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Brighton & Hove Jewish Football

Following its formation in 1934, Brighton & Hove Maccabi was able to field a football team in the Macccabi leagues and cup competitions and enjoyed several successful seasons. After the war, Brighton and Hove Maccabi developed a strong football team during the 1950s. I first became involved in about 1956. In those days, I was… Read more »

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Following its formation in 1934, Brighton & Hove Maccabi was able to field a football team in the Macccabi leagues and cup competitions and enjoyed several successful seasons. After the war, Brighton and Hove Maccabi developed a strong football team during the 1950s.

I first became involved in about 1956. In those days, I was living in London and beginning my medical studies at King’s College, going on to Kings College Hospital. My cousin Alan Shepherd, a fine all-round sportsman and a Hove resident, was a member of the team and I was invited to be a part of this fine eleven whenever available.

In those days, the team was captained by Basil Wise and names that I remember well were David Rose, George and Michael Gunn, Harry Green, Chester Panto, John Gold, David and Ronnie Bloom and Stan Shaverein.

Apart from playing in the Southern Maccabi league, there were exciting cup competitions, the biggest being the Jewish Chronicle Cup which involved Jewish teams from all over the Country. Not far behind was the Leslie Luck Cup and I will never forget being part of the Brighton team that travelled up to Leicester to beat Manchester Maccabi in a replay, by 4 goals to 2 after extra time.

This team also had a spell of playing in the Sussex Sunday league, often playing at the Greyhound Stadium. At a later date,when I moved to Shoreham in the 1960s, I was asked to join the team then playing again in the Southern Maccabi league.

I had several seasons of most enjoyable Sundays playing with a whole new bunch of Brighton boys, with manager Sid Glass.

This side included Ray Bloom, the youngest of the Bloom brothers. Everyone who loves football will know of Harry Bloom, father of the Bloom boys and former vice-chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion. How exciting is it today, that his grandson Tony, son of Ronnie, is the man behind the present Albion.

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