SPARE A THOUGHT FOR ROARY
Quite a lot has been said on this site regarding Hull City football club,its owners and players, but little has been said about 'Roary the Tiger' the popular and much loved Mascot of our Club.....it is time to set the record straight.
He became the club's mascot at the start of the 1999/2000 season, and was soon after given the name 'Roary' through a competition run in the matchday programme.
Over the years, he has represented the Club on numerous occasions, by visiting many schools and hospitals accommpanied by team players and taken part in 'Fun Runs'to raise funs for local charities.
He recently took part in the'Mascots Olympics'held in Milton Keynes and won a number of gold medals including..'Funniest Mascot' and 'Most Entertaining Mascot' and a silver medal for the long jump event.
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Surprisingly, Roary The Tiger hit the headlines in 1999 when he was sent off during an FA Cup 1st Round match at Hayes for causing trouble on the touchline. A misdemeanour... yes.....but nothing compared to the antics and behaviour of other club mascots around the country.
Take for instance. the unbelievable records of other mascots as follows:-
Kingsley, a 7-foot-tall lion, is the official mascot of Reading Football Club.
In 2007 Kingsley was shown a red card by the referee for standing too close to the pitch and for confusing him with other Reading players (Kingsley was wearing a Reading Strip).
Reading supporters were not happy at the sending off and stated we don't think he should have got sent off, he should have ,maybe been given a yellow card. You can't get confused,after all he has a huge furry head, which I don't think any of the players have.
Another supporter said he believed Kingsley should be let back out into the wild, its not healthy for a lion to stand on his back legs while being forced to watch Reading try to play football.
Cyril the Swan (Swansea Town's Mascot) -9ft Tall.
Cyril was voted Best Mascot by readers of the BBC's Match of the Day magazine.yet his antics have got him into trouble with the police on several occasions (mainly for fighting with other mascots and stewards), and he has been accused of bringing the game into disrepute.
Highlights of his troublesome antics include removing the head of Millwall mascot Zampa the Lion, and drop-kicking it along the ground.
He is charged with bringing the game into disrepute after celebrating a home goal by dancing on the pitch
He was reported by a referee during Swansea's 3-0 FA Cup win over Millwall. As well as dancing with delight, Cyril flung his wings around scorer Martin Thomas.
The Police also investigated Cyril the Swan over an alleged assault at the Mascot Grand National.
A woman who was dressed as a dog has complained she was pushed over before the race, injuring her wrist.
Cyril had a history of controversy. In 1999 he was fined £1,000 for dashing on to the pitch and grabbing the ref during another Millwall game.
He also landed in trouble for barging over Norwich City coach Bryan Hamilton - and hurling a pork pie on to the pitch during an FA cup tie with West Ham.
Oldham mascot Chaddy the Owl also had his feathers plucked by police after getting into a scrap with a rival during a match.
Chaddy appeared to launch an unprovoked attack on Blackpool's Bloomfield Bear, pulling off his boots and hurling them into the crowd.
The incident left spectators both shocked and amused, while Blackpool officials wanted the mascot banned from Bloomfield Road.
A Blackpool press officer said they were play-fighting to start with, when Chaddy suddenly steamed in and seemed to be kicking lumps out of Bloomfield Bear."
Robbie the Bobby of Bury FC,(who takes his name originally from Sir Robert Peel, famous for founding the modern police force!) is perhaps the biggest scrapper of them all.
His reign of terror peaked at the start of the 2001/2002 season. First was the visit of Stoke City, during the game, he strode round to the away supporters' end and incited the travelling Stoke fans by dropping his trousers and giving them a front on full moon,hardly the behaviour of someone wearing police uniform
Then,when Bury hosted Peterborough United, Robbie was involved in his first proper fight,exchanging blows with the fiercesome rabbit Peter-Burrow, but Robbie the Bobby came out top after pulling the poor rabbit's ears clean off.
Furthermore, in a second fight of sheer brutality, Robbie took on Cardiff City's notorious Bartley the Bluebird, banned for illegally pecking and flapping at his opponents. As if he had anything to prove, Robbie simply destroyed Bartley and actually removed his head at the end of the fight.
Also to be found on the list of disgraced mascots are Wolfie, from Wolverhampton Wanderers and H'Angus the Monkey from Hartlepool United.
Wolfie had a disagreement with three little pigs by throwing punches at them - even though they were not even linked with the club's opponents, Bristol City, but a local double-glazing firm.
H'Angus's the Monkey previous convictions includes cavorting with a blow-up doll during an away match at Blackpool.
THE Football League has since drawn up a code of conduct to curb the antics of these naughty mascots.
So,they you have it....Roary the Tiger has never lowered himself to the poor standards of behaviour of those named above,but he certainly is no pussycat if rubbed up the wrong way.
Since 1999, he has proved to be a purr-fect ambassador for the club and City and it is hoped that he continues to serve the club for many years to come.