Spytty the Dog, Newport County’s strange emo paedobear club mascot

Spytty the Dog, the strange emo paedobear/Deputy Dawg hybrid club mascot of Newport County FC

During my Christmas stay in south Wales, I took a trip to see Newport County FC see off Plymouth Argyll in an entertaining Boxing Day match.

It was great to see Newport back in the league, playing in front of a healthy crowd of over 5,000 people who had braved the relentless rain.

Spytty the Dog, the strange emo paedobear/Deputy Dawg hybrid club mascot of Newport County FC

However, I did find myself somewhat distracted by the strange club mascot, known as Spytty the Dog.

Resembling a bizarre combination of paedobear and Deputy Dawg, the mascot moodily shuffled around on the touchline, occasionally sloping off into the club house like a surly teenager being sent to  bed.

Spytty the Dog, the strange emo paedobear/Deputy Dawg hybrid club mascot of Newport County FC

The person inside seemed to be fighting a losing battle with the outfit, lifting his elbows up at odd angles and constantly realigning the oversized head while trying to flick back the floppy ears.

Spytty the Dog, the strange emo paedobear/Deputy Dawg hybrid club mascot of Newport County FC

With the absolute minimum of enthusiasm, the mascot would offer a bag full of sweets to any small child that came into its vision, immediately drawing unwelcome comparisons with a half man/half dog sex offender.

Spytty the Dog, the strange emo paedobear/Deputy Dawg hybrid club mascot of Newport County FC

Elbows up, Spytty attempts to pull sweets out of the plastic bag, inadvertently recreating the classic paedobear pose.

Spytty the Dog, Newport County's strange emo paedobear club mascot

Spytty the Dog, the strange emo paedobear/Deputy Dawg hybrid club mascot of Newport County FC

Sometimes, negotiating sweets out of the bag would take some time.

Spytty the Dog, the strange emo paedobear/Deputy Dawg hybrid club mascot of Newport County FC

I’m not sure what he’s doing here, but he did it for some time.

Spytty the Dog, the strange emo paedobear/Deputy Dawg hybrid club mascot of Newport County FC

Spytty holds a handful of candy aloft.

Spytty the Dog, the strange emo paedobear/Deputy Dawg hybrid club mascot of Newport County FC

Spytty slinks off again. The Plymouth fans look on unimpressed.

Spytty the Dog, the strange emo paedobear/Deputy Dawg hybrid club mascot of Newport County FC

A rare animated moment.

Spytty the Dog, the strange emo paedobear/Deputy Dawg hybrid club mascot of Newport County FC

Final whistle sees Spytty lurking on the touchline, seemingly unmoved by the fact that his team have just won 2-0.

Spytty the Dog, the strange emo paedobear/Deputy Dawg hybrid club mascot of Newport County FC

Head down and ears flapping disconsolately, Spytty leaves the stadium, perhaps heading home to play My Chemical Romance or consult some ‘specialist’ websites.