Cheerleaders have drawn fans to stadiums in basketball, american football and recently cricket . But they have never really represented the team as well as club mascots had. Mascots represent the club and are an integral part of the fan base. There are traditions behind these mascots and they have cheered the players from many years. Here’s a look at mascots of different teams.
1) Fred The Red: Manchester United :
Voted as the best mascot of a football club for five successive years, Fred has won many hearts across Manchester. He dances before games, shakes hands with the players. Club mascot since 1994, Fred the Red is the sixth Manchester United mascot in the club’s history. David Beckham, on returning to Old Trafford called Fred his ” Long Lost Friend”.
2) Moonchester and Moonbeam : Manchester City :
Moonchester and Moonbeam are aliens from the ” Blue Moon”. Moonchester and Moonbeam are a couple, Moonchester being male and Moonbeam female. They do make a cute couple.
3) Gunnersaurus : Arsenal
Gunnersaurus is a T-Rex and made his debut way back in 1993 against Coventry City. Gunnersaurus is green in colour, wears a cap and an Arsenal scarf. He has had the honour of lifting the Barclays Premier League in the 2004 season and has made many public appearances.
4) Stamford Lion : Chelsea :
Stamford Lion is the official club mascot of Chelsea. Named after Chelsea’s stadium, Stamford Bridge, the lion has been a cult figure at the club. He has trained with the likes of Frank Lampard and is very jovial.
5)Little Liverbird: Liverpool FC
Initially made as a toy, the Little Liverbird became Liverpool’s official mascot later on. It is an adaptation of the Liverbird on the club’s symbol. The liverbird is a phoenix and does not make public appearances as the club prefers children dressed in Liverpool jerseys as their mascots.
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