Voice of Jewish Sport

Voice of Jewish Sport

This week’s column discusses Wanderers' fitting tribute and a nail-biting finish to the Israeli football season

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

WOODFORD WANDERERS finally delivered what they’d promised to do for much of the season on Sunday morning, as they were finally crowned champions having beaten FC Team B in the Division One title decider. Just the one defeat from 20 games tells you pretty much all you need to know about their dominance in the division, and assuming Team win their final game of the season to secure runners-up spot, they would have won by a six-point margin. While obviously a day for celebration, it was also one of reflection with chairman Alex Aviram, speaking on behalf of the whole club, dedicating the win to their former manager Paul Hyams, who lost his battle to cancer last November. Their win was the most fitting of tributes.

SPEAKING OF fine wins, London Lions manager Andy Landesberg said his side claimed their ‘biggest ever cup win’ at the weekend. Getting their hands on the Anagram Record Trophy for the first time in their history, he said: “This is the most significant knockout cup the club has ever won.” Few would argue with that.

IN THE SAME way we had to wait until the last day to (finally) celebrate this year’s St Totteringham’s Day, the climax to this season’s Israeli football league season is also going down to the final game. Hapoel Beersheva will clinch their first title in 40 years – nearly as long as Spurs have had to wait to finish above Arsenal – if they beat Bnei Sakhnin this coming weekend, having suffered their first defeat in nearly eight months last weekend. Still in their own hands, another slip-up could though let in Maccabi Tel Aviv, who need to beat Maccabi Haifa and then cross their fingers. While the odds may be against them, we’ve already witnessed far more dramatic and unlikely finales played out in the past week alone…

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