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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Should Billy the Bull return?

News that Vernon Bear is leaving Stockport County beggers the question should Hereford United bring back Billy the Bull.

Vernon Bull has been the mascot at Edgeley Park for over ten years. In that time he has been very popular especially with the youngest fans.

Stockport County chairman, Norman Beverley, said: "Vernon has been a fantastic ambassador for County not just at Edgeley Park both throughout the whole of the town.

"There's no doubt that he'll be missed by all of us at Edgeley Park but we wish him all the best in his new job at the Vernon Building Society."

What their chairman doesn't reveal is whether they plan to replace him.

As regards Billy the Bull, it's several seasons since he has been seen at Edgar Street. His demise appears to have coincided with an improvement in the results of Hereford United.

His costume had been purchased mainly with money from supporters, but that costume appears to have been mis-laid so if he is to be revived a new costume would be needed.

Whether the management at Hereford thinks a mascot is part of the entertainment value of the club is unknown.