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More than 20,000 people have signed a petition to put a picture of Leicester City’s England international Harry Maguire riding an inflatable unicorn on the new £50 note.
The picture, which shows the centre half thoroughly enjoying himself on his inflatable steed, went viral during the summer’s 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The petition was started by Twitter user @JonnyGabriel after the Bank of England asked for the public’s help in choosing someone to feature as “the face” of the new £50 notes, which are set to be released later this year.
— Online Joker Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) October 15, 2018
In the petition, it reads:
“The Bank of England are redesigning the £50 following the successful redesign of the £5, £10, and £20 notes.
“None of these notes so far have featured a World Cup semi finalist floating on a mythical creature, and in the interests of football’s attempts to come home, who would be more appropriate to feature than Harry Maguire riding an inflatable unicorn?”
The current £50 note features images of steam engine visionaries and prolific manufacturers Matthew Boulton and James Watt on either side, and it feels apt that those industrial revolution pioneers could be followed onto minted paper by a member of England’s latest footballing revolution – Harry Maguire.
Selecting a player who has a fondness for “steaming in” to score from set pieces, would also be a fitting tribute to Boulton and Watt.
With support for the petition starting to swell, the new £50 note featuring a mythological beast on top of a unicorn could flood the nation soon. You add your name to the petition here.
Twitter has been awash with positive feedback about the proposition:
Harry Maguire and a Unicorn are making the news again pic.twitter.com/GtBUO9hMPS
— Liam McNulty (@liamlcfc88) October 17, 2018
If you do one thing today, make sure it’s this. Sign this petition to get harry maguire riding an inflatable unicorn on the new £50 note. https://t.co/qUiXOOhPYP
— Rooter (@scottroots) October 17, 2018
— E-Sunderland (@e_sunderland) October 17, 2018
The petition to make Margaret Thatcher the face of the £50 note has currently got 11,259 signatures. The petititon to get England and Leicester centre back Harry Maguire riding an inflatable unicorn on the £50 note has 15,807.
— Adam Payne (@adampayne26) October 17, 2018
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