8
May

Millwall survive relegation thanks to lucky goldfish

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Millwall fans invade the pitch after the Lions avoided relegation. (Getty)

It was early April, and Millwall needed a string of good results through the end of the season to survive the drop down to League One. The outlook for the Lions was bleak.

But their fortunes changed when life-long supporter Tommy Pratt bought what is now known as the lucky goldfish. Pratt is friends with Millwall players Alan Dunne and David Forde, and started jokingly texting them before each game “may the fish be with you.”

Then a strange thing started happening: Millwall couldn’t lose.

"The fish has been everywhere with us - it came out to dinner a few weeks ago," Dunne told News At Den. ”It became funnier and funnier after every game because we were still unbeaten and the fish was still alive and going strong.”

The magical lucky fish was there sitting in its bowl by the TV as Millwall put up a 4-0-3 record in the club’s final seven games of the season. Perhaps Millwall should consider a secondary mascot?

Even manager Ian Holloway placed some faith in the water-dwelling creature. “Maybe we should get some Koi carp for the training ground,” he joked.

It might not be such a bad idea.

Story via New At Den

23
Jan

Middlesbrough’s hot streak credited to lucky hamster

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For all of you Championship followers, Middlesbrough has made a vicious assault on the rest of the English second division, going undefeated in their past six games (winning five) and jumping from 19th up to 9th place. Now just five points shy of a place in the top six, Boro are vying for a surprise spot in the promotion playoffs.

Now, to most observers it’s been the play of the defense, in particular goalkeeper Shay Given, that has been the catalyst to Boro’s rise. Given posted six clean sheets in ten games since coming on loan from Aston Villa. But if you listen to the 37-year-old, the Teessiders’ luck has changed thanks to a new team mascot — Holly the Hamster.

Indeed, Boro are unbeaten in the Championship since Holly scurried into the training ground “thanks to a secret Santa team-bonding game at Christmas,” whatever that means.

Given told the Daily Star:

“She seems to be our lucky mascot at the moment.

She came into the training ground over Christmas as a bit of a joke from one of the lads, but we’re unbeaten since, so we’re all taking looking after her very seriously now.

She’s got a nice home in with us at the training ground, and we’re making sure we feed and water her every day. She’s got an unbeaten record so far, so we’ll make sure she stays happy and keeps working her magic.”

If Middlesbrough can keep their hot streak going all the way to the Premier League, hopefully we can turn this into a movie or something.

Next stop: Holly-wood?

H/T Dirty Tackle

13
Jul

Very superstitious: Wondolowski sews extra “W” under jersey, keeps scoring

Last time we checked in with Chris Wondolowski, he was busy scoring a hat trick while wearing a misspelled jersey. But after US super-fan Drew Carey ended up buying the shirt off Wondolowski with proceeds going to charity, the superstitious striker knew what to do next.

Rather than risking his run of form, Wondolowski made a special request regarding his kit before Saturday’s match vs. Cuba: ‘Wondo’ asked that an extra ‘W’ be sewed on the inside of his shirt.

Based on the brace that Wondo scored Saturday with the altered jersey, it seems likely he’ll be wearing that extra W for the rest of his career.

Here’s Chris after the match: