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What next for Town’s mascot Freddy as pensioner Peter calls it a day

Peter Chafer, the outgoing Freddy Fox, with wife Denise Chafer.

Peter Chafer, the outgoing Freddy Fox, with wife Denise Chafer.

The man behind the mask of Freddy the Fox - the oldest mascot in Town - is standing down, aged 72.

Present Freddy - Peter Chafer, of Bradshaw, Halifax, is hanging up the fox costume after three-years of ‘jeering-up’ FC Halifax Town fans, ahead of a home game.

The oldest mascot in English football said: “My time as the Halifax mascot has been brilliant. But at the prime age of 72, I think it’s about time I stepped down as I can no longer give the job what it needs.”

Mr Chafer’s wife Denise nominated him for the job, aged 69.

“My most favourable memory is when I fell over the ‘keep off the grass’ sign - landing on the grass which I’d been told not to step foot on,” said Peter.

The Halifax supporter since 1953 will continue to go to the Shay, as a fan.

Freddy on Freddy: mascot credentials:

“You have to be a Town fan - that’s the main thing,” said Peter.

“Secondly, you have to give up your time on match days - there are other events like birthdays and weddings you may have to attend.”

“The ideal candidate will live locally and shine out, like I did when I applied! Anyone of any size or age can apply for the job - the costume should fit all.”

“It’s a warm job - you don’t get cold, I can assure you of that.”

Anyone interested in becoming the next Freddy contact Peter Chafer on 07747518390.

 

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