THE search is on for a replacement mascot to fill the boots of one of the most familiar faces in British football.
Scott Llewellyn has donned the H’Angus the Monkey suit at Hartlepool United since 2005, but will be making in his last appearance in the role as club mascot in the final home game of the season against Leyton Orient at The Vic a week on Saturday.
Scott, 39, who works at Corus, has decided to give up the role after seven memorable years as the cheeky monkey.
Speaking ahead of his last game, Scott said: “To be honest, if you’d asked me a while ago I would have said the only way I’d leave the job would be when I got the sack.
“But I’m nearly 40 now, and I think the time is right to give someone else a chance.
“Being H’Angus has allowed me to do things I’ve never have dreamed of. I’ve taken part in loads of publicity stunts, I’ve been on TV adverts and programmes, and I stood on the plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of a national campaign.
“I’ve even been sent off in one game, after Crewe’s manager Dario Gradi complained that I was putting one his players off when he was trying to take a corner.
“The linesman pulled the referee over and I was off!
“It has been brilliant, but I’m getting on a bit now so it’s time to take a breather.
“I’ll miss being H’Angus, because matchdays are brilliant. You are in the suit for three hours, but it’s great when you see people having a laugh.
“That would be my advice to whoever takes over. Just enjoy it, have fun and make sure you put smiles on faces.”
Scott’s alter-ego became instantly recognisable after the story of the “Monkey Mayor” hit the international headlines in 2002.
He added: “Obviously people know H’Angus through the Stuart Drummond story, then of course we get Jeff Stelling using every opportunity he can to help promote the club and the mascot on his show.
“People ask if that puts me under pressure, but to be honest once you put the suit on then you just get on with it and don’t worry too much.”
Mark Simpson, Hartlepool United’s media manager, said: “Scott has been terrific and we thank him for his efforts during his time representing the club as H’Angus.
“Scott won’t be leaving the club altogether though as he is still going to be involved in the Junior Poolies section.
“We will be looking to replace him as H’Angus and we have already had a few tentative inquiries.
“If anybody is interested in giving it a go then please contact the club.”
Anyone interested in donning the famous suit is asked to email email@example.com