Danny Caro

From keeping goal to keeping law and order in Edgware

By Danny Caro, October 3, 2008

I did my bit for crime prevention last Sunday after helping to restore order to the streets of Edgware. Having just completed a heavy session at the gym, I was pumped and had a take-no-prisoners attitude.

A drunk, armed with a bottle of wine and can of beer, had already been shown the door at Grodzinskis, across the road, and then tried to intimidate staff at Sharon's bakery.

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Kestenbaum calls up the big guns

By Danny Caro, October 3, 2008

Maccabiah Team GB is to name a provisional 23-man open football squad for next year's 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel, we can reveal.

Manager Jonathan Kestenbaum, together with his coaching team of Michael Stone and Ben Winston, will reduce the squad to 18 players with five non-travelling reserves working as a unit for the first get-together in November.

And it promises to be one of the strongest squads to represent Britain for many years.

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Team of the week - 3rd October 2008

By Danny Caro, October 2, 2008

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It’s the oldest trick in the book — but I just couldn’t resist it

By Danny Caro, September 26, 2008

It is amazing the lengths I go to watch a game of football. Handed baby-sitting duties last Sunday morning, I treated my daughter to the Maccabi League match of the day.

On the way to a painting café, we took the diversion to see Hendon A take on Chigwell A. Hammers boss Jonathan Kestenbaum worked me out within seconds. "Have you told the missus you're going to the park?" he chuckled. "It's the oldest trick in the book!" I'd been caught red-handed.

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Stanmore pair boost Twenty20 vision

By Danny Caro, September 26, 2008

Two Jewish players have helped Stanmore reach the national club Twenty20 finals.

Captained by Marc Reingold, the ECB Middlesex County Premier League club beat favourites Bromley in the semi-finals before overcoming Ashford in a thrilling regional final at the St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury. They also took the scalps of Middlesex League rivals Finchley and Ealing in the preliminary stages with Reingold receiving the South East Counties Cup and a cheque for £6,500.

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Brits look for a first-class return

By Danny Caro, September 25, 2008

Three first-class players will spearhead Team Great Britain's open cricket challenge at next summer's Maccabiah Games in Israel.


Manager Nigel Rothband has named a 13-man squad. Under Rothband, GB claimed bronze in the 2005 Games and he is confident that they can push holders South Africa and Australia all the way. The third place finish was GB's first cricket medal for 16 years.

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Team of the week - 23rd September 2008

By Danny Caro, September 23, 2008

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Lions top league with win over Wormley

By Danny Caro, September 22, 2008
Wormley Rovers 1

London Lions 3

London Lions went top of the Herts Senior County League Premier Division table with a battling 3-1 win over Wormley Rovers.

Manager Tony Gold named an unchanged side for the trip to Wormley following last week's empathic 10-0 win over Bovingdon, which meant skipper Rob Glass who was back from suspension could only manage a place on the Lions bench.

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Ziggy’s gone from hotshot back to trying to stop the shots

By Danny Caro, September 19, 2008

We witnessed the long-awaited comeback of Big Brother star Ziggy Lichman last weekend. Preferred to the much-maligned Andrew Okin, Lichman was relieved that his return was not greeted by a plethora of paparazzi. There was not a reporter or camera in sight as he got Southgate Harmen A's second division title bid on track in a 3-2 victory over Rapid Banta.

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Israeli horse ‘can make history’

By Danny Caro, September 19, 2008

Vanilla Bally is looking to make sporting history by becoming the first Israeli horse to win a race in England.

Trained and owned by Oren Sada, the three-year-old filly was bred at Bally Stud in Pardess Hanna near Hadera. Sada made the purchase when the horse was aged six months, and built a stable in his garden in Ramle near Tel Aviv.

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Guess who’s cut up over not making the cut?

By Danny Caro, September 12, 2008

The fairytale is over but the dream remains alive. I was informed on Friday that I had not made the Team GB cricket squad competing at next year's Maccabiah Games in Israel.

It doesn't say anywhere in the laws of cricket that the Sports Editor of The Jewish Chronicle should be picked for the Great Britain team competing at the 2009 Maccabiah Games, but I wish it did.

