Of all the absurd mascots that populate English soccer, perhaps the strangest is the Southend United character, Sammy the Shrimp.
Most mascot creatures – birds, lions, bears, say – have the advantage that they can be plausibly impersonated by a human being, having just the four limbs and a recognisable head.
Trying to turn a human being via a funny suit into a crustacean has left the Southend team with a mascot that looks like nothing in particular except for a passing resemblance to a grand wizard of the Ku-Klux-Klan. Still Southend and its fans – or The Shrimpers as they are sometimes known – are proud of their maritime heritage and Sammy has been with the club for decades, though he apparently went missing for a time in the mid-1990s.
Perhaps because of his slightly forbidding appearance, Sammy has now been joined by a new mascot, Elvis J Eel, another selection from the 1981 Division Four Champions' seafood platter.Reuse content