Mascots are a huge part of American sports, and when it comes to choosing the best mascot moments, the majority of the teams’ mascots listed are generally from American sports teams. This culture of mascots is an important part of the show in all American sports, and are a huge part of the affiliation of the team. They help to promote the sports teams, but in England, mascots aren’t deemed to be as important. While there are a number of football teams in England who do have mascots that visit schools and support the team from the side-lines, generally the mascots are almost ignored, with teams being recognised by the colour of their shirts and the badges rather than by their mascots. Here, we’re discussing the different mascots that you can find in English football and what impact they have on the game, as well as why they’re not as big as in America.
One of the biggest traditions in football is where the children walk out with the players, rather than a big cuddly teddy bear on the side-line. This has not always been the case, and one of the earliest occasions where children mascots were use was in the 1999 FA Cup final where two boys walked out with Manchester United and Newcastle, but it wasn’t until around the time of the 2000 European Championships where a full squad of children walked out with the team. One of the reasons why children as mascots may have come about was through FIFA’s partnership with UNICEF and the ‘Say Yes For Children’ campaign. This campaign was created to try and improve and protect the lives of children, while showing football making a difference for them. The children mascots could ultimately have been a visible way to promote the campaign. Now, a squadron of children are paraded onto the pitch for every top men’s European league match, Champions league match and senior level international match, and it appears that this tradition has continued, rather than using the more Americanised style of cuddly mascots that can be found in a huge range of sports.
The Mascots In Football
If you look hard enough, you may find a number of mascots in lower league football, but some of these have been dubbed as scary. However, it isn’t just lower league clubs that do have mascots, with the Gunnersaurus Rex for Arsenal who has had a reputable success at the club. Gunnersaurus is a dinosaur mascot who has been around since 1994, and regularly been driven around in open top cars and shaking John Terry’s hand pre-match. There are a number of Premier League clubs that do have mascots, and these are generally found in the news for winding up the managers of opposition teams. However, the mascots don’t seem to have as much of an influence as many American Football, baseball and basketball mascots. This may be down to many of the American teams having nicknames, making the process of their creation even easier.