1976 TO 2006

The Club held its commemoration of 30 years of Maccabi football with a 'Gala Morning' incorporating the unveiling of the new kits, a pre-season friendly between the Club's two teams, and a post-match reception including the presentation of last season's Club awards. As part of the celebration, Temple Fortune returned to wearing green and white to replicate the colours first worn when entering the MSFL in 1976.

The event was staged at Hillingdon Borough FC in Ruislip and attracted a total of 32 players plus several other supporters watching from the sidelines. Before the match, Chairman Nigel Kyte greeted everybody in the clubhouse with a short address, followed by kit sponsor Gary Bekhor being invited to display a shirt before handing the large navy bags over to the respective teams. Then the players changed for the match, the Old Boys wearing their green and white kit and the Firsts in clash colours of yellow and red.

Following the taking of team photos (which appear below), the match was played on Hillingdon Borough's G3 pitch and was won 3-0 by the MSFL side. Once everyone had changed, a reception was held in the clubhouse with refreshments served before the presentation. Lynne Kyte, General Secretary, handed out the prizes, aided and abetted by Mike Shorvon (Admin Secretary).

Said Nigel: "I would like to thank everyone for getting there early and making the morning run well overall. The fact that most of the squad witnessed the presentation of trophies validified the Club's decision to hand out awards at this innovative event rather than at the traditional dinner which, of course, we had to cancel in June. I would say that this morning's occasion was successful and maybe this is something we can stage again."

General Secretary Lynne added: "It was an enjoyable morning of football. The sun finally shone after a blustery start and the children were very well behaved! And Dee of Hillingdon Borough FC did a very good job with the food. I think it was great that the Club gave something back to the players by hosting this event."
Splendidly kitted out in the brand new commemorative playing strip, sponsored by Gary Bekhor. From left to right, back row: Perry Greenblatt, David Summer, Allon Schick-Maier, Serge Weinberger, Phil Friend, Leon Pernikis, Geoff Isaacs, Jonathan Davidoff, Nick Waitsman (manager). Front row: Peter Kyte, Graham Meyer, Jeremy Fess, Gary bekhor, Steven Feiger, Bryan Silver, Robert Botkai, David Goldberg, Gary Burns.
The First Team (MSFL XI), wearing the Club's traditional colours used for 20 years, now the official 'clash' kit. From left to right, back row: Dean Ingram, Jeff Gotch, Jonathan Dubiner, Neil Mifsud, Phil Small, Michael Kaye, David Allen, Martin Seifert. Front row: David Suter, James Simpson, Simon Allen, Gedis Kortach, Ollie Buckley, Jeff Bathija.
MATCH REPORT: The First Team played the better football and generally dominated this pre-season friendly, defeating the Old Boys by three goals to nil. Despite a poor start, the Masters side defended quite heroically throughout to resist a lot of pressure, with David Summer being the pick of the bunch. He excelled at centre back, playing exceptionally well to hold off a lively Jeff Bathija in particular. But a careless foul by David Goldberg after five minutes gave the Firsts an early penalty which DEAN INGRAM converted. The Old Boys survived further damage until just before half time when Jamie Simpson's 40-yard pass set up Ollie Buckley on the right, his hold up allowing Ged Kortach's cross to be headed home by JEFF BATHIJA for a fine team goal. Jonathan Dubiner hit the bar for the Firsts with a thumping effort, as did Bryan Silver with the Old Boys XI's best chance from outside the area midway though the second half. The Old Boys rarely threatened in the second period but continued to hold strong against sustained pressure – Serge Weinberger's sound goalkeeping helping enormously to keep the score respectable – and only an excellent late finish by BATHIJA, with a rasping shot from inside the left side of the penalty area, allowed the Firsts to penetrate the Old Boys' goal for the only time in the second half. The match was played in a sporting spirit apart from a brief altercation between David Goldberg and Yali Mamouri in the last minute, which ended in handshakes. However, all told it was a good work-out for both teams and competed both teams' two-match pre-season preparations for the 2006/07 campaign.
TEAMS: FIRST XI – P.Small, D.Allen, G.Kortach, S.Allen, M.Kaye, J.Simpson, J.Dubiner, D.Ingram, O.Buckley, J.Gotch, J.Bathija. Subs: N.Mifsud, A.Mamouri, M.Seifert, D.Suter. OLD BOYS XI – S.Weinberger, D.Goldberg, P.Friend, D.Summer, S.Feiger, A.Schick-Maier, G.Meyer, B.Silver, G.Bekhor, R.Botkai, J.Fess. Subs: G.Burns, J.Davidoff, P.Greenblatt, G.Isaacs, P.Kyte, L.Pernikis, P.Rees.
Above: The TFFC trophies ready for the presentations in the HBFC clubhouse after the match. Also on display was an original 1976 shirt (on the left) alongside a new commemorative 2006 shirt.
Sponsor Gary Bekhor unveils a shirt and hands over the bags to Nick Waitsman (left) on behalf of the Old Boys Team and Michael Kaye (right) on behalf of the First Team
Dean Ingram with the Leading Appearances Trophy. Dean was also the Football Quiz winner
Jeff Bathija took the First XI Leading Goalscorer's Trophy (not shown) and his JC.Com Team of the Month medal (March 2006 winner)
Another 'double' winner – Michael Kaye shows off his 100 Club salver, He also received the First XI Clubman of the Year Trophy
Jonathan Dubiner with the First Team Player of the Year Cup
Bryan Silver, Old Boys Player of the Year, holds the Jack Kyte Challenge Cup won by the Old Boys in 2006
Jeremy Fess (left) won the Old Boys Leading Goalscorer's award and the Helmuth Feiger Shield (shown above)
Serge Weinberger with his 200 Club commemorative award. James Simpson collected the same award on behalf of his brother who couldn't attend
The Chairman's Merit Award winner Steve Feiger was presented with the trophy by Nigel Kyte for a record-breaking fourth time
David Goldberg holding the TFFC Founders' Shield, which was won by the Old Boys Team for the first time during the 2005/06 season

If you would like to add to this section about the Gala Morning event, please email the Club.
"Dear Nigel, I thought Sunday was an excellent event and I hope you will repeat it again next year. The game was played with good spirit (unlike many previous inter-club games)." MICHAEL KAYE.
"Dear Nigel, thank you for your kind words in the match report. It was a decent, competitive game and an enjoyable morning all round. Regards." DAVID SUMMER
"Thanks also for yesterday, it was an enjoyable morning. Mazeltov on the Club's achievements. Kind regards." DAVID ALLEN
"Nigs, I thought yesterday went well... let's do it every year!" PETER KYTE
>>> 30th Season Memories & Anecdotes
>>> Green and White – back to the Club's original league colours, 30 years on!
>>> The story behind Temple Fortune's choice of Green and White colours
>>> Playing Kit Gallery – A pictorial history of TFFC's playing kits