Mascot of the Month: it’s Forfar’s lucky pasty
How do you revive a club’s fortunes? By dressing up as a pasty, it seems
When Forfar Athletic sank into Scotland’s fourth tier this year, they found a novel ingredient to help stop the rot: pastry. The Angus club won only four league games in the last seven months of 2015-16, but began this season with seven straight victories thanks to their new – and evidently very lucky – mascot.
“After relegation, we needed to get a buzz going again,” says Louise Taylor, one of three female fans who invented Baxter the Bridie.
‘What on Earth is a bridie?’ we hear you ask. It is Forfar’s version of a Cornish pasty, and the new mascot was financed thanks to sponsorship from two rival bakers (who must have some very good, ahem, turnovers). The big flaky fella gained immediate cult status as Forfar stormed to the top of the table, and buoyant fans have been offered the chance to don the suit at matches. “That always brings some more people in,” says Taylor, who’s among those to have been Baxter for the day. The mascot has even become a friend to the stars: locals have been busy sewing mini-baxters, which have been snapped with Kenny Dalglish and golf star Phil Mickelson. Phil’s either a secret Forfar supporter or a big pastry fan. It’s probably the latter.