Oldest mascot in football to retire - could you do the job?

Freddy the Fox
Freddy the Fox

A new era beckons for FC Halifax Town as the man behind the club’s mascot, Freddy the Fox, is planning to step down.

Present ‘Freddy’ Peter Chafer, 72, will hand over the costume to a willing Shayman within the coming weeks, ahead of his retirement.

Mr Chafer is the oldest mascot in English football.

“My time as Halifax mascot has been brilliant but it is getting a little too much for me now, I’m afraid.

“It needs someone who can conduct the fans and someone who can jump up in the air when we score goals,” said Mr Chafer.

What’s the job credentials?

“First of all you have to be a Town fan.

“Secondly, you have to give up your time on match days. There are other things like birthday parties and even weddings. The ideal candidate will live locally,” said the current Freddy the Fox.

He said: The right applicant will shine out, like I did when I applied for it.”

Peter became Freddy the Fox three-years-ago, aged 69, when his wife nominated him for the role.