This weeks English Mascot Monday has everything you want; vulnerability, moxie, fortitude and team spirit.  Last week HotFooty introduced you to Lynden Gooch. A potential USMNT contributor who is currently playing for Sunderland. He has honed his skills while play in English League 2 for Doncaster Rovers. My first instinct was to find out who the mascot of Doncaster F.C. was. What I discovered was the shocking and heroic tale of…

Donny Dog

Team: Doncaster F.C. (Est: 1879)
Town: Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England
Home: Keepmoat Stadium (Capacity: 15,231)
League: English League 2
Current Position: 1st Place (As of 1/15/17)
Key Features: Soft Snuggly Ears, Sad Eyes, Teddy-Bear-Like Snout and Just the cutest Smooshy-Wooshy Face

Donny Dog may be my new favorite mascot. Which makes me feel like a real two-timer because  I have always been partial to Ozzie the Owl of Sheffield Wednesday. Many of you know Ozzie for his unpredictable nature, adorable mug and for being my bro on twitter.

*But there is something about Donny Dog that is so huggable. When I went to Disney as a child and saw Winnie-the-Pooh…I lost it. I hugged the ever-loving shit out of Winnie-the-Pooh. Donny has that certain vulnerability you know? I couldn’t quite put my finger on it but, I find a certain chemistry with this guy.

I needed to find out more about his story. So, I googled Doncaster Rovers’ mascot and what I found out was shocking.

* My right hand to god, I felt this way about Donny before I found this out.


I need an ice water. Someone open a window! Good lawd!

I feel like that guy in Billy Idol’s “Rock the Cradle of Love Video” when that girl just walks in and starts stripping on his bed while drinking red wine.
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Newsflash, I am a man. Ozzie the Owl your my bro but, could you please show your self out and I will have to call you later.

HotFooty has not gone under the mask since Deepdale Duck of Preston North End. This is much more pleasant than finding a chubby Englishman who is related to presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

So, it turns out Tracy Chandler was fired as Donny Dog after shooting, what was considered, a shameful spread of pictures with her mascot costume.

The mascot game is a hustle. It’s war. You got guys like Cyril the Swan throwing punches. Sammy the Shrimp getting attention for being ugly as sin.

If you’re a mascot in English League 2 and you want to throw down the gauntlet to the entire English Football League your going to need to fight dirty.

Hit them where it hurts Tracy!

Turns out Tracy eventually stepped down as Donny Dog but, her legacy is embeded deep in the fibers of that mutt’s pelt

I knew I loved this Dog.

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