Specsavers’ mission to transform Manchester football team branded ‘England’s worst’

The Manchester-based club, dubbed ‘the worst football team in the country’, have seen improvements since being sponsored by Specsavers.

Cavaliers FC didn’t win any games in the first half of the season.

So, earlier this year, Specsavers teamed up with former professional footballer Jimmy Bullard in an effort to hone the skills of the team.

In February, when the sponsorship took place, the team received elite training sessions, a new kit, new equipment and even nutrition plans.

The efforts now appear to be paying off – manager and team founder Ben Gage said: “Four games since Specsavers got involved, and this calendar year has started much better.

“We should have gone to Specsavers – luckily they came to us!”

Now team members are all being offered comprehensive eye tests at their local Specsavers in Wythenshawe in a bid to improve their chances.

Specsavers decided to offer the club a lifeline after seeing their call for help on Twitter following their devastating 26-0 loss to Avenue FC.

Specsavers said: “A few months ago we spotted this tweet…”

Vicky Clarke, Marketing Activation Manager at Specsavers, said: “When we saw the Cavaliers call-up on Twitter, we knew we had to get involved.

“It’s clear how passionate the manager and team are about climbing the rankings and with the help of Jimmy and Specsavers we are more confident than ever.”

In the first four games played since the new year, the team have had one win, one draw and two losses – they now share a cut place at the bottom of the league table.

Mr Gage said: “We may be at the bottom of the table, but technically we are no longer the worst performing team in the league.

“In 2022 we have already made huge progress against teams like AFC Burnley. We lost 8-0 to them last time out – our last game was a draw where we equalized at the last minute despite having played the entire second half with 10 men.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that the technical help from Jimmy and Specsavers, along with improving morale and team spirit, had a huge part to play.”

Specsavers documented the team’s progress on a dedicated YouTube channel called Specsavers’ Best Worst Team, with help from comedic YouTubers Statman Dave and Stephen Tries.

Episode five was released last week, in which the team takes on Bullard in a one-on-one attacking challenge. You can find the episode below.

Image: (left to right) player Will Coventry, store manager Victoria Timperley, player Jake Deakin and Cavaliers team manager Ben Gage

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