Manchester football team named ‘worst in Britain’ get help from ex-Premier League star
The team suffered a shocking 26-0 battering before their appeal for help
A Manchester football team known as ‘the worst in Britain’ have been offered a helping hand by former Premier League star Jimmy Bullard.
Cavaliers FC, based in Stockport, have earned themselves the unsavoury title as a result of twelve defeated games in a row and an embarrassing result of 0-26 to Avenue FC in Division Two of the Manchester Football League.
The manager and founder of the club Ben Gage spoke to the Manchester Evening News about the shocking defeat, saying the team’s bad performance was down to a lack of quality from former players who he described as ‘donkeys’.
He said on the day of the match he only had two defenders and no goalkeepers, which resulted in him having to go in goal.
It was this shocking defeat that prompted a fed up Ben to post an appeal on Twitter appealing for more players after team morale had hit rock bottom and number of players had left the club.
He explained: “I put out an appeal on Twitter asking for new players because we were down to the bare bones at that point, some of those players couldn’t play, it just wouldn’t work, they were just donkeys.”
Remarkably, Ben’s online appeal worked and, since the tweet went out, better players have joined the club.
Premier League legend Jimmy Bullard and Specsavers have also offered their support to the Cavaliers with the goal of helping them move up the league, with Jimmy vowing to put the squad through their paces in the next couple of months.
Speaking of the team, Jimmy said: “I loved the manager Ben – he’s just one of these guys who’s in it for the love of the game – obviously not getting paid and throwing his heart and soul into it.
“The boys were enthusiastic to listen to me and get involved with some of the pointers I was giving, and you can’t ask for much more than that.
“However, they seemed a bit heavy on boys who want to be the next Ronaldo so I’ve told those ones to slow down and understand you have to do your bit for the team and hopefully they have taken that on board.
“I gave them some wicked little drills to sharpen them up and hopefully they can turn it around a bit!”
Cavaliers FC went on to win their first game back in January, beating Brightmet United 2-1.
One of the new players and scorers in Cavaliers’ historic win was striker Errol Turgutalp, who said on the win: “Scoring in that win felt like a monumental moment.
“Considering that I was fairly new to the club it kind of felt almost normal, I wasn’t even expecting to start because I was getting my fitness back, and then I was told I was starting, and I put in a really good seventy minutes.
“When I heard about the 26-0 I couldn’t believe it. Coming in I do see a bit of improvement in terms of attitude but still a lot of work has to be done. It’s a mentality issue for a lot of people.”
To stay up to date with the team’s progress, you can follow them on Twitter, YouTube, and over on their official website.
Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow complete 10k race together
What an effort!
Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow completed the Leeds 10k over the weekend, with Sinfield pushing his former team-mate and friend in a specially-adapted wheelchair.
Burrow was tragically diagnosed with motor neurone disease back in 2019, and in the following years has managed to raise millions of pounds for charity.
The Rugby League legends joined their former team, Leeds Rhinos, to raise money for the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and the Rob Burrow Centre for MND appeal.
Sinfield said it was ‘brilliant’ to complete the course with his good friend when speaking to the media afterwards.
He told the BBC: “It’s been a while since we have been able to do some sort of running or activity.
“We have been waiting on this [wheelchair] to get delivered, it’s our first run with it today and we came 39th.
“Thankfully it stayed in one piece and hopefully he enjoyed it, I know I did.”
Sinfield added: “A lot of people were clapping, I think Rob has been such a huge inspiration to everybody that people have been really happy that we have been out on the course for it. It’s been a really nice day.”
Sinfield took charge of a team that ran seven marathons in seven days to raise more than £2.7m for motor neurone disease research back in 2020.
Championship footballer comes out and becomes only openly gay professional footballer in Britain
‘For a long time I’ve thought I would have to hide my truth because I wanted to be a professional footballer’
A Championship footballer has come out as gay, making him the first current professional footballer in Britain to do so.
Blackpool forward Jake Daniels, seventeen, said he has received ‘amazing support’ from his teammates after opening up about his sexuality.
In an interview with Sky Sports News today, Daniels said his original plan was to wait until he had retired before coming out, but says he felt ready to ‘be myself’ after ‘such a long time of lying’ about who he is.
He said: “But I just knew that was just such a long time of just lying and not being able to have what I want.
“For a long time I’ve thought I would have to hide my truth because I wanted to be, and now I am, a professional footballer. I asked myself if I should wait until I’ve retired to come out. No other player in the professional game here is out.
“However, I knew that would lead to a long time of lying and not being able to be myself or lead the life that I want to.
“Since I’ve come out to my family, my club and my teammates, that period of overthinking everything and the stress it created has gone. It was impacting my mental health.
“Now I am just confident and happy to be myself finally.”
Daniels said he knew he was gay at around the age of five or six, but admitted that he initially believed football and being gay didn’t mix.
He explained: “So all the way through my life I was like, ‘It’s fine, you’ll get a girlfriend when you’re older and you’ll change and it’ll be fine’.
“And as you do get older you realise you just can’t… and it’s just something you won’t be able to do.
“I’ve had girlfriends in the past to try and make all my mates think I’m straight, and it was just a massive cover-up. So it has been a struggle.”
And speaking of when he first told his teammates, Daniels said they were ‘kind of shocked in a way’ and asked why he didn’t tell them earlier.
He said: “The captain was one of the main people I told and he was just asking loads of questions about it and was like ‘I’m so proud of you’.”
He added: “Everyone has been so supportive and so proud of me and it just shows what a bond we have as a team and everyone is like a family to each other.”
Daniels is the first British male professional footballer to come out as gay since Justin Fashanu in 1990.
Former Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzelsperger also came out as gay after his retirement in 2013.
Manchester City confirm they’ve reached deal to sign Erling Haaland
City have confirmed they’ve reached a deal to sign striker Erling Haaland this summer
Manchester City have confirmed that they’ve reached a deal to sign striker Erling Haaland this summer.
Haaland will join City on a permanent deal from Borussia Dortmund on July 1st.
According to journalist Fabrizio Romano: “City will pay €60m [not €75m] release clause to BVB, plus commission to be added.
“His salary will be worth £375,000/week, same level as de Bruyne. Medical has been already completed.”
The club said in a statement: “Manchester City can confirm we have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of striker Erling Haaland to the Club on 1st July 2022.
“The transfer remains subject to the Club finalising terms with the player.”
Earlier today City boss Pep Guardiola refused to answer questions about Haaland at a press conference, saying: “Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City have told me I am not allowed to say anything until the deal is completely done.
“I cannot talk, I am sorry. We will have time to talk.”