Partick Thistle are advertising for a new Kingsley and the job specification is a work of art


Everybody knows that Partick Thistle's Kingsley is the greatest and most terrifying mascot in the world - and now they want someone to step inside the scariest suit in football.

The mascot, designed by 2013 Turner Prize nominee David Shrigley and described by the club as a "mono-browed, dentist-deprived ray of sunshine", was introduced last year and became a global phenomenon because - well, look at it. You can see why it went viral.

Kingsley the Partick Thistle mascot
A mono-browed, dentist-deprived ray of sunshine (Danny Lawson/PA)

But now the man inside the costume is leaving, and Partick Thistle are advertising for a fan to take his place.

Full details of how to apply are on the club's website, but it's worth taking note of some of the qualities the successful candidate will have to have.

It's a job ad unlike any other we've seen before.

The essential requirements include:

"Must be able to entertain superstars and schoolchildren at the same time all while dressed in an 8ft tall sun costume.

"The ability to convey complex messages while only using your hands.

"Must not mind taking part in multiple selfies and being dragged in different directions by excited children, adults, players and board members."

The ad also stated you should "not be self-conscious and [have] to be willing to generally lark about in front of thousands of people".

Meanwhile, it'll be an advantage if you have "some experience whipping large crowds into a frenzy" and the ad is clear the successful candidate "should be able to win any mascot race on the planet".

No pressure there, then.

As for what you get out of it, well, it's a Thistle season ticket, opportunities to "meet celebrities like David Hasselhoff, Rachel Riley and Jonathan Sutherland off the telly" and "that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you know you have made thousands of people happier".

Reading between the lines, that means you don't get any money.

But you do get the honour of being Kingsley, the world's favourite slightly terrifying football mascot.

Kingsley mingling with Partick Thistle fans
Kingsley, just going about his business (Jeff Holmes/PA)