Possum hops off his cherry picker
Friday night’s match against Canterbury was the last for a Waikato favourite and his trusty chainsaw.
Warren ‘Possum’ Allen announced last week he would hang up his chainsaw after 20 years of standing in the cherry picker which looks over the stadium.
He used the chain break to make different tones with his chainsaw and played along to the Mooloo song when the team ran out.
His duties also included turning up three hours before kickoff, setting up the cherry picker, throwing out lollies to the young fans, walking around the stadium and introducing himself to the patrons, interacting with the crowd and revving the chainsaw when the opposition kicked for goal and when the home team scored a try.
‘‘I love the atmosphere at the games and as a born and bred Hamiltonian I love the passion we have for our rugby,’’ Mr Allen said.
‘‘I’m honoured to be a part of our team. I’m sad I will be leaving my post. It was a struggle to say that I was retiring but I’m now moving into a new era where I will be in the stadium with my family and the Waikato rugby family.
‘‘You never know I might have a few lollies on me.’’
After 20 years of dedication the Chiefs and Waikato, the Waikato Rugby Union and the Chiefs gave Allen a three-year family membership for him to share with his three daughters and two grandchildren.
‘‘My oldest grandson knows I’m well-known. He came home from school and said his teacher said I was famous which was pretty cool,’’ he said.
The name Possum came from his time as a qualified line mechanic building powerlines. After colouring his hair orange and black and styling it into a Mohawk his workmates told him he looked like a possum up a pole.
FAREWELL: Warren ‘Possum’ Allen has been a fixture at Waikato Stadium for two decades.