I have been supporting the Steelbacks since I was a pup! It all started back in 1878 when I became a soldier for the British Army within the Northamptonshire Regiment. This was in the Battle of Talavera during the Peninsular War.
When the soldiers felt sad and tired I used to cheer them on and encourage them to stay positive. I then started to suggest we play a game of cricket or two to keep everyone’s spirits up.
When the war had finished we practised hard to make sure all our bowling and wicket keeping skills were on point and that we could also function properly as a team, the way we did as army soldiers.
I loved the game so much and I loved seeing the team do so well, so much so that I used to get distracted from actually playing and just stand to the side cheering. Everyone loved it!
In 1905, we were finally recognised as a First Class County after years of hard work. I had never been more proud of the team or excited....we were on our way!
I didn’t make the team, but that’s ok because I was awarded the biggest honour of all - becoming the Steelbacks first and only mascot! And, I have been the mascot ever since.
You will always find me at the matches ready to cheer on the boys and meet the fans.
After a long winter break, take a behind the scenes look to see how Steeler is preparing for the Finals Day Race, with Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach, Archie Ogden.