We will see this feature through to Christmas, we will, and at the moment we’re stumbling onwards to that date like an American Wrestler hamming up their stagger towards their tag-team partner. This week we’ve moved away from the world of attractive female celebrities back to one of Rovers’ other key support demographics. Yep, we’re back in the world of fictional characters for our latest red and white hoop wearing celeb, it’s Globie the Harlem Globetrotters mascot.
As well as being associated with the most successful and entertaining sports team on the planet Globie also works for the Globetrotters as matchday mascot. And though charged with whipping up the basketball crowds into a frenzy Globie always ensures that he wears his Rovers colours as he does so. Though some folks on the other side of the pond may suggest that this is in fact an homage to the American flag, they also call football soccer, and clean sheets ‘shutouts’ so what do they know.
Globie though is Rovers through and through and is a regular attendee at the Keepmoat Stadium whenever work brings him to Europe. Incredibly though, despite having a Globe for a head, he has somehow remained inconspicuous on his visits, although this is thought to be down to the fact that his visits corresponded with Jason Price’s injuries and so he was often obscured behind the Afro Goal Machine’s hair.
Globie always aspired to be a mascot after watching Andy Liney’s efforts as Donny Dog during the pre-season Gateshead tournament in the Conference years. The image of Donny Dog launching himself into the long jump pit at the Gateshead Arena inspires Globie in all that he does. According to the Globetrotter’s official website “Globie, loves making people smile. Dancing, cheering, meeting fans and giving high-fives, Globie is a symbol of worldwide goodwill and family fun.” But to you and me he’ll always be that American Rovers fan, you know, the one with a Globe for a head.
Thanks to Rosso Exile for reminding us of Globie’s support