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Watch: Mascot takes a tumble in hilarious moment at Sixfields Stadium

On Saturday, 23 March, Northampton Town played Derby County at Sixfields Stadium in a crunch match in League One. The home side recorded an unlikely victory thanks to a first half strike from Sam Hoskins but the main man on the day was none other than Clarence the Dragon.

Clarence the Dragon, Northampton mascot
Clarence the Dragon, Northampton mascot – Photo by Northampton Town

Clarence is Northampton Town's mascot and he caused quite a stir on Saturday afternoon when he turned comedian for a couple of minutes.

Towards the end of the first half, Derby County won a corner and the ball made its way over to Clarence who was stood on the sidelines. The mascot picked up the ball and threw it away from Derby man, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, who was in a rush to take the set piece.

In reaction to the incident, Mendez-Laing threw his arms out to remonstrate with the dragon, causing the dragon to fall down in a heap in a moment that the crowd and everyone on social media found hilarious. Clarence proceeded to roll around on the floor before getting up and walking away with a limp.

Tim Sherwood, who was covering the match for Sky Sports, found the incident particularly amusing, telling the mascot to “take a bow” in response to his antics.

Mascot mischief: Fans react

The clip has gone down well on social media platform, X, with several fans lapping up the playfulness of the mascot. One fan posted “This Genuinely might be the best thing I've ever seen on Sky Sports News” while another said “Clarence is a legend.”

A third fan added “Now we know what Bruno Fernandes does on his days off” while a Derby County fan admitted that the mascot had him “rattled” with his antics on the day.

Some fans didn't necessarily see the funny side. One person said: “What on earth is that Northampton mascot doing? Can't be allowed that, surely” in reference to the dragon following up his dive by taunting Mendez-Laing as he prepared to take the corner.


Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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