Danny Caro

Avram’s still a hero in my eyes

By Danny Caro, May 30, 2008

Well… it was fun while it lasted. Written off, ridiculed and abused. That is how Avram Grant had been treated by the national press and the football fraternity for the majority of his nine month tenure as manager of Chelsea.

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Jewish monopoly worth a wager

By Danny Caro, May 23, 2008

Did you know that the four major competitions in England have been won by clubs with Jewish owners. Surely that bet would have been a decent price at the start of the season. Daniel Levy’s Spurs started things off by winning the Carling Cup final against Chelsea in February. Then Malcolm Glazer’s Manchester United pipped Chelsea to the post in the Barclays Premier League. Last Saturday, Alexandre Gadaymak’s Portsmouth lifted the FA Cup at Wembley, and most recently, we had the Champions League final on Wednesday between United and Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea.

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Eight goals clinch the title for Youngs guns

By Danny Caro, May 23, 2008

FC Team A were presented with the Division Four title following an 8-0 routing of UJIA. Goals  from top-scorer Jonny Breger (2), Mitch Lassman (2), Mitch Young (2), Andy Sheena and Gideon Moss eased them  to an emphatic victory over UJIA .

Player-manager Mitch Young said: “The football we played was just sensational at times and the some of the goals we scored were out of this world. What a way to end  the season. I am very proud of everyone for delivering a performance like that in front of league chairman David Wolff.

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Grant sacked by Chelsea

By Danny Caro, May 23, 2008

Avram Grant has had his contract terminated with immediate affect just three days after his Chelsea team were beaten in the Champions League final by Manchester United and finished the campaign without a trophy.

Following two days of meetings between club officials and the manager, a statement on the Chelsea said: "We would like to thank Avram for his contribution since taking over as manager last September.

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Chelsea should not let Avram go, says Hansen

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2008

Liverpool legend Alan Hansen has spoken out in support of Avram Grant and says it would be unjust if he was replaced at Chelsea.

The BBC pundit feels that the Stamford Bridge job is one of the toughest in football and claims the Israeli has done an excellent job since taking over from Jose Mourinho in September.

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Dream debut for Furman

By Danny Caro, May 16, 2008

Midfielder Dean Furman described his Rangers first team debut as an “unbelievable experience” following the 3-1 victory over Dundee United.

The 19-year-old from Edgware has turned heads in Glasgow this season and on Saturday, he came off the bench to replace Kevin Thomson 52 minutes into the Ibrox encounter.

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Neasden end hoodoo

By Danny Caro, May 16, 2008

A Daniel Levenfiche hat-trick helped Premier Division champions North West Neasden A end their London Maccabi Lions A hoodoo as they beat the Rowley Lane giants 5-4.

Lee Cash and Jake Gottlieb were the other marksmen as Neasden beat Lions for the first time in 10 games. Ricky Kennet (2), James Gershfield and Mike Pearson netted for Lions. Hendon United A closed in on second place after beating Chigwell Athletic A in a double-header.

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Billionaires ready for the final fling

By Danny Caro, May 16, 2008

In the blue corner, coming out of darkest Siberia and sunny Petah Tikva respectively, we have the tag team of Roman ‘the Governor of Chukotka’ Abramovich, and Avram ‘the Extra Special One’ Grant. In the red corner, from Rochester, New York, we have the Glazer family with father figure Malcolm joined by sons Avram, Kevin, Bryan, Joel, Darcie and Edward. Wednesday night’s first ever all-English Champions League final is also an all-Jewish affair.

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Vale ousted in Standard

By Danny Caro, May 16, 2008

London Maccabi Vale 1st bowed out of the Evening Standard Challenge Trophy after losing their first round clash against Knebworth by six wickets. Last season’s Stuart Neils Cup national winners failed to defend a total of 210-8.

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The racist emails sent to Chelsea’s Avram Grant

By Danny Caro, May 16, 2008

Chelsea manager Avram Grant has been the target of vile antisemitic abuse, the JC can reveal.

We have seen copies of emails sent to the Israeli, whose club last week distanced itself from claims by his agent that he had been a victim of race-hate.

One, full of mis-spellings, accused Grant of “having Palestinian and Arab blood on his hands”. Another branded his Israeli player Tal Ben Haim “a Jewish terrorist”.

