Cobblers’ mascot Clarence the Dragon was recovering this week following an incident with a rival at the Mascot Olympics.
The big green Sixfields’ favourite was taking part in the annual mascot competition, held in Milton Keynes, when he was sent flying during a gladiatorial ’jousting’ event.
Worse still, the blow was delivered by rival Donny, a mascot cow for MK Dons, and sent Clarence tumbling into the crowd. He suffered a nasty blow and had to be taken to hospital.
The event had to be delayed for a while as Clarence was treated in front of shocked spectators.
He was then accompanied by Bernie the Dog, who was representing Northampton Saints at the event, to hospital.
Happily, however, the popular dragon was later released suffering with mild whiplash.
A Northampton Town spokesman said Clarence was keen to let fans know he was now recovering from the potentially serious fall, and thanked his canine chum Bernie for dropping out of the event to go to hospital with him. Spokesman Gareth Willsher, said: “Obviously we were sorry to hear of the injuries suffered by Clarence. We would like to thank Bernie from the Saints for the care and attention he offered.
“Clarence is now entering a period of recuperation and we hope he will be fighting fit and recovered for the start of the new football season.”