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Chelsea mascot who pranked Steven Gerrard signs for Billericay Town | Football News

Jake Nickless, 20, now plays for Jamie O’Hara’s Billericay Town: “When I saw Gerrard in the tunnel it was just instinct… I hope he didn’t think I was trying to mug him off”

By Paul Gilmour, Sky Sports News

Last Updated: 28/08/20 9:54am

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Jake Nickless – the cheeky Chelsea mascot who pranked the then Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard – is starting his own career in football

Jake Nickless – the cheeky Chelsea mascot who pranked the then Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard – is starting his own career in football

The young Chelsea mascot responsible for pranking Steven Gerrard in the Stamford Bridge tunnel almost 15 years ago has joined Billericay Town.

Jake Nickless, now 20, was just five years old when he asked the Liverpool captain for a handshake and left him hanging in the minutes before a Premier League game against Chelsea in 2006.

Gerrard claimed in his autobiography that it was the only time he had smiled pre-match in the tunnel before a game.

“It comes around every year,” Nickless told Sky Sports News. “I can’t really remember too much about it, my dad put me up to it and when I saw Gerrard in the tunnel it was just instinct.

“When Chelsea play Liverpool it appears on the big screen. I look a lot different to what I was at five, I had blue hair as well so I…

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