Try as he might, there’s just no pleasing some people


The ever-smiling Lord Triesman has become public enemy No. 1, or so it seems.

With a break in the busy Premiership programme, the heat has temporarily moved from the shoulders of Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez to the FA chief, and the man at the forefront of the troubled 2018 World Cup bid.

It looks as though it’s only a matter of time until national newspapers start cutting his head on a disheveled vegetable, Graham Taylor style.

To me, it seems that some people have a problem with Lord Triesman earning a reported £100,000 for 48 hours of work.

Our columnist Martin Samuel labelled him ‘Lord Pleasedman’ in his Daily Mail column, while he has been branded ‘smug and arrogant’ elsewhere. And all this before a decision has been made by FIFA.
But if the bid is successful, will the British media issue an apology or eat some humble pie? I’m not so sure. At least that way, Lord Triesman would have the last laugh.

Manchester’s Jewish cricket community is celebrating its 111th birthday. Players past and present have been invited to attend and share their memories in an evening that combines the Northern Jewish Cricket League awards. Lancashire cricketer Gary Keedy will be the guest of honour at Manchester Maccabi on November 22 where trophies will be presented to the league’s Player of the Year and Junior Player of the Year.

George Goldberg, 12, will reach the 100-goal mark for Highgate & Muswell Hill if he can score against Hendon Hawks in the Maccabi GB Primary Football League on Sunday. He scored a hat-trick in last week’s 7-1 mauling of AC Whetstone in the Under 13 Division. Young George has played for and captained the team for five years since its inception when he was eight years old, scoring an average of 20 goals per season and finishing top scorer each year in the Maccabi U13 Division One.

Barry David, a deaf referee, received the top mark of all Maccabi League officials, earning 190/200 after covering the Division Four clash between Real Life and Pinner JFC.

Manchester Maccabi have signed a sponsorship deal with Nesbit Law Group LLP. The deal will see Maccabi’s three senior teams and the Vets team wearing the group’s logo for at least two years.

UJS Norstar A collected around 15 shirts and a variety of shorts, socks, shinpads and boots to send to children around the world in support of the KitAid initiative.

Real Life hotshot Charlie Bernstein dedicated his four-goal salvo to baby Evie Rachel, born three weeks ago.

Evergreen bowler Norman Marine finished fourth in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League divisional averages with 32 wickets at 13.28. He won Old Cholmeleian bowler of the year.

Simon Hecker became Montana’s four player in six months to dislocate a shoulder.

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