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Memory Lane: Football Mascots

(By Steven Bloor/Guardian) Football players can be a superstitious bunch so it’s no surprise that many clubs employ mascots in an attempt to bring a bit of luck their way. The Guardian have raided the archives in order to take a look at some of the two- and four-legged varieties of mascots that have graced football stadiums across the country.

Stamford the Lion chats with a young Chelsea mascot

Stamford the Lion chats with a young Chelsea mascot whilst Tottenham’s Chirpy Cockerel (or should that be Menacing Cockerel) keeps an eye out Photograph: Andrew Cowie/Colorsport
During the 1972/73 season expanded their mascot roster and for some reason had a man dressed as an astronaut parade around White Hart Lane ahead of European matches
During the 1972/73 season, Tottenham expanded their mascot roster and for some reason had a man dressed as an astronaut parade around White Hart Lane ahead of European matches Photograph: Colorsport
Millwall captain, Len Graham, fails to conceal his amusement as he leads his team out at the Den and Zampa the Lion falls over.
Millwall captain, Len Graham, fails to conceal his amusement as he leads his team out at the Den and Zampa the Lion falls over Photograph: H. F. Davis/Getty Images
The Kettering mascot Cyril Wilson, who is dressed as Frier Tuck, gets sent off by referee Roy Sheppard for swearing at the Swansea goalkeeper Tony Millington in November 1969.
The Kettering mascot Cyril Wilson, who is dressed as Friar Tuck, gets sent off by referee Roy Sheppard for swearing at the Swansea goalkeeper Tony Millington in November 1969 Photograph: Ronald Spencer/Associated Newspapers/REX
The Wimbledon 'Womble' mascot (it looks like it might be Tomsk) waves to the fans ahead of Wimbledon's 1974/75 4th round FA Cup tie against Leeds at Elland Road
The Wimbledon ‘Womble’ mascot (it looks like it might be Tomsk) waves to the fans ahead of Wimbledon’s 1974/75 4th round FA Cup tie against Leeds at Elland Road Photograph: Colorsport
Norwich City mascot Captain Canary keeps an eye on Andy Townsend as the midfielder warms up at Highfield Road ahead of Norwich's game against Coventry City.
Norwich City mascot Captain Canary keeps an eye on Andy Townsend as the midfielder warms up at Highfield Road ahead of Norwich’s game against Coventry City Photograph: Colorsport/REX
The Portsmouth mascot, right, with Miss Pompey Fan Penelope Johns at the club's Fratton Park ground in January 1967.
The Portsmouth mascot, right, with Miss Pompey Fan, Penelope Johns, at the club’s Fratton Park ground in January 1967 Photograph: Barrette/Associated Newspapers/REX
The Leeds United mascot comes a cropper when he takes on Vinnie Jones in March 1990.
The Leeds United mascot comes a cropper when he takes on Vinnie Jones in March 1990 Photograph: John Varley/Offside
Blyth Spartans young mascot ahead of their FA Cup 1st Round replay at Stockport. It's no wonder he looks miserable having to wear that outfit.
Blyth Spartans’ young mascot ahead of their FA Cup 1st Round replay at Stockport. It’s no wonder he looks miserable having to wear that outfit Photograph: Colorsport/REX
A cockerel, the mascot of Tottenham Hotspur, struts  across the Villa Park centre circle ahead of their 1981/82 FA Cup semi-final against Leicester City. Spurs won the match 2-1.
A cockerel, the mascot of Tottenham Hotspur, struts across the Villa Park centre circle ahead of their 1981/82 FA Cup semi-final against Leicester City. Spurs won the match 2-1 Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images
England captain, and Wolverhampton player, Billy Wright holds Tiddles the cat. Tiddles is Brighton and Hove Albion's mascot and the England players were at their ground training ahead of their match against Italy.
England captain, and Wolverhampton player, Billy Wright holds Tiddles the cat. Tiddles was Brighton and Hove Albion’s mascot and the England players were at their ground training ahead of their match against Italy Photograph: PA Archive
Ada Harwick, as a Gainsborough Lady from Birmingham, and Harry Ansell, as a Millwall Lion, parade along the touch line
Ada Harwick, dressed as a Gainsborough Lady from Birmingham, and Harry Ansell, dressed as Zampa the Lion, parade along the touch line at The Den before the 1956/57 FA Cup Fifth Round tie between Millwall and Birmingham City Photograph: PA Archive
Amos the donkey, Barnsley Football Club's official mascot is pictured with his jockey outside the team's headquarters at The Clarence Hotel in Barnsley prior to their appearance in the 1910 FA Cup Final against Newcastle United. The game finished 1-1 but Newcastle triumphed 2-0 in the replay at Goodison Park.
Amos the donkey, Barnsley Football Club’s official mascot is pictured with his jockey outside the team’s headquarters at The Clarence Hotel in Barnsley prior to their appearance in the 1910 FA Cup Final against Newcastle United. The game finished 1-1 but Newcastle triumphed 2-0 in the replay at Goodison Park Photograph: Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images
Mascot Miss Waters leads out the Swansea City team before an FA Cup sixth round match against Arsenal at the Vetch Field, Swansea in March 1926. Waters' pennant reads: 'Play Up The Swans'.
Mascot Miss Waters leads out the Swansea City team before an FA Cup sixth round match against Arsenal at the Vetch Field, Swansea in March 1926. Waters’ pennant reads: ‘Play Up The Swans’ Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images
Peterborough United's mascot Dusty Hall, paints his hat with the slogan 'Up The Posh', in preparation for his team's fourth round cup tie against Sheffield United in January 1960.
Peterborough United’s mascot Dusty Hall, paints his hat with the slogan ‘Up The Posh’, in preparation for his team’s fourth round cup tie against Sheffield United in January 1960 Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images
Hereford United Chairman Peter Hill cleans up after the team mascot, a large Herefordshire bull, before the Hereford United v Arsenal FA Cup 3rd Round match played at Edgar Street, Hereford in January 1985. The match was drawn 1-1 but Arsenal trounced Hereford 7-2 in the replay.
Hereford United Chairman Peter Hill cleans up after the team mascot, a large Herefordshire bull, before the Hereford United v Arsenal FA Cup 3rd Round match played at Edgar Street, Hereford in January 1985. The match was drawn 1-1 but Arsenal trounced Hereford 7-2 in the replay Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images.

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