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Minute book entry from the Cardiff Maccabi Football Club meeting held at the Cathedral Road Youth Centre in Cardiff on 17 May 1972 - 'Maccabi' referring to a Jewish Organisation with its mission to "Promote Jewish Identity through Sport" [source:].

The individual entries in the book primarily follow the formula of: date, members present, agenda, minutes, correspondence, the treasurer's' report, matches and elections. However, there are variations as the entries continue over the years, with more pressing matters taking priority. For this entry, a letter from Geoff Goldberg had been received, and there was a lengthy, heated discussion on the points raised. The Financial Report revealed that members were failing to pay their match subscriptions and the Treasurer hoped that this would not continue into the next season. Out of a total of the 16 league and cup games, they had won 6, lost 7 and drawn 3. Martin Manuel was the only person to play in every game. Additionally, Steve Hamilton had been picked to represent the Maccabi League – a decision approved by all of those who had seen his performances. A discussion of the future of the club also commenced, and it was confirmed that Cardiff Maccabi should continue to play in London.

The Maccabi Union Great Britain is the more commonly used shorter name of the Union of Maccabi Associations in Great Britain. Similarly to its counterparts across the globe, it exists to promote the active participation in sports and education of young Jewish men and women, in order to enhance their Jewish identity, values and commitment to the community [source: coll_id=14836&inst_id=118&nv1=search&nv2=].

In 1969, Stanley Soffa and Adrian Freedman travelled to London to submit an application, so their Cardiff Football Club would be allowed to join the Maccabi Southern Football League - it was accepted. The team finished 3rd in the 1970/71 season and were promoted, but at the annual general meeting there was discussion about joining the Cardiff Sunday League, which had been founded by a group of individuals (not Jewish) who got together in late August 1970. After a hard struggle with the City Council and the South Wales Football Association, they were later given permission to commence matches in early October 1970 [source: Cardiff Maccabi Football Club. Doc].

Depository: Glamorgan Archives.

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