I'll jolly well carry on, says punched Yeovil Town's green giant
By Western Daily Press | Thursday, October 31, 2013, 05:00
A football club mascot who was punched in the face during a Yeovil Town match has said the incident will not deter him from rallying crowds.
A giant among mascots, the Yeovil Town figure was lunged at by a supporter for the opposing team. But the punch to the head had little effect on Colin Biss, who was heavily protected deep inside the suit
Colin Biss, aka the Jolly Green Giant, was attacked by a supporter
Colin Biss was attacked while wearing his foam Jolly Green Giant costume at half-time during the Sky Bet Championship clash on Saturday.
He said a Nottingham Forest supporter "came at him" while he was greeting away supporters in the Screwfix Community Stand with his son Ben, the Little Jolly mascot.
He said: "I'm not sure if he was drunk or if he may have just been upset about the game. I think he may have thought I was rubbing in the fact they were losing. But I just went over to the away fans – it's a friendly greeting that I always do."
A man was arrested then de-arrested after Mr Biss decided not to press charges.
"I heard a man yelling abusive remarks at me, so I gave him a wide berth. While I was shaking a girl's hand and having a picture taken with her mother, he came out of nowhere. It was a definite punch to the side of Jolly's head. My costume protected me so I wasn't hurt.
"The stewards saw it and rushed over but I wasn't affected by it so I haven't taken it any further.
"I think I will avoid the away fans for a while but I will still continue to do my job supporting Yeovil and being there with the home fans. I was more worried that my son would be affected by it but he seems OK. I'm already looking forward to the next game."