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Bridge abuse not a place for kids

By Danny Caro, May 9, 2008

It was a throwback to the 1980s when I watched the second leg of the Champions League semi-final between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge last week. Sitting in the press overflow in the East Lower Stand, I was taken aback by the foul-mouthed language coming from the terraces.

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That’s what you call a Matt finish

By Danny Caro, May 9, 2008

Supersub Stock hits late strike to clinch double for North West Neasden

A last-gasp strike from supersub Matt Stock helped North West Neasden A complete the league and cup double as they came from a goal down to beat 2007 league champions Hendon United A at Wingate & Finchley on Sunday.

The Peter Morrison Trophy final was far from the predicted classic and the manner of Neasden’s victory was anything but a work of art.

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North London to be hit by cup fever

By Danny Caro, May 2, 2008

Wingate & Finchley will host a football extravaganza over the bank holiday weekend with the Jewish FA Cup final, better know as the Peter Morrison Trophy, the showpiece match.

It’s hard to separate North West Neasden A and Hendon United A and I’m expecting a classic with end-to-end action and plenty of goals. It looks set to be a classic with some of the leading lights in Jewish football on show. On a sombre note, the match, as will all league games, will be preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of JC MSFL vice-chairman Harry Shapiro.

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Stepping stone for Wingate

By Danny Caro, May 2, 2008

Wingate & Finchley manager Michael Stone reflected on the campaign as “a tricky season” after the blues finished fifth from bottom in the Division One North following a 1-0 defeat against champions Dartford on Saturday. The 29-year-old, who took over from Adam Lee last September, was delighted with his team’s performance in front of more than 2,500 spectators.

“The boys didn’t shrink,” said Stone. “They more than held their own and came away from the game with plenty of credit.”

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Sloma aids Daggers' revival

By Danny Caro, May 2, 2008

Sam Sloma played the supersub role as he came off the bench to help Dagenham & Redbridge maintain League 2 status after coming from two goals down to win at Darlington. The 25-year-old midfielder started the comeback with a close-range finish seven minutes after joining the action.

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Hammers ready to burst double bubble

By Danny Caro, May 2, 2008

Newly crowned JC MSFL champions North West Neasden A will look to complete the league and cup double when they take on last season’s league winners Hendon United A in the final of the Peter Morrison Trophy on Sunday afternoon.

Neasden, whose chairman is Sammy Carr, are no strangers to Wingate & Finchley and they are sure to bring a healthy following in their pursuit of more silverware. Having beaten the Hammers home and away in the league this season, manager Jamie Cole believes they have the psychological edge going into the game.

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Enfield job for Lee and Margolis

By Danny Caro, May 2, 2008

Former Wingate & Finchley manager Adam Lee has been appointed joint-manager of Division One North side Enfield Town along with Stewart Margolis. Lee, who managed Team GB at the 2005 Maccabiah Games, had been looking to get back into management after his six-year reign with the Abrahams Stadium club ended in September. Last season, he steered the club to ninth in the Ryman League Division One North, their best ever finish and points tally.

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Our man Avram deserves respect

By Danny Caro, April 25, 2008

I think it’s about time that someone stood up for Chelsea boss Avram Grant and as there doesn’t appear to be a lengthy queue, I will do it for him. I am not suggesting setting up an Appreciation Society, especially being a Liverpool fan in the midst of a Champions League semi-final against the Stamford Bridge club, but I believe it’s time for the British press to show him some respect. When he took over from Jose Mourinho last September, I remember the looks of amazement from some of the country’s top sport writers.

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No sweat for Gaby

By Danny Caro, April 25, 2008

Gaby Rosenthal claimed a personal best at the recent Flora London race, finishing in 2:54 — and she didn’t even train for it .

Her time saw her finish fourth in the non-elite race and she expects to raise in excess of £8,000 for Auditory Verbal UK.

The 33-year-old personal trainer will be the envy of the field in the circumstances, finishing 686, out of 36,000 participants.

Rosenthal, who has run the London and New York races once before, said: “The most amazing thing was that I didn’t have a single ache or pain the next day.”

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Stollar ready for Euro test

By Danny Caro, April 25, 2008

Team England manager Gavin Stollar has named a 14-man squad for the forthcoming European Maccabi Football Trophy taking place in Madrid next month.

The delegation, led by JC MSFL chairman David Wolff, will see Oakwood EDRS A boss Stollar assisted by Alex
Gilbert.

England will be up against Russia, Germany and Spain and Stollar has spoken of his pride of leading the team to the Spanish capital in the competition from May 1-4.

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