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Boss Lee leaves Town

By Danny Caro, September 12, 2008

Adam Lee, joint-manager of Enfield Town, was in philosophical mood after leaving the club by mutual agreement.

The Ryman League Division One North team had made a poor start to the campaign and Lee departed to leave Stewart Margolis in charge.

"I put in a lot of effort in pre-season but was under pressure from the first game," said Lee.

"It became a bit farcical in the end as I needed the board to back me but they didn't.

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Reuben rules the roost as Montana wilt

By Danny Caro, September 12, 2008

Two stunning free kicks in the last six minutes from Danny Reuben gave London Maccabi Lions B a 2-1 victory over newly promoted Montana Boca United A. Gary Cohen had put Montana ahead in the Premier Division contest.

Defending champions North West Neasden A were given a scare before coming through 4-3 against Bafana Bafana. Daniel Stanton (2), Jake Gottlieb and Daniel Levenfiche saw Jamie Cole's men home. Aaron Lawee, Jonny Kaye and Dave Ossack netted for Bafana.

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MSFL ref Mark dies

By Danny Caro, September 12, 2008

Tributes have been coming in for Maccabi League referee Michael "Mickey" Mark, who passed away last week.

A lower league official, Mark, 71, was scheduled to officiate at a friendly last weekend but died three days earlier after collapsing on his way to Regent's Park.

He was involved with the league for more than 40 years after initially joining Brixton. He refereed for more than seven years.

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As good as it gets

By Danny Caro, September 11, 2008

Last night was without doubt the best England performance I have seen in my lifetime.

It was as though I had forgotten how being a proud Englishman felt as the goals kept flying in. It was as though I almost had to pinch myself.

Going into the game I expected a draw at best, hoping that England would give a resilient and gutsy display. No-one could have written the script of a 4-1 win against a country that had never lost a competitive home match.

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Sahar salvages Israel's World Cup dream

By Danny Caro, September 9, 2008

Ben Sahar swept home an injury time equaliser as Israel clawed back a two goal deficit against Switzerland to cling on to its World Cup qualification dreams.

Two late goals thanks to Premier League stars Yossi Benayoun and Sahar meant that Israel's 2-2 draw against Switzerland in its opening World Cup qualifier at Ramat Gan on Saturday night seemed like a point gained rather than two thrown away.

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JC MSFL week one preview

By Danny Caro, September 5, 2008

Season 2008/09 of the JC MSFL gets under way with some mouth-watering clashes on the cards. Our experts look ahead to all the action across five divisions.  

PREMIER DIVISION

BAFANA BAFANA vs NORTH WEST NEASDEN A
Champions Neasden could not have asked for an easier opener. Having strengthened what was already an incredibly strong squad last season with the additions of Ricky Kennet and Lee Bibring from the Lions, Jamie Cole and Daniel Fox have an embarrassment of riches at their disposal.

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Glad to be alive and kicking

By Danny Caro, September 4, 2008

The future of junior Jewish football has been in doubt for some time now. With the leagues in London, AJY and Maccabi Primary League, and Manchester struggling for numbers it appears that youngsters have fallen out of love with the game.

In my day, kids couldn’t get enough of football. I remember playing in Hendon Park until 10pm when our floodlights were the lamp-posts. It didn’t stop us from diving, shooting and yelling in a John Motson voice.

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Maccabi League revs up for big KO

By Danny Caro, September 4, 2008

The JC MSFL season gets under way on Sunday morning with 53 teams batting it out for silverware across five divisions.

Expect to see lots of blood, sweat, tears and thunder in our unrivalled sports coverage over the next nine months.

The final round of pre-season friendlies saw the goals flying in. London Maccabi Lions B overcame Premier Division rivals Redbridge Jewish Care 5-3 courtesy of braces from Tony Gold and David Dinkin. Josh Morris scored the other.

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Too much money for their own good

By Danny Caro, September 4, 2008

Credit crunch. What credit crunch? While some people are scraping for pennies, two Premiership football club splashed more than £60 million on two players.

As I Liverpool supporter, I’m just gutted that The Abu Dhabi United Group chose Eastlands over Anfield.

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