community’s cricket teams were left frustrated by a mid-afternoon downpour.

Bad weather ruined what was shaping up to be a fantastic performance by MAL in a friendly. Skipper Gav Lebens opted to bowl, with uncertainty as to the weather later in the day. The Eastcote pitch was an absolute cracker, hard and true, and offering nothing to bowlers of any style. Yoav Lebens and Tony Wise opened the bowling but soon found that any slight error of line or length was punished.

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Lord Triesman resigns as FA chairman

By Danny Caro, May 17, 2010

Lord Triesman has stood down as chairman of the Football Association as well as the England 2018 World Cup bid.

His hasty departure follows what he has described as "entrapment" by the Mail on Sunday.

Apprentice star and former Tottenham Hotspur chairman Lord Alan Sugar has voiced interest in replacing Lord Triesman as head of the FA.

Just hours after he presented the FA Cup to Chelsea captain John Terry, the newspaper said that Lord Triesman had suggested Spain could drop its 2018 bid if rival bidder Russia helped bribe referees at this summer's World Cup.

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MSFL victory in Inter-League Cup

By By Danny Caro at Brimsdown Rovers, May 14, 2010

Jamie Cole, manager of the JC MSFL Rep team, was a proud man after leading the Maccabi League to only their second ever victory in the London Inter-League Cup following a five-goal thriller against the London & Kent Borders League at Brimsdown Rovers FC on Thursday night.

Two goals from North West Neasden striker Lee Cash plus one from South Manx’s Paul Babai completed a hard fought 3-2 win against strong opponents for whom more than half of the team play in the Ryman League.

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Victory would make Avram feel like Roy of the Rovers

By Danny Caro, May 13, 2010

Wimbledon's incredible victory against Liverpool in the 1988 final is rightly considered as one of the great FA Cup stories. But if Portsmouth beat newly-crowned Premiership champions Chelsea in the final tomorrow, I'd rate it as an even better achievement.

It would be the ultimate victory for the underdogs and almost all neutrals will be cheering for Avram Grant's team at Wembley.

It's brilliant that at a time when big clubs continue to dominate the Premier League, a relegated team is flying the flag for the minnows.

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Lions need one win to take the Championship

By Danny Caro, May 13, 2010

The seeds of success were sewn long before London Lions' victory over leaders Wormley Rovers, but James Gershfield's decisive strike made the celebrations that followed feel all the more real.

The win left Tony Gold's men needing one win from their last two games as they closed in on winning the Herts Senior County League Premier Division for the first time.

Adam Stolerman and Gershfield were on target as the Lions moved to within a point of Rovers after a nail-biting contest at Rowley Lane. It put the Lions within touching distance of reaching the South Midlands League Division One.

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Redbridge solid victory over Lions

By Danny Caro, May 13, 2010

Brad Frankel (2), Adam Hakimi and Mitch Lassman earned Redbridge Jewish Care A a 4-1 victory over London Maccabi Lions B in the JC MSFL Premier Division. Pete Lazard grabbed a consolation.

Oakwood and Brady Maccabi claimed a win apiece in a Division One double-header. Dan Abrams netted for the Oaks.

North London Raiders B were crowned champions of Division Two after Lions C beat FC Team A 4-2. Nick Kenton (2), Tony Gold and James Gold struck for the Lions. Danny Moss and David Grossman replied.

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Team of the week: 13th May 2010

By Danny Caro, May 13, 2010

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Faithfold ready to dethrone Neasden

By Danny Caro, May 13, 2010

Less than 24 hours after the FA Cup final, North West Neasden A will look to retain the Peter Morrison National Trophy against Premier Division rivals Faithfold A.

The teams came through tough semi-finals with Neasden beating their B team 3-1 with goals from Ben Ellis (2) and Tony Keterman. A brace from David Lederman steered Faithfold past Hendon United A.

Neasden joint-manager Jamie Cole said: "It's a fantastic achievement to be in the final for our third consecutive season, something which I don't believe any team has ever achieved.

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MSFL chairman warns rebels

By Danny Caro, May 13, 2010

David Wolff, the MSFL chairman, has warned that there will be serious repercussions if dissenting players and managers continue personal attacks on the his committee and referees.

In his 40th year at the helm, Wolff, 65, said: "Personal attacks are totally unacceptable. If people sign up for the rules they must accept them. The rules don't extend to attacks on individuals and referees. These must stop immediately.

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LMV bow out of Conference Cup

By Danny Caro, May 11, 2010

London Maccabi Vale bowed out of the Conference Cup following a 6 wickets defeat against Beaconsfield.

What was always going to be an impossible dream nearly turned into a fantastic reality thanks to a terrific new ball spell from Daniel Cohen and Saul Weitzman, who reduced the Home Counties League team to

2-4 in the 4th over of their reply chasing a very modest 148.

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MAL claim comprehensive win

By Danny Caro, May 10, 2010

MAL began their Middlesex Sunday Cricket League season with a comprehensive victory over West Middlesex CC at home on Sunday.

On winning the toss, Gav Lebens decided to have a bat, and a good score looked on the cards as a combination of good batting and poor bowling saw Mark Landau and Russ Corin take the score to 31 after two overs. Both were tough on any loose bowling and took the score to 81 before Corin presented a caught and bowled chance to the off-spinner Keogh and was dismissed for 27.

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BECC's flying start to cricket season

By Danny Caro, May 10, 2010

An unbeaten 38 from Joel Phillips steered Belmont & Edgware to victory as they beat Haryom in the Middlesex Sunday League Division Three.

Electing to bowl first, Gideon Restan and Mike Prager kept things tight with Restan taking one for 12 in an opening spell of five overs. Neil Myeroff (1-20) maintained the solid start but it was Stuart Davis (4-24) who was chief destroyer. Phillips chipped in with 2-17 at the death at Haryom were dismissed for 138.

Simon Durban (26), Warren Averbuch (32), batting with a runner laid the platform for Phillips to see the job through.

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MSFL manager calls for chairman to quit

By Danny Caro, May 6, 2010

The Maccabi League was plunged into turmoil after its longest-serving manager called for chairman David Wolff to resign after his team were fined and lost points over a match that was not played because of a double-booking.

Justin Rockberger, the manager of first division Camden Park, is set to appeal to the London FA over a £100 fine and demand that the team's match against Brady Maccabi be replayed.

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Team of the week: 6th May 2010

By Danny Caro, May 6, 2010

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Hendon through to semi-final

By Danny Caro, May 6, 2010

Hendon United A will play Faithfold A in the Peter Morrison Trophy semi-final on Sunday after thumping Premier Division rivals Redbridge Jewish Care A 5-2.

The JC League Cup runners-up were indebted to goals from Ben Kon (2), Avidan Last, Avishai Last and Dovid Korman. Danny Hakimi and Lewis Walker netted for RJC.

North West Neasden A boosted double hopes with a 2-0 victory over Cyril Anekstein Cup winners London Maccabi Lions A. Tony Keterman and James Gershfield were the scorers.

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What is the future for London Jewish cricket?

By Danny Caro, May 6, 2010

Can the Maccabi League be revamped or has it run it's course?

Derrick Sheldon

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D-Day for Gold

By Danny Caro, May 6, 2010

With the end of the season fast-approaching, there is another mouth-watering weekend of football in store.

Top billing goes to London Lions, who will put their Herts Senior County League Premier Division credentials on the line when they take on leaders Wormley Rovers.

Although the Lions have played the majority of league games at St Albans City's Clarence Park ground this season, Saturday's match is at Rowley Lane.

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