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Easy: Mascot

Easy: Mascot

Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time. We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.

This episode is easy so we’re looking at common football words and phrases. Things you use and need to know to play the game.

Summary

Learn more football vocabulary with Premier Skills English. Each lesson in our Premier Vocabulary section looks at one football word or phrase. This lesson looks at the word mascot

You can find more lessons on the side of this page.

Transcript

Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to Premier Skills English - Premier Vocabulary.

Jack: Hi there! I’m Jack. We’re here to help you with your football English. Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time. 

Rich: We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.

Jack: This episode is easy so we’re looking at common football words and phrases; things you use and need to know to play the game.


Rich: The word we are looking at in this episode is mascot.

Jack: A mascot is an object that is used to represent a specific group and is thought to bring good luck.

Rich: Mascots are common in sports and most sports teams have official mascots.

Jack: A team mascot is usually connected to a team’s nickname, especially when a team’s nickname is an animal or something that can be given human-like characteristics.

Rich: A team usually has a costume made and someone is employed to wear the costume and cheer on the team from the side of the pitch. 

Jack: Mascots are popular with younger fans. All Premier League teams have a mascot. Pete the Eagle is Crystal Palace’s mascot.

Rich: Palace’s nickname is the Eagles so their mascot is someone dressed up as an Eagle.

Jack: Let’s set our listeners a challenge. We’re going to tell you five Premier League mascots and we want you to tell us the correct club in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website.

Rich: Here we go: Number one: Fred the Red, number two, Filber the Fox, number three Gunnersaurus Rex, number four Wolfie the Wolf and number five Captain Blade.


Jack: Mascots are not only used for individual teams but sporting events like the Olympics and the World Cup have their own mascot.

Rich: World Cup Willie was one of the first-ever mascots for a sporting event for the World Cup in England in 1966.

Jack: And every World Cup since has had a mascot - usually connected to the host country in some way. Spain had a little orange as their mascot and Russia had a wolf as their mascot.

Rich: I wonder if anyone can remember any other World Cup mascots.

Jack: There’s one other way we use the term mascot. At the beginning of a match, you will often see children on the pitch shaking hands with the players.

Rich: These children are also called mascots. Mascots are often chosen because the children are from local schools and have done something special.

Jack: Or some teams run competitions to be child mascots and at other clubs, you may be able to pay to be a child mascot.

Rich: A mascot - someone dressed up in a costume that cheers on the team or a child that walks out with the players at the beginning of a match.


Jack: There is the final whistle!

Rich: We’ll be back soon with more Premier Vocabulary from Premier Skills English.

Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football. 

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What's your team's mascot called?

Can you match the five mascots we mentioned in the podcast to their clubs?

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Michaelsun
21/02/2022
CN
738
points

Our team doesn’t have a mascot.


Michaelsun
21/02/2022 12:55
China
Manchester United
738

Our team doesn’t have a mascot.

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Gabriel Amaral
14/05/2021
BR
1512
points

My team's mascot is called "Toro Loko" ("Mad Bull").
Fred the Red: Man Utd
Filber the Fox: Leicester
Gunnersaurus Rex: Arsenal
Wolfie the Wolf: Wolverhampton
Captain Blade: Sheffield United


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Gabriel Amaral
14/05/2021 15:59
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

My team's mascot is called "Toro Loko" ("Mad Bull").
Fred the Red: Man Utd
Filber the Fox: Leicester
Gunnersaurus Rex: Arsenal
Wolfie the Wolf: Wolverhampton
Captain Blade: Sheffield United

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Alex_from_Ukraine
29/09/2020
UA
6220
points

Maybe the Bird Liver, I do not know, just guessed.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
29/09/2020 19:07
Ukraine
Liverpool
6220

Maybe the Bird Liver, I do not know, just guessed.

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Robert Tavares
07/08/2020
BR
399
points

Hi lads!

The clubs of the five mascots mentioned are:
1- Fred the Red: Manchester United
2- Filber the Fox: Leicester City
3- Gunnersaurus Rex: Arsenal
4- Wolfie the Wolf: Wolverhampton Wanderers
5- Captain Blade: Sheffield United.

I'm a Cruzeiro's fan and our mascot is a fox as Leicester Filbert. But the have three of them. We have the "Raposão", "Raposinho" and "Salomé". The last one in honor to a special fan who died recently.
Here the history: https://www.cruzeiro.com.br/pagina/show/18

By for now!


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Robert Tavares
07/08/2020 16:23
Brazil
Leeds United
399

Hi lads!

The clubs of the five mascots mentioned are:
1- Fred the Red: Manchester United
2- Filber the Fox: Leicester City
3- Gunnersaurus Rex: Arsenal
4- Wolfie the Wolf: Wolverhampton Wanderers
5- Captain Blade: Sheffield United.

I'm a Cruzeiro's fan and our mascot is a fox as Leicester Filbert. But the have three of them. We have the "Raposão", "Raposinho" and "Salomé". The last one in honor to a special fan who died recently.
Here the history: https://www.cruzeiro.com.br/pagina/show/18

By for now!

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mobeckham
05/08/2020
TR
6473
points

1. Fred the Red is the mascot of Manchester United.
2. Filbert the Fox is the mascot of Leicester City.
3. Gunnersaurus Rex is the mascot of Arsenal.
4. Wolfie the Wolf is the mascot of Wolverhampton.
5. Captain Blade is the mascot of Sheffield United.
Clues are the nicknames , animals and colours of the teams.


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mobeckham
05/08/2020 23:54
Turkey
Manchester United
6473

1. Fred the Red is the mascot of Manchester United.
2. Filbert the Fox is the mascot of Leicester City.
3. Gunnersaurus Rex is the mascot of Arsenal.
4. Wolfie the Wolf is the mascot of Wolverhampton.
5. Captain Blade is the mascot of Sheffield United.
Clues are the nicknames , animals and colours of the teams.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
29/09/2020
UA
6220
points

What is Liverpool's mascot, Muhammad?


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
29/09/2020 19:06
Ukraine
Liverpool
6220

What is Liverpool's mascot, Muhammad?

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
05/08/2020
TR
6473
points

Fred the Red is our beloved mascot <3


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mobeckham
05/08/2020 23:49
Turkey
Manchester United
6473

Fred the Red is our beloved mascot <3

pouyasharifi
03/08/2020
IR
13
points

Fred the Red: Manchester United
Filbert Fox: Leicester City
Gunnersaurus Rex: Arsenal
Wolfie the Wolf: Wolverhampton
Captain Blade: Sheffield United


pouyasharifi
03/08/2020 14:47
Iran
Tottenham Hotspur
13

Fred the Red: Manchester United
Filbert Fox: Leicester City
Gunnersaurus Rex: Arsenal
Wolfie the Wolf: Wolverhampton
Captain Blade: Sheffield United

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