Mag gets down to monkey business

A MONKEY mascot has swapped football fields for shopping shelves as he features in a lads' mag.

Hartlepool United's H'Angus the Monkey is in the latest edition of national magazine Zoo comparing the country's 'baddest mascots'.

The popular, and sometimes controversial, character has graced football pitches across the country and is much-loved by Pools and away fans.

The man behind the mask, Scott Llewellyn, gave his verdict about his fellow crowd pleasers in a two-page article.

Scott, 38, told the Mail: "I signed a code of conduct when I took over the role so I can't do anything too bad, but H'Angus does have a bit of a past.

"There are quite a few mascots who get upto a bit of bother so Zoo rang me to see what I thought of them. It was a bit of fun and I enjoyed it."

Sheffield United's Captain Blade was Scott's pick of the bunch and was

given the highest "mischief rating" while Swansea City's Cyril the Swan, Wolfie from Wolves and Billy the Badger from Fulham also feature.

Dad-of-two Scott, from the town's Fens Estate, has been H'Angus for the last six years.

The Tata Steel worker has done some bizarre things in his time in the furry suit, from standing on the fourth plinth in London's Trafalgar Square to promote the town and the club to taking part in a mascot Grand National.

He also married fellow monkey Victoria in 2009 during a ceremony at the club's Victoria Park ground.

Scott added: "Being a mascot is great. I try and get to as many games as possible and you go all over the country.

"I love it and I know all the other guys that do it really enjoy it as well."

Hartlepool's mascot is based on the old story of a monkey that was allegedly hanged in Hartlepool after locals thought he was a French spy – hence the name H'Angus.