Today we kick off our English Mascot Monday series where we will introduce to you mascots from as many English Soccer clubs as we can find in an effort to raise awareness for all of the leagues in England because after Leicester’s rise… you never know. Thats the brilliance of the relegation and promotion tradition.
Without out any further ado ladies and gentleman, let me introduce to you:
Team: Scunthorpe United FC (Founded in 1899)
Town: Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England
Home: Glanford Park (Capacity: 9,088)
League: English League 1
Current Position: 7th place
Key Features: Psycho Bunny Eyes, In-Grown Whiskers, Sometimes has human hands.
Dice and Hoff are familiar with my fascination with Scunthorpe United F.C. Their name struck me while perusing the league table and I have been watching their replays ever since. One day I stumbled on a clip of this Bath-Salt-Crazed Bunny and I just never looked back.
Scunthorpe is located about 120 miles east of Liverpool. Predominantly an industrial town (hence the Rainham Steel sponsorship) and the fans are scrappy and hilarious. With a population of just over 72,000 people, their ground Glanford Park holds just over 9,000 (12.5% of population).
One thing about Glanford Park, if you do something foolish on that pitch the fans will let you know. It’s not like MLS where the fans ignore the sporadic moments of poor quality; like when you’re grandparent farts and you just keep your eye on the TV straight faced. What fart? I didn’t hear anything.
A Scunthorpe player kicks the ball out of the stadium and the fans cheer it as it leaves the building.
As for the play of the team. I love them! I witnessed a player head a ball while on his hands in knees after getting stomped on. Watch some of their replays and you will see they can score some quality goals in the blink of an eye.
I like to imagine that the people of Scunthorpe,Lincolnshire,England are like Pittsburgh hardness meets Boston sarcasm.
Anyways, the children in town love Scunny the Bunny and I just wish my hometown of Stoneham, Massachusetts had a soccer club with a mascot like Scunny.
If I don’t get to go to a match at Glanford Park, all expenses paid for HotFooty within 5 years, I am a failure!
Congrats to Scunthorpe on their 1-0 victory over Port Vale last weekend!
Players to watch:
Striker Paddy Madden – Irish National with a nose for the goal and has legit acrobatic abilities.
2nd Goal Keeper: Joe Anyon – He will come out of goal, steal your girl and mess you up!
Watch this clip and tell me you are not instantly intrigued by this club and its fans.
This post is brought to you by The Relegation Station Segment of The HotFooty Podcast…get to know all the teams in England, because they are people to.
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