Today marks the 20th anniversary of a true landmark in the annals of English league football – the day that Wolfie the Wolf ensured his name will echo for eternity in the cosmic mascot hall of infamy.
The year was 1998, and Wolves had travelled to Ashton Gate for a Division One game against Bristol City on 8th November.
Unfortunately, come the break, City failed to heed the foreboding fairy tale and decided to allow Wolfie to share their pitch with three little pigs, who were acting as mascots for match sponsors Coldseal windows.
Of course, it wasn’t long before the two naturally averse factions were at each other’s foam-padded throats when a scuffle was sparked by a football being ‘stolen’ during the half-time penalty shootout.
Stewards had to forcibly separate the wolf from the pigs (aided by City Cat, Bristol’s eponymous club mascot) before Wolfie and his trio of adversaries were all unceremoniously ejected from the ground…
For the record, Wolves won the game 6-1.
A spokesman for Coldseal later blamed the incident entirely on the big bad wolf, branding him “a known troublemaker” in a statement released after the game – presumably in reference to the ‘huffing and puffing’ house-razing incident that has served to plague his reputation ever since.
Defiant in the face of such slander, Wolfie remained unapologetic and came striding out of the tunnel before Wolves’ next home match as the ‘Rocky’ theme tune blared around Molineux.
Pray tell, what else would you expect from an apex predator?