Ay carumba! Partick Thistle today unveiled its new mascot. Its principal claim to fame is that it was designed by Turner-prize nominated artist David Shrigley.
Shrigley is a Jags man from way back, and he helped introduce a new sponsor to the club, Kingsford Capital Management. The new mascot – called “Kingsley” – is part of the deal. So, much like Partick Thistle’s last mascot, it’s all about the money.
Ah yes, Jaggy MacBee. Dumped, a bit like Nutmeg.
Jaggy MacBee became Partick Thistle’s mascot at the beginning of the 2011/12 season after the club stitched up a sponsorship deal with drinks company MacB. According to the internet, Jaggy MacBee was particularly fond of high fives, fist bumps, and Jaggy hugs.
Kingsley has already taken over the Partick Thistle club mascot Twitter account. (There is a new generation of kids that can’t imagine a world where the club mascot doesn’t have its own Twitter account.)
But let’s shed no tears for Jaggy MacBee, he was just a corporate shill who replaced Pee Tee.
Pee Tee was a toucan, famous for posing with Page 3 girlies from The Sun.
Before Pee Tee there were, as Miles McClagan might put it, a steady succession of weans as mascots. Running out onto the muddy pitch with their heroes, name plucked out of a hat – or perhaps a friend of the chairman. Who knew, and who cared, eh?
A kid for a mascot. An Admiral kit. Five-digit phone numbers. All things that are never coming back. Meanwhile in the present we’re lumbered with bloody mascots stuffed with semi-employed drama graduates who probably have to bloody well audition to get the bloody role. AUDITION TO BE A MASCOT AND BLUNDER ABOUT INSIDE A FACKIN’ SUIT.
In the 1980s, Partick Thistle ran an adoption programme:
Anyway, folks will someday reminisce about Kingsley and his hollow unseeing eyes. “Remember his three teeth?” they’ll say. “Remember how he looked a bit like Lisa Simpson?” To which the young folks will respond, “Who the hell was Lisa Simpson?”