Charlie Webster column: Robbie Williams & Mystery Fish – the world of mascots

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Charlie Webster is a broadcaster and writer, as well as a keen Ironman and triathlon competitor. You can hear her chatting about the EFL with Adrian Chiles on BBC Radio 5 Live on Chiles on Friday from 10:00 BST.”There were 40 of us football mascots playing knock-a-door-run on Robbie Williams.” Fred the Red Devil was Manchester United’s mascot in the early 2000s and when he was telling me that story, I thought ‘this has got to be the first topic of my new column’. Let’s start with something fun – mascots!More on Robbie Williams in a moment, but first, Nick Miller, who has written a book about mascots which is appropriately out on Halloween.He’s quite a discouraged Nottingham Forest fan and podcaster, even though his team are eighth and only four points off top-of-the-table West Brom in the Championship.Maybe he is discouraged because their mascot is, in his words, “very tedious, it’s just a bloke in a Robin Hood suit”. Yes, that’s pretty much what a mascot is, Nick.Do animals make the best mascots?

American football still has live animals as mascots – Swagger the bullmastiff recently retired as the mascot for the Cleveland BrownsThrough the years live animals have been used as mascots – nothing as exciting as a lion or a tiger but a goat, a sheep and, of course, man’s best friend, a dog.American football still does this. Up until last week the Clevel

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