Mascot Filbert Fox blames creative differences for split with Leicester City
Thursday 08 Apr 2010 14:05:00
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VETERAN MASCOT Filbert Fox has broken his silence about his split from Leicester City, blaming creative differences between him and the club’s staff for his departure.

After 15 years with City the talented mascot plans to embark on a solo career, which will free him up for artistically satisfying engagements such as school summer fetes and Comic Relief photo opportunities.

“By the end we were coming at mascotting from different worlds,” said Filbert. “I wanted to push it in new and exciting directions having spent a lot of time in India over the summer studying Eastern mascot philosophy and its application on the kabaddi pitch.

“To come back to the Walkers Stadium and be reduced to another season of waving, double thumbs ups and the odd scuffed penalty was gutting.”

Filbert claimed there was no resentment between him and the club. In a statement to fans he said: “The club may no longer have its original line-up but this doesn’t mean it’s going to split up completely. Leicester City are not just about Filbert Fox.”

The mascot plans to take some time out before beginning the next chapter in his career, amid growing rumours that he will join a supergroup with Preston’s Deepdale Duck, Oxford City’s Otter and Torquay Talkie, who famously dresses as talkie film star Al Jolson.

Meanwhile Leicester City have set up a helpline for young supporters upset about Filbert’s defection from the club.

Last night a group of hardcore fans held a candlelight vigil outside the ground and replicated some of the mascot’s most memorable moments including ‘extravagant running celebration after last minute equaliser against Peterborough’ and ‘playful fist shake towards rival Derby mascot’.

Leicester have said they are in no rush to replace Filbert, although bookies are not ruling out a surprise return for the club’s original mascot Crispin Crisp.


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