Friends of Fulham - standup if you still believe

q & a: Billy the Badger

June 2017

Billy the Badger

Dannyboi - What made you a Fulham fan? Did anyone influenced you in becoming a fan?

Kyle - I moved to the UK when I was 8 from South Africa. I didn’t know much about football, and first called myself an Arsenal fan! When I started to play football myself (and wised up), I was a goalkeeper. My mum’s family is Dutch and Van der Sar soon became my favourite player in the national team... So it was Edwin who got me in to Fulham!

Dannyboi - How long have you been supporting the club?

Kyle - I think the first season I could call myself a “real” fan was the 2003/2004 season. My favourite shirt is from that season!

Dannyboi - What has been your most favourite memory from being a Fulham fan?

Kyle - The European games must be up there. That season I was lucky enough to go to Basel, Turin, Hamburg (twice), Belfast, and Twente. Made some amazing memories and some great friends.

Dannyboi - What has been your worst memory from being a Fulham Fan?

Kyle - Obviously getting relegated wasn’t fun and the following couple years didn’t get much better. Those were the 3 seasons I gave up my season ticket as I moved out to Singapore so at least I didn’t experience too much of it. I have to say though, I think my worst memory was when we lost Dembele and Dempsey. We had such great potential that season.

Dannyboi - What led you and inspired you to create Billy the Badger?

Kyle - The club had an online competition. At the time, there was a viral video involving dancing badgers, mushrooms and a snake. Back then a friend of mine, who is a Cambridge fan, and I both would put our team shirts on. The team shirts said badger and we would wear them to play in a 6-a-side team called the Cambridge badgers. So, when I saw the competition I thought a badger would work well. So, I sent a picture in of a badger.

Dannyboi - How old were you when you did this?

Kyle - I think I was around 12 years old.

Dannyboi - Were there any other reasons for coming up with a badger, other than your experience in Cambridge?

Klye - When I sent the picture in of the badger, I included a brief reason of why the Fulham mascot should be a badger. Badgers are black and white and are traditionally British just like Fulham. Badgers also live in big families and Fulham is a big family.

Dannyboi - Do you have any drawings or sketches of your original design?

Kyle - Unfortunately I don’t. The club did send me some pictures but that laptop that I had them stored on died many years ago. I should really get in touch with the club and see if they have any in the archive. I also keep meaning to ask if I could have a costume!

Dannyboi - Did you get anything out of creating Billy from the club?  An award or a plaque?

Kyle - I got 2 free tickets to see us play against Arsenal. That was my first game! We lost 4-0 in that match and Henry got a standing ovation. I also got a goodie bad that a had keychain, stickers, book, etc. Funny thing is I had to buy my own Billy the Badger toy when they first came out, ha-ha.

Dannyboi - Did the experience of creating Billy have any effect on your future choices for a career?  What do you do now for a living?

Kyle - I actually went on to study marketing at university. Then I went on to running pubs where I did do a lot of design work and digital marketing. Since then though I’ve gone into more of a normal office job.

Dannyboi -  What is your favourite memory of Billy?  

Kyle -  I love it when Billy gets into the spot light, especially during games. I remember things like Billy “Attacking” Avram Grant and being sent off for staying on the pitch break-dancing for too long.

Dannyboi - Have you heard of Sir Craven of Cottage and do you know what he looks like? If yes, would you be nervous for Billy if I told you I've heard he's making a comeback.

Kyle Who? ......Just kidding. I've heard of and seen Sir Craven (not in the flesh). I wouldn't be too nervous, he just looked very sun burnt. Didn’t have a mascot? Was it a computer? there's a challenger haha!

Dannyboi - As you mentioned above Billy is not shy of getting into a confrontation like the Avram Grant spat. If given the opportunity to have a boxing match with one of these three, who would he pick? Chelsea's Stamford the Lion, Brentford's Buzz Bee or QPR's Ian Holloway?

Kyle - Well I'm speaking on behalf of my "son". I'm sure he'd be happy to take them all on. In case there are youngsters reading I won't go into too much detail on how things would unfold [dannyboi pushing for him to pick one]......oh I guess it has to be QPR's Ian Holloway lol.

Dannyboi - What do you think Billy brings to Fulham and its fans?

Kyle - This is my favourite thing; the kids do really seem to love him and lots of friends tell me he is a real favourite of their kids.