Why Marvin is the greatest club mascot

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Let’s face it, of all the A-League club mascots there is no doubt Marvin is the GOAT.

Alongside his sauce bottle friends, the cuddly Viking stands leaps and bounds ahead of any other mascot in the league for more reasons than one.

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Firstly, Marvin is the king of social media, which makes him even more popular with fans. His ability to extend his presence beyond game day and the pitch helps him to connect with fans and really show off his personality.

He has a great sense of humour, is full of sass and is not afraid to put other teams in their place and tell them who is boss. He even has his own Twitter and Instagram accounts and not to mention has proven his acting chops in multiple viral videos.

This little Viking has demonstrated he is more than just a crowd pleaser and if his billions of likes are not enough to prove his supremacy, we’re not sure what is.

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Secondly, he is the only mascot with his own merchandise line. If watching him dance around the pitch and kill it online were not enough, you can wear him on your shirt.

Not only this, but all the proceeds from said shirt go towards the Yellow and Navy foundation that helps the youngest soccer fans live their dreams, highlighting his selflessness and willingness to provide for those in need. We love a charitable man.

Last but by no means least, Marvin is an enigma. He is a mysterious, all-powerful spirit whose ultimate identity remains unknown. Talk about tall, dark, and handsome.

While he goes by Marvin the Mariner, he is often referred to as a Viking which is resembled in his Viking hat. However his physical appearance does not lend itself to such.

His constant straight face and divine pear-shaped figure complete with the Mariners’ belt would leave anyone wanting more. Sometimes he even spices things up with a change of headwear to a bandana – we love a man that can do both.

Disagree all you want but it would take a lot to knock Marvin off the top spot. He is right up there with Chuck Norris – incredible, immortal and indestructible.

Feature Image Credit: Central Coast Mariners

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Breanna Redhead
WA based student journalist, covering Perth Glory for the 2020/21 A-League season

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