Rogers discovers his moo-tivation

Moo-ving mascot: Keith Rogers and family see his design for “Brummie the Friendly Bull” come to life.

Moo-ving mascot: Keith Rogers and family see his design for “Brummie the Friendly Bull” come to life.

First published in Sport

A BROMSGROVE speedway fan is celebrating after winning a competition to design a life-size furry mascot to represent the Selco Birmingham Brummies on race nights.

Keith Rogers, a local government officer from Bromsgrove, entered the competition held by the Perry Barr-based club after supporters at one of the club’s regular forums were asked to think up a design.

Rogers’ sketch of “Brummie the Friendly Bull” decked head to toe in the club’s trademark red and yellow kit won the judges over and along with his young family finally got to see his creation brought to life at a recent race night.

For the life-long Brummies fan it was a delight to meet the mascot who has now been brought to life in a six-foot tall fur costume and get a rare VIP tour behind the scenes at a Brummies’ race night.

He said; “I first went to watch the Brummies over 40 years ago when I was just nine tears old and have always loved the sport.

“I took the bull from Birmingham’s Bullring for inspiration as I think it reflects the city but hopefully I have made it a little more cute and cuddly as I wanted my design to be child friendly.

“I didn’t want Brummie scaring the kids although I hope he will snort and stamp his hoof if we don’t win a few races.”

He wins a season ticket for himself his wife Claire and children Olivia, five and 18-month-old Lewis for the 2013 campaign.

Selco Brummies co-owner and promoter Alan Phillips said the club had been delighted with all the competition entries but felt Rogers’ was spot on.

He said: “Villa have Hercules the Lion and the Blues a dog called Beau Brummie — now we have Brummie the Bull”

“We are really pleased with the design and can’t wait to find a suitable candidate now to wear the costume with pride every race night and at our promotional events.”

The hunt for someone to wear the mascot suit is now under way with the club looking for a man or woman under 5ft 9ins tall, physically fit and willing to have fun and entertain the crowds on race nights in return for free admission to the stadium. The successful candidate will have to agree to a CRB check.

Anyone who thinks they fit the bill should email Phillips at alan.phillips@phillips-associ atates.co.uk

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