Thursday 27 October 2016

Architect building second career as 'scary' football mascot Kingsley

Published 01/09/2016 | 13:06

Craig Dunstable is to step into the outfit of spiky yellow character Kingsley (PA/Partick Thistle)
Craig Dunstable is to step into the outfit of spiky yellow character Kingsley (PA/Partick Thistle)

Football club chiefs have found a fan to step into the shoes of a "scary" mascot who caused a global stir when he was introduced last year.

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Spiky yellow character Kingsley, mascot of Ladbrokes Premiership outfit Partick Thistle, grabbed headlines across the world on his unveiling in June 2015.

As the football transfer window closed on Thursday, o fficials of the Glasgow club announced they had appointed a "new Kingsley" following a job application process which launched in July.

Craig Dunstable, 38, a lifelong Jags fan from Maryhill, has been selected to step into the suit of the "mono-browed beacon of sunshine", who was designed by 2013 Turner Prize nominee David Shrigley.

The father-of-four and full-time architect will begin his mascot duties on Saturday when Partick take on St Johnstone at Firhill Stadium.

Mr Dunstable said: "I am absolutely blown away that I will now be donning the Kingsley suit during matches at Firhill.

"I've had a lifelong love of Thistle thanks to my late grandfather, Bill.

"As a boy, on Saturday afternoons while my mum and dad were at work, I'd go to the games with my grampa.

"We'd take a game in every week come rain or shine. It was from this point that I fell in love with the team and always wanted to be involved in some way.

"I didn't expect that I would one day be representing the club as the famous Kingsley and it's a role I'm ready and proud to take on."

The job advertisement said employee benefits of the role included receiving a 2016/17 club season ticket, opportunities to travel the country and meeting celebrities like David Hasselhoff and Rachel Riley.

Ian Maxwell, Partick Thistle managing director, said: " Craig had that extra edge to him and he stood out from an early stage - I can't wait to see him on Saturday at the game.

"He has bags of enthusiasm and, as a lifelong Jags fan, knows the importance of becoming the face of the club and ensuring an electric atmosphere at every game."

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