Mascots, love them or hate them, they’re seemingly a necessity for football clubs the country over.
Whether it’s Arsenal’s Gunnersaurus, Yeovil Town’s Jolly Green Giant or Newport County’s Spitty the Dog, players are never too far from a man or woman in a hilarious costume. It’s a staple of football culture.
However, Derby County took this to a new level when, unbelievably, their fish mascot ate a goalkeeping coach in a hilarious halftime performance. Yes, you did read that right.
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Nigel Pearson has endured a nightmare spell as manager at the iPro Stadium. In just a matter of months, Derby have fallen from play-off regulars to a team flirting with the foot of the table.
Such catastrophic form was compounded at the weekend as the Rams lost at home to fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers. Considering their opponents had only won one game going into the fixture, defeat proved a bitter pill to swallow.
The manner of the loss made it all the more painful. Matej Vydra seemed to have set Derby on the path to victory with a 69th minute strike, but Blackburn equalised less than a minute later via Marvin Emnes.
Three minutes after that and Derby’s jaw-dropping collapse was complete as Danny Graham’s strike turned the game on its head. There were no further goals and the Rams sunk to a new low of 22nd place.
However, aside from all the misery on the pitch, Derby fans at least had one thing to smile about. The brilliant antics of their fish mascot has gone viral and caused prominent entertainment.
Upon a goalkeeping coach kicking a ball against the mascot, Mackerel Jordan proceeds to grapple with him and swallow the man in a perfectly choreographed show.
It didn’t end there though as the mascot proceeded to spit out the coach’s clothing and eventually regurgitate the man, now simply in a comedic pair of briefs. The hilarious incident can be seen below:
As far as halftime shows go, this is hard to beat. It’s certainly set the bar for mascots and shamed those who simply dish out high-fives to supporters.
For Derby County though, it simply proves an anomalous piece of positive publicity amid a horrendous start to the season. Now sitting in the relegation and with Pearson’s head on the chopping block, it’s a full-blown crisis at the iPro.
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