ROVERS

Last season’s Division Three winners London Rovers have folded

by Andrew Sherwood

THEY SAY a week’s a long time in politics, but seven months (including three off for the summer) in Jewish football seems an era. Back in February, London Rovers crowned off a fantastic season by winning the Division Three title, in the aftermath of which, manager Jeremy Brown said his side were aiming for ‘big things’. They were rewarded for their efforts by earning a double-promotion to Division One this season, but that’s where the story ends. Brown resigned as manager last week, citing personal reasons, though was at pains to say: “It‘s very important that the team continues to develop and stick together as I am certain there can be more glory days ahead.” Nevermind glory days, the club only survived another six days – which was how long after Brown’s resignation it took for the club to announce they’d folded – giving a number of reasons including a lack of attitude and commitment from players. At a time when numbers are at a worrying low, we bid farewell to yet another Jewish football club.

THERE WAS definitely a sense of occasion around Rowley Lane last Thursday evening for The Alpha Stadium Opening Commemorative match, which included the unveiling of the Alan Mattey stand. The tough-tackling midfielder passed away in 2006, aged just 40, though left both a legacy and lasting impression, which was reflected on an emotional evening. It was even more fitting that less than 48 hours later, his son Jack became the youngest ever player to appear for the London Lions senior team, aged 16 years and 14 days. He said: “It’s been a mad few days that I won’t forget in a hurry, Thursday night’s opening of the new stand in memory of my dad and becoming the youngest player in the club’s history to make his Saturday senior debut is an unforgettable experience.”