Mascots in Football are seen as a symbol of good fortune, as well as a way of representing a group with a common public identity. From the days of old of John Bull, mascots have come as ‘lucky charms’ ranging in form from live animals, to costumed characters. Exeter City is no different in this global trend, and Sid Thomas noted that as early as 1910, the club had a large English sheepdog called Laddie, in line with most other prominent football clubs in the football league. The 1930’s saw the arrival of one of the clubs most famous talismans in the form of a seagull. Swooping into the park, ‘Dido’ is said to have sat on the crossbar for Exeter’s run to the sixth round of the FA Cup, although sadly he did not make an appearance as City crashed out to Sunderland. You see, mascots come in many forms, and it is rumoured that in the championship-winning season of 1989, a horseshoe was nailed over the door of the home dressing room, as City proceeded to go 31 home matches without defeat! More recently, Exeter has seen the likes of Alexander the Greek and Grecian the Lion. But in the light of this festive fixture, let us be reminded of the half-time turkey, dressed in opposition colours, that wandered the St. James’ pitch, only to be ‘shot’ with a blunderbuss. An Argyle fan complained of this prior to the Boxing Day clash between Exeter and Plymouth in 1992, and this particular bird was removed… Didn’t stop City winning the derby 2-0 though!
“Mascots,” The Grecian Archive, accessed April 30, 2017, http://grecianarchive.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/212.
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