Billie the White Horse wins the Blue Peter FA Mascot Competition
The design is great, the story behind it is even better and I think it’s something everyone’s going to be really impressed with.Phil Neville
The winning entry was designed by Sandy 12 from Fife, who was inspired to design Billie after hearing the story of the 1923 FA Cup Final. The match, between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United, was the first of its kind to take place at the original Wembley Stadium and there was much excitement surrounding the game, with the large crowds flowing on pitch. To try and clear the pitch George Scorey and Billie the horse, along with other mounted policeman, entered the stadium. Billie became the defining image of the day as his white mane stood out against the crowds.
Speaking of about his design Sandy said: “ I was inspired to design Billie when I found out about the story of the 1923 final. If it hadn’t been for Billie the match couldn’t have gone ahead, he was a hero that day.”
Phil Neville, who was one of three judges, said: “I think the design is great, the story behind it is even better and I think it’s something everyone’s going to be really impressed with.”
Lucy Roberts-Hartley from the Football Association, another judge, said of the competition and Sandy’s winning entry; ‘I think it’s absolutely fantastic we saw so many amazing designs that were entered, and getting them down to the final three was such a tough decision, but the final mascot is absolutely fantastic. The winning design is really special because it’s a really important part of FA cup history and we’re going to bring it to life at the FA Cup.’
Sandy and his winning mascot Billie will walk out onto the pitch at Wembley Stadium on FA Cup Final day, Saturday 30 May 2015.
Blue Peter is on CBBC every Thursday at 5pm.
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