Hit the paws button… meet Max the mongrel from Mitcham, a barking mad Chelsea fan
13:15 GMT, 11 March 2013
14:11 GMT, 11 March 2013
Barking mad: Chelsea fan Max the mongrel
Chelsea supporter Max the mongrel could receive a prize that most Blues fans would bite your hand off for… a season ticket at Stamford Bridge.
The barking mad Blues supporter was nominated in Britain’s first ever canine footballer supporter competition launched by sports website TVBet.co.uk to find the most devoted dog football fan.
Max is glued to the television every time Chelsea come on and he even predicts the score by barking before kick-off.
Like many other Chelsea fans, Max barks when he sees Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger on screen but he goes crazy when celebrating a goal.
Max’s owner Terri Crockett said: 'Max loves the Blues and his favourite players are Frank Lampard and John Terry.
'He loves watching the game on the telly and even predicts the scores by barking before the kick off.
'He’s not always spot on, he does tend to be a bit optimistic before a game and usually predicts we will win six-nil.'
The competition has already received dozens of entries after promising a season ticket for the winning dog – as well as one human.
A spokesman for TVBet.co.uk said:
'This contest has lifted the lid on the phenomena of the dog football
fan. We knew there were a lot of doggie football supporters out there
but in all honesty we had no idea how many.
if the response to our contest is anything to go by there must be
hundreds if not thousands of dedicated canine football fans out there.
Many of them as devoted to their teams as their owners are.'
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He added: 'Our
contest is the first ever to celebrate Britain’s secret army of doggie
football fans. From now on our furry fans no longer have to cower in the
shadows. They can get right out onto the pitch where they belong.
has a Tintin and Snowy story, or maybe a Dorothy and Toto tale. This
contest proves that the love between one man and his dog can only be
strengthened by their shared devotion to a football team. It’s a
beautiful thing to behold.'
Aston Villa fan Luna Davies, whose owner Rob is now based in Holland, is another dog fan entered in the competition.
Luna's owner said: 'She’s got claret and blue running through her veins. It’d mean a lot to her to be able to visit Villa Park. She lives for the Villa.
'I’d love it if they made Luna their lucky mascot. Lord knows they need a bit of luck this year. She’s well trained and wouldn’t foul the hallowed Villa Park turf before a match.'
Arsenal may be enduring a tough season, but six-year-old border terrier Ginny Smith still loves to watch the Gunners play.
Ginny's owner Sharon said: 'Ginny loves her footy and is glued to the telly every time Arsenal are on.
'She has always growled when Alex Ferguson comes on the screen and she also turns her nose up at Tottenham.'
But, unlike Ginny, Arsenal fan Lenny, a five-year-old Dachshund, prefers watching international football.
Lenny's owner James said: 'Lenny loves to sit on the armchair and watch his beloved Arsenal. But when it comes to international matches he reverts back to his ancestral home and supports Germany. He gets very grumpy if they ever lose.'
Armchair fan: Arsenal supporter Lenny gets excited when watching international football
To enter the contest send a photo of your football fan dog and their name and age along with contact details to [email protected]