Cranham football fan tricked by friends into becoming AFC Hornchurch’s matchday mascot during stag do

PUBLISHED: 16:15 07 November 2017

Steve Wood was named the surprise matchday mascot at AFC Hornchurch's home fixture at Bridge Avenue on Saturday. Photo: Chris Buttery

Steve Wood was named the surprise matchday mascot at AFC Hornchurch's home fixture at Bridge Avenue on Saturday. Photo: Chris Buttery


One Cranham resident got a more embarassing stag do than he bargained for when he discovered he was a local football team’s club mascot for the day.

Steve Wood, of Trent Avenue, was left totally stitched up by his mates in front of a bumper crowd at Saturday’s football match between AFC Hornchurch and Witham Town FC at Bridge Avenue.

Poor Steve attended the match as part of his stag do, thinking he was just going to watch an afternoon match before heading off for an evening of celebration.

However, unknown to the 30-year-old, his mates had arranged for him to be the matchday mascot for The Urchins, a role normally reserved for supporters of, shall we say, a slightly younger age.

Best man Pierre Winter said: “After the initial shock and an expletive or two, Steve embraced the occasion and really got into his role.

“However, his request to hold the captain’s hand as they walked out onto the pitch was politely declined!”

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