THE mascot for tonight’s game with Leyton Orient in the Carabao Cup has travelled 3,313 miles to enjoy the Home Park experience.
That is the distance between the Big Apple and the Theatre of Greens. You may be thinking what’s New York got to do with Argyle - Did Frank Sinatra ever croon his love for the Greens? Are the Brooklyn Bridge and the Tamar Bridge distant cousins? Is Bradley Wright-Phillips still banging them in for the Red Bulls? (He is, by the way.)
Young mascot Kasra Sherrell is the answer. Kasra comes from a family of lifelong Argyle fans – with dad Matt playing boys football with a certain Mickey Evans. Kasra’s grandfather Ted formerly wrote regular Argyle columns for the Tavistock Times Gazette.
The Sherrells have lived away from the UK for many years now and find themselves residing in NYC. This doesn’t stop them from following the Greens from afar, at 10am every Saturday – accounting for the five-hour time difference – they always have their hearts with Argyle.
Visiting the Westcountry every summer, unfortunately the timing of their travels means a visit to Home Park is often out of the question. Kasra, and his two sisters, have seen the Pilgrims at Home Park just once, a game we lost. Fingers crossed the boys can deliver a victory this time round.
As a continued show of support for his beloved Green Army, Kasra often gets lots of questions from his school friends in America when he wears his replica kit to school. Kasra is said to be ‘super excited’ to go behind the scenes and meet the players – something his dad, Matt, wishes he got the chance to do.
A warm welcome to our Stateside visitors.