Danny Caro

Alex Kaye is the MJSL Player of the Year

By Danny Caro, May 27, 2010

Oakhill Lions midfielder Alex Kaye is the MJSL Player of the Year.

Kaye, 21, received the Tony Waltzer Trophy after a season in which he scored twice in the Feldman Trophy final, including an extra-time winner.

In his final year reading history and sociology at the University of Manchester, Kaye has scored 13 goals, playing predominantly in central midfield as well as a brief spell at centre back.

Kaye said: "Winning the MJSL Player of the Year award is something I am very proud of. It's always nice to see your name engraved on a trophy.

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Gottlieb earns Neasden MSFL title glory

By Danny Caro, May 27, 2010

A stunning second half free-kick from Jake Gottlieb helped North West Neasden A retain the JC MSFL Premier Division title for the third consecutive season as they drew 1-1 against London Maccabi Lions A in a title at Rowley Lane on Wednesday night.

Both teams were missing key men. Lions were without Motti Colman and Ricky Kennet, while for Neasden, Daniel Cole was in New York.

It was the Lions who made the better start, pressing Neasden back into their half. Sam Arghebant had the first chance but fired wide.

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Team GB run riot in final EMFT warm-up

By Danny Caro, May 26, 2010

Preparations remain on track for the defence of the European Maccabi Football Trophy after another comfortable victory, this time at the hands of Premiership opposition in the shape of London Maccabi Lions B at Rowley Lane.

Man-of-the-Match Nicky Woolf went one better than his four goals on Sunday with a five goal salvo, perfectly exploiting Lions high back-line in a 9-0 success.

Woolf's first goal came after two minutes after Joel Lassman won the ball out wide and played the in-form striker through to hit home from the tightest of angles.

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MSFL round-up

By Danny Caro, May 24, 2010

Defending champions North West Neasden A must avoid defeat against London Maccabi Lions A on Wednesday night’s JC MSFL Premier Division decider after both teams won their penultimate matches on Sunday.

Goals from supersub Danny Daggers and Daniel Cole earned NWN a 2-1 win against Redbridge Jewish Care A. Steve Summers replied.

NWN joint-manager Jamie Cole said: “We now need to go to Rowley Lane and put in one last performance.

“I wan to thank Dan Cole for his contribution to Neasden over the last three seasons. The team wish him the best of luck in New York.”

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Team of the week: 21st May 2010

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2010

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UJIA crowned champions

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2010

UJIA won the Division Four title after thumping Hendon United D 6-2. Brad Cohen (2), Matt Radstone, Mark Rhodes, Oliver Henry and Jon Isaacs were the scorers.

Goals from Yishai Last, Avidan Last and Saul Conway helped Hendon A keep alive their Premier Division title hopes with a 3-1 victory at Redbridge Jewish Care A.

Adam Levine, Ben Myers and Dan Ash steered Oakwood to a 3-2 victory over Neasden B in Division One.

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Momentous week turned sour by cup final debacle

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2010

The phrase a week is a long time in football could certainly be applied to the last seven days.

Thursday: The JC MSFL Rep team clinches the London Inter-League Cup, or so we think.

Friday: I receive enquiries about the eligibility of Sam Sloma and find out that he has not played in the Maccabi League this year. Houston, we have a problem. Angry emails come in from other MSFL managers asking why we played a ringer. With 49 teams in the league, not even I could answer that one. These are quickly followed by calls for the head of the manager and chairman.

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Maccabi rep team player investigated

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2010

The Maccabi League Rep team's London Inter-League Cup success is under investigation after it was confirmed that they fielded an unregistered player.

The 3-2 success over the London & Kent Borders League was called into question after it emerged that Sam Sloma had not played any MSFL football this season.

League chairman David Wolff later confirmed that although registered, Aron Barnes of London Maccabi Lions did not meet the qualification requirements either.

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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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