ON THIS DAY: 2011: Doncaster Rovers' Donny Dog mascot in sexy photos row

Tracy posed in her lingerie alongside the Donny Dog costume.
Tracy posed in her lingerie alongside the Donny Dog costume.

Five years ago today, Doncaster Rovers made global headlines after the club’s Donny Dog mascot was at the centre of a saucy photoshoot row.

It was on June 9, 2011 that Tracy Chandler was given her job back at the Keepmoat Stadium following an episode that saw the club splashed across newspapers and TV channels across the world.

One of the photos which landed Tracy Chandler in hot water.

One of the photos which landed Tracy Chandler in hot water.

The storm erupted when Tracy, then of Armthorpe, was sacked from her voluntary job as the club’s furry friend after getting her kit off in a Sunday newspaper in aid of the NSPCC.

She stripped off to her lingerie for the photo call for the Sunday Sport - and when the saucy snaps emerged, she was quickly shown the red card by the family friendly club.

But as news of her sacking went around the globe, Rovers’ then chairman John Ryan offered the mum-of-three her job back.

At the time she said: “John Ryan said it had all been a huge misunderstanding and the club were just concerned about being associated with a paper like the Sunday Sport.

The story of her sacking made international headlines.

The story of her sacking made international headlines.

“To be honest I was a bit naive because I didn’t realise what that paper was like.

“At the end of the day though I was just doing something to make money for charity and the whole thing was blown out of proportion.”

Tracy was overwhelmed by the support of fans, which included more than 1,000 people posting messages on her Facebook page.

She added: “I just couldn’t believe how big the story was, it was even mentioned on news sites in America.”

Tracy was left heartbroken after being sacked from the job.

Tracy was left heartbroken after being sacked from the job.

And it transpired the photoshoot was not the first time Tracy had posed for images in her lingerie. She had previously posed for pictures apparently taken in the team changing room.

The mobile hairdresser was reunited with her Donny Dog costume but stepped down from the role.

Mr Ryan said of Tracy’s re-instatment: “Sacking her was a bit hasty. She is a good girl and I think everyone deserves a second chance.”

The saucy photos caused a storm.

The saucy photos caused a storm.

Tracy was eventually reinstated - but later stepped down from the job permanently.

Tracy was eventually reinstated - but later stepped down from the job permanently.

The hairdresser was all smiles after being reinstated.

The hairdresser was all smiles after being reinstated.