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

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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.

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