On Saturday 19th May, one of our long-term Mashers Ben Barham got the opportunity to work at the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley in front of 80,000 screaming fans! Ben has been touring the nation as npower's Official Football League Mascot 'Joules' the Polar Bear...and we caught up with him after his massive performance to ask how it all went...
On Saturday 19th May, one of our long-term Mashers Ben Barham got the opportunity to work at the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley in front of 80,000 screaming fans! Ben has been touring the nation as npower’s Official Football League Mascot ‘Joules’ the Polar Bear…and we caught up with him after his massive performance to ask how it all went…
To have the opportunity to work at the Championship Play Off final at Wembley Stadium was a great experience and a memory that I will never forget. A memory that I will always look back on with tremendous fondness and a story I can tell the grandkids that Grandad danced around Wembley Stadium in front of 80,000 thousand football fans! From the minute I turned up I was so excited and have to say a little nervous as it was such a big event and the occasion was massive.
I was walking round the whole day with my mouth wide open in disbelief as I couldnt quite believe in a few hours time I was going to be in front of 80,000 people at our national stadium, Wembley such an iconic stadium worldwide.
When the time came nothing could have prepared me for the ovation and the noise Joules the Polar Bear received prior to kick off walking around the pitch. Aderanaline kicked in from the moment Joules came out onto the pitch and he was off running, dancing, side stepping and applauding both sets of fans.
It was an electric atmosphere and a real goosebump, hair’s standing on the back of your neck feeling with the Joules getting a great reception from both sets of fans. Dont want to single anyone out but the West Ham fans were incredible the chanting was deafening and all Joules could see was an ocean of people going back for miles it was truly an eye opener/pinch yourself moment…amazing with fans wanting to high five the mascot and get photos with Joules.
I was on the highest cloud possible in the sky when I finally came in, I was speechless like I was for most of the day trying to take in the every bit of the occasion. The excitment didnt stop there as Joules the Polar Bear had a finale moment booked in for half time, leading a proccession of Brazillian drummers out for the half time entertainment. Joules had the responsability to play conductor and lead the band out onto the field of play. Its fair to say Joules got carried away, caught up in the moment and danced and wiggled his hips in time with the samba beats/drums from one end of the pitch to the other.
I was told Joules and the band got a good reaction from the supporters which I was thrilled about.
“Once in a lifetime job, these jobs do not come around all the time. Take it with both hands, appreciate it, enjoy it, put your heart and soul into it and give 110%”.
And the last word goes to ‘Joules’ himself…
“All I usually get to see is a few icebergs and walrus’ within the Artic Circle. So to be asked to put on the npower football jersey and be a part of the Play Off celebrations as the official mascot was just a huge honour for me. I am one lucky bear”.