When you think of football mascots, something cuddly and friendly usually springs to mind. Y’know, a fluffy bird, a teddy bear – a talisman to instil positivity in the thousands of fans braving the cold or an unfortunate scoreline.
What you don’t think of is this…
— Partick Thistle FC (@PartickThistle) June 22, 2015
That’s Scottish football club Partick Thistle who unveiled their new mascot on Twitter earlier today. It was designed by artist David Shrigley as part of a two-year sponsorship deal with Californian company Kingsford Capital Management. He’s known fondly as “Kingsley”.
The problem is, there’s not very much ‘fond’ about him – something that’s not gone unnoticed on Twitter:
Front page of Partick Thistle's website on day they unleash most terrifying mascot in history. They aren't kidding. pic.twitter.com/b2Z47iqVvY
— Andy Coyle (@anAndyCoyle) June 22, 2015
Partick Thistle unveil their terrifying new mascot…https://t.co/fwEnYodtLq
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 22, 2015
Fixed that Partick Thistle mascot for you pic.twitter.com/v34PN4uRF7
— Tom Chivers (@TomChivers) June 22, 2015
Many assumed Lisa Simpson had gone off the rails.
Photo emerges as it is announced that Lisa Simpson enters rehab for crack addiction. pic.twitter.com/lBhvbndNuV
— Helenope (@HelenMilburn) June 22, 2015
— Manolo (@xM20x) June 22, 2015
All shall tremble before angry monobrowed mutant Lisa Simpson. https://t.co/LsTPNENCMV
— ????It's The Most Warderful Time Of The Year???? (@td_ward) June 22, 2015
Want to feel old? This is what Lisa Simpson looks like now. https://t.co/Soxj3RRyM7
— Scott Reid (@ascottreid) June 22, 2015
Or she’d had a love child with Harry Potter’s nemesis or The Simpsons’ monobrowed baby.
It's like Voldemort and Lisa Simpson had a very angry baby pic.twitter.com/GrfqbjWO3g
— Felicity Morse (@FelicityMorse) June 22, 2015
— James Belias (@jamesbelias) June 22, 2015
No, this isn’t the Teletubbies: where are they now?
Just to make you feel old, here’s the wee kid from the Teletubbies today pic.twitter.com/1NOM0FZ9oM
— Iain Hepburn (@iainmhepburn) June 22, 2015
Spare a thought for poor Jaggy MacBee who, after four years service, has been shown the door…
When you realise you've been replaced by a weird nightmarish Lisa Simpson thing. RIP Jaggy MacBee. pic.twitter.com/nyK1tYreBH
— See Tickets (@seetickets) June 22, 2015
Jaggy MacBee is told the bad news.
"Listen Jaggy mate, things aren't really working out here are they?" pic.twitter.com/e5nkEur9Up
— Patrick McPartlin (@p_mcpartlin) June 22, 2015
… And all the kids who will be suffering nightmares this upcoming football season.
— Despicable D (@despicableHalzE) June 22, 2015
— Agent Johnny © (@Johnny_Scotland) June 22, 2015