FortuneTeller Editorial by Nigel Kyte
There I was sitting in the Hendon FC lounge at Silver Jubilee Park after refereeing a Masters fixture – a beer on the table together with a glass of red wine – when my mobile phone rang.

David Goldberg, the Old Boys Team manager, made the call, one of the most disheartening calls I have heard about a football match for a long time. To hear the words "pathetic, pitiful, gutless" about a team representing Temple Fortune was hard to take. Whilst I listened to David's wrath about his team's overall performance, Mike Shorvon walked in and picked up the glass of red I had bought for him. This he consumed quickly as if he'd seen a ghost and, as I listened to DG's doom and gloom, 'Victor' said "I badly needed this drink – we got hammered 6–0!"

He was refering to the Second Team fixture which he attended at the Roger Bannister Sports Centre. I finished the call with David who sounded as though he needed a lie down in a dark room after suffering a torrid shambles of a morning. Mike said that Jonathan Black was outstanding in goal for the Seconds and that without him the score could have been "20-0".

Then my mobile rang again – Simon Linden, the First Team manager, showed on the display and I turned to Mike saying "please let this be some good news!" My hopes were quickly dashed as I sipped my pint of Old Speckled Hen ale – the Firsts lost 5–1! Oh my god, what a morning for the Club. Five league games played between the three Fortune teams and five defeats.

I know how hard everyone has worked to prepare for the 2017/18 season and we certainly don't deserve THIS, I thought. At times like this morning, you begin to wonder why this is happening. Are some players simply not good enough? Are there individuals not working hard enough? Are a few people pulling on TFFC colours who don't give a jot? Was it merely a 'bad day at the office' for the Club? Will it get better – is this just a blip? Are we in for a really arduous season? Can we turn it all around?

Perhaps it is too early to dissect everything going on but I dare say the managers of their respective teams will know who is good enough and who isn't, who tries and who doesn't. And, with the season only a couple of weeks old, they will select the players who have the ability and desire to work hard and try to win football matches. Each of you who played this morning in three separate games of football in TFFC colours will not have enjoyed it one iota – who enjoys losing?

So we all know what the answer is. If you want a stroll on a Sunday morning, take the wife / pram / dog out in a quiet park. If you want to win a football match, give 100% and turn this around. This needs to improve and rapidly – I HATE losing and I wasn't even playing! If you feel the same, do something about it next Sunday if you're selected to play.

Today's TF results and match details

North London Raiders 'C'
Temple Fortune 'A'
Temple Fortune 'B'
Real Hendon
Temple Fortune Old Boys

NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 5, FIRST XI 1 (away) at Ark Academy
Missing midfielders Mike Woolf, Eshed Rahav and Michael Goldberg, the First Team played very well in the first half against opponents favoured to win Division One and deservedly reached the interval level at one-apiece. GAB STONE had given Fortune the lead but Raiders equalised just before half-time through a penalty. The Firsts had several good chances to restore the lead but fell behind after around 65 minutes. The home side added three in the closing ten minutes to give them a flattering win. Said manager Simon Linden: "In the first half we were the better side and gave them a hard match. But we missed great opportunities and paid the price. Although we were missing some key players in midfield, I'm very disappointed with an undeserved final score."

After an anxious morning of disarray when staff opened the Sports Centre really late, Fortune's Second string put in a really poor performance on the long grassed pitch and fell to a second successive heavy defeat without scoring. Not helped by some dreadfully inept refereeing, the home side simply fell apart. But for some brilliant goalkeeping by Jonathan Black, the final score could easily have been doubled as Hendon ran out comfortable winners. Said manager Darren Zitren: "Horrendous game – one of the worst I've been involved in. We were shocking." Assistant Steven Black summed it up with a brief "Less said the better".

OLD BOYS XI 2, MARSHSIDE 5 (home) at Parmiters
To complete a miserable trio of results for Temple Fortune, the Old Boys were thumped 5–2 by Marshside who played with just ten men throughout. Goalkeeper Serge Weinberger saved a penalty, whilst ALAN HAROUNOFF and ROBERT BOTKAI (penalty) scored for Fortune. Manager David Goldberg was furious afterwards: "This was a pathetic performance. We were pitiful and gutless and the whole morning was very disheartening. I'd say that only 6 or 7 players bothered to try. Some were dreadfully poor. This was a game we expected to win and the performance was simply not good enough by a mile. If I have to name anyone who played well, it has to be Serge in goal."

