Chirpy the mascot showed the opposition a clean pair of claws last week at the Oval in the first ever ‘London Mascot Derby.’
The lovable cockerel and his mascot pals from North London saw off the challenge of a team from south of the river in a relay-style race at the famous cricket ground during last week’s Friends Life t20 clash between Surrey and Middlesex.
With the South being led by Surrey CCC’s popular Caesar the Lion,and the North being captained by Middlesex CCC’s Pinky the Panther, the cricketing critters took a wide range of mascot talent onto the field with them.
There were also representatives from the Barclays Premier League, npower Championship and rugby’s Aviva Premiership to decide which of the speediest mascots would top the pecking order!
North London got off to a good start but were controversially pegged back by quick legs from Millwall’s Zampa the Lion and Charley the Bear from Harlequins, both of whom may not have been wearing authorised footwear!
However, after a strategic barricade was formed by North London to prevent South from crossing the line, the race was eventually awarded to the away team by on-pitch commentator Johnny Barran from BBC London.
The winning team got to celebrate their victory by performing a team dance-off to 90s classic ‘King of the Beats’ by Mantronix. Chirpy delighted the crowd by showing off his superb ‘running man’ dance moves, while Sting from Wasps did an excellent ‘funky worm’.
The crowd of over 13,000 gave all mascots a rousing reception and everyone looks forward to doing it all again next year.