West Brom’s relegation to the Championship fully hit home on Saturday when, for their opening match against Bolton, the club unveiled their brand new mascot for 2018/19.
Rather than a fearsome beast designed to intimidate opponents or a cuddly character to get the kids on board, the Baggies instead introduced ‘Boiler Man’ to the crowd at the Hawthorns before kick-off.
Just to clear up any doubts you may be experiencing, Boiler Man is indeed exactly that – an anthropomorphic combi boiler…
— Mikey Gregory 🇪🇸 (@MikeyGregory) 4 August 2018
Boiler Man is actually the mascot of West Brom’s new principal shirt sponsors, Ideal Boilers – which is just about the most English Football League™ sentence you’re ever likely to read.
Darren Moore’s side went on to start their season with a 2-1 home defeat against a team who only stayed up last season by the skins of their collective teeth.
Somehow, we can’t help but think this cuboid aberration at least partially to blame…
Totally, irredeemably naff.