MGBSFL results and round-up

With acknowledgements to www.thejc.com

Oakwood A 12 Boca Jewniors 1
Oakwood B 3 Catford & Bromley 0

Brady Maccabi 6 North London Raiders A 1
Camden Park vs Hendon United SC – postponed
Maccabi London Lions White 1 Maccabi London Lions Blue 4

Los Blancos 4 L'Equipe 0
North London Raiders B 5 Temple Fortune 1
Redbridge JC B 1 Redbridge JC C 2
Scrabble 2 Faithfold A 2

Fairlop 4 Bayern Mincha 0
Faithfold B 0 North London Raiders C 8
Hertswood Vale 5 Straw Hat Pirates 0
Mill Hill Dons 3 FC Team 2
Temple Fortune B 0 Real Hendon 6

LOS BLANCOS 4 L’EQUIPE 0: Los Blancos finished the weekend top of the table after sealing an emphatic 4-0 triumph over second division champions L'Equipe. NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 5 TEMPLE FORTUNE 1: North London Raiders B produced a five-star performance to hand newly-promoted Temple Fortune their second defeat of the season. Josh Green, Elliot Espinoza, Josh Goldstein and Jake Gilbert were amongst the scorers for NLR after Gab Stone had put Fortune ahead. SCRABBLE 2 FAITHFOLD A 2: Strikes from Zalmie Cohen and David Lewie helped Faithfold maintain their unbeaten start after a four-goal thriller against Scrabble.

FAITHFOLD B 0 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 8: BEN KAYE tormented Faithfold B to the tune of five goals as North London Raiders C boosted their title credentials with an 8–0 drubbing. Striker partner Alex Elf bagged a brace, with Faithfold's misery compounded by an own goal to complete the scoring. FAIRLOP 4 BAYERN MINCHA 0: Title favourites Fairlop FC extended their unbeaten run to three matches as they won the battle of the new boys 4–0 against Bayern Mincha. HERTSWOOD VALE 5 STRAW HAT PIRATES 0: Edan Dodi's double inspires Hertswood Vale to their first success of the campaign as they forced the Pirates to surrender 5–0. A game of top-quality goals was capped off by fine strikes from Harry Marlow from 30 yards, James Millet and Josh Cohen. MILL HILL DONS 3 FC TEAM 2: Adam Isaacs, Zach Cohen and an own goal helped Mill Hill Dons extend their winning start after a hard-fought victory over FC Team. TEMPLE FORTUNE B 0 REAL HENDON 6: Lolu Hibbert fired a treble as Real Hendon outclassed Temple Fortune B 6–0 in Pinner. Hibbert opened the scoring after 12 minutes and scored on the stroke of half-time, with Joel Kutner adding another in between. Hibbert completed his hat-trick just after the hour, with further strikes from Ben Goldberg and Chaim Gothold completing the rout.

MMFL results and round-up

With acknowledgements to Jeremy Silverstone (MMFL)

Brady Maccabi A 3 Scrabble 2
North London Raiders 6 HMH 0

Glenthorne 1 Maccabi London Lions B 8
Hendon Harriers 1 St John’s Wood Tigers 3
Temple Fortune Old Boys 2 Marshside 5

In Division 2, hat-tricks from Paul Lenchner and Michael Abrahams, plus a double from Max Radford gave Lions B an 8-1 victory against Glenthorne, with Adam Lennard scoring Glenthorne’s consolation. Meanwhile two goals from Jason Bentley and one from Oren Wolf saw St John’s Wood Tigers to a 3-1 win over Hendon Harriers, for whom Andy Diamond replied. And the fourth hat-trick of the day – from Marshside’s Fara Moghim – earned them a 5-2 win over Temple Fortune. Jason Rich and Andrew Cohen also scored for Marshside, whilst Fortune’s goals came from Alan Harounoff and a late penalty from Robert Botkai.

