When tragedy strikes, it unites the entire football community. That capacity to come together in difficult times has been proven yet again with the devastating affair of Harry the Hoopo.
Harry is the mascot for Queen’s Park, the oldest surviving football club in Scotland and currently playing in the country’s fourth division. Their home ground is Hampden Park in Glasgow, which is also home to the Scotland national team. Earlier this week, the club made a dreadful announcement that shocked and saddened the football world: someone had made off with Harry’s head.
Harry's suit had been stored at the JB McAlpine Pavilion, which provides facilities for the club's youth setup and community outreach programs. The club came forward with the awful news on Tuesday.
Queen's Park issued a missing person's report and have appealed to the public for any information on the whereabouts of the mascot's missing cranium. A spokesperson said that Queen's Park have vowed to “leave no stone unturned” in their quest to make Harry, and the club, whole again.
Initially there were reports that authorities had a prime suspect. Partick Thistle shares facilities at the JB McAlpine Pavilion, and in the first 24 hours there was speculation that their bizarre mascot Kingsley was responsible for the caper. Yet the… uh… well we don't exactly know what he is went on record yesterday and denied the allegations of his involvement.
“I fear my reputation as something of a rascal has preceded me here, but I want to set the record straight. I am not, and never have been, in the possession of the now infamous Hippo Head of Lesser Hampden. I honestly don't know where the rumours have come from but I would hazard a guess that perhaps Harry has grown jealous of the attention I got when I first arrived and thought this might push the limelight onto him.”
At press time, the club has not yet received a ransom note. They insist that any and all information given on the location of Harry's head will be kept in the strictest of confidence.
We will, of course, keep you updated as events unfold regarding this unspeakable tragedy.