Very important – punctuality an absolute must

Here is a timely reminder that punctuality is essential at all TFFC games. The managers, be it Simon Linden, Darren Zitren or David Goldberg plus their respective assistants, will give the latest time of arrival when confirming the fixture with players and it is everyone's responsibilty to ensure this is adhered to.

Having one of them pace up and down, looking at his watch, trying to phone the late-comer on his mobile, is simply NOT FAIR – it is impossible to prepare for the fixture ahead when the team is not present by the time required. It just takes one player to delay the team talk and warm-up – and before you know it, the team is ill-prepared come kick-off time. Of course, those running late do not think of the anxiety lateness causes, nor the knock-on effect leading up to kick-off.

So a reminder to everyone registering for Temple Fortune – BE ON TIME, NEXT WEEK and ALWAYS. There is absolutely no place for lateness.

MGBSFL Handbook 2017/18 now available

The online version of the new MGBSFL handbook is available in PDF format to TFFC Members and Friends in the TFFC Facebook group. In the Handbook: – David Wolff's message • The league's management committee • Advice to team secretaries – Constitution & rules – Fees and fines tariff – League tables 2016/17 – Previous winners of team trophies and individual awards – Summary of MGBSFL winners – CA Cup Final report 2017 – Maccabi Masters League winners – Peter Morrison Trophy winners – MMFL/MGBSFL Invitation Trophy – Teams' directory including the teams, venues and colours in all divisions – List of grounds and referees.

Request your free copy by emailing Nigel.

Information for new players joining the Club

If you wish to read details about Membership Fees, the Code of Conduct, the TFFC Rules & Regulations, Advice to Players and the Newcomers' Guide, then click here.

'A Guide to TFFC 2017/18' now available

For the last ten years or so the Club has produced a booklet in PDF format with information about the season ahead. It's no different for the 2017/18 season so to get the Guide emailed to you, please contact Nigel and ask for a copy.

Find out WhatsAppening with our MGBSFL teams!

We have a TFFC WhatsApp group for our MGBSFL players which First Team and Second Team players are invited to join. The group was used throughout the 2016/17 season to good affect, including Club info messages, social evening arrangements, PowerLeague games and a lot more. Plus general banter, images and loads of gentle team-mate 'micky-taking'... the TFFC WhatsApp group is entertaining if nothing else!

If you want to join this 'team-bonding' group, download WhatsApp onto your mobile Andriod/Smart phone and contact Simon Linden who is the main administrator so that you can be invited to join. Strictly Club Members only.

Visit the new JC Sports Facebook page!

Danny Caro, the JC's Sports Editor, has asked us to mention that he has set up a new Sports page on Facebook and invites you to show your support for it!.

Follow TFFC fun and frolics on Facebook!

TFFC's Facebook page – celebrating one year in existence – is being run specifically for Club Members past and present and features all things YellowsAndReds! A fun forum for fellow Fortunates to fabulously frolic frivolously! Join us and help make this page an ongoing interest!

We currently have 109 members on the TFFC Facebook page, so if you haven't joined yet, please jump onboard! Check out the link under Social Media on the far left.

-Other TFFC links
-Management Committee, Season 2017/18
[] Advice to TFFC players
[] Newcomers' Guide
[] Code of Conduct / Fines
[] Who's who on the Committee
[] All-time list of Officers
[] Admin guide & check list
[] Home pitch availability
[] Historical calendar

Chairman: Nigel Kyte • Mobile: 0777 323 0477Email: info@tffc.co.uk
Vice Chairman: Nicholas Waitsman • Email: nicholas@timezoneseurope.co.uk
General Secretary and Treasurer: Nigel Kyte • Email: info@tffc.co.uk
Functions Secretary: Peter Kyte • Email: pdk@enablinguk.com
First Team Secretary/Manager: Simon LindenEmail: silinden55@hotmail.co.uk
First Team Assistant Secretary: Lee FeganEmail: lee.fegan@googlemail.com
Second Team Secretary/Manager: Darren ZitrenEmail: darren_zitren@hotmail.com
Second Team Assistant Secretary: Steven BlackEmail: steven.black@russellreynolds.com
Old Boys Team Secretary/Manager: David GoldbergEmail: david_goldberg58@hotmail.com
Old Boys Team Assistant Secretary: Hilton TeperEmail: hteper@ymail.com

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