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Sunday 29 May 2016

Poll: Should God Save the Queen be dropped for Northern Ireland sports events - and what could replace it?

Email us your suggestions to digital.editorial@Belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Published 14/01/2016

Should Northern Ireland have its own anthem? Pic Presseye/Freddie Parkinson.
Should Northern Ireland have its own anthem? Pic Presseye/Freddie Parkinson.

Westminster MPs are to debate a motion calling for England sports teams to have a new national anthem instead of the 'God Save the Queen'.

'God Save the Queen', the UK’s national anthem, is usually used to represent English teams and athletes during competitions.

What should Northern Ireland's alternative anthem be?

But Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins thinks England deserves its own anthem - given how Wales and Scotland have their own - with the Bill he proposed due to be debated in Parliament.

Perkins insists he has no major issue with ‘God Save the Queen’, it’s just it is the national anthem of the UK and not England.

Jerusalem is the favourite, should the England opt for a change.

A change could have serious implications in Northern Ireland.

Already the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games team, ‘Danny Boy’ is their official anthem and 'Ireland's Call' is played ahead of the rugby team's games.

Only a few years ago Northern Ireland football legend Gerry Armstrong was commissioned to conduct an investigation to see if the changing of 'God Save the Queen' would prevent players from the nationalist community from opting for the Republic of Ireland.

The overwhelming response was that changing the anthem would not persuade them to stay with Northern Ireland.

The English National Anthem Bill on paper has nothing to do with Northern Ireland but, as the Irish FA concede, it’s very unlikely Northern Ireland would continue with 'God Save the Queen' if they were the only country from the UK left using it ahead of international fixtures.

On the BBC's Stephen Nolan radio show this morning there was debate on what should replace God Save the Queen if Northern Ireland was to get its own national anthem for sporting occasions.

'Danny Boy', Snow Patrol's 'Chasing Cars', The Undertones 'Teenage Kicks' ,Stiff Little Fingers 'Alternative Ulster' and even the terrace chant 'We're not Brazil, We're Northern Ireland' were raised as possible alternatives.

But what's your suggestions?

If Northern Ireland was to have it's own anthem would should it be?

Send us your suggestions to digital.editorial@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Betting to replace God Save The Queen as new English national anthem

Jerusalem                                  Evens

Land Of Hope And Glory            3/1

There’ll Always Be An England    5/1

I Vow To Thee, My Country      8/1

Swing Low Sweet Chariot         12/1

Rule Britannia                           12/1

Three Lions                              33/1     

Heroes                                     50/1

Bohemian Rhapsody                66/1

Green Green Grass Of Home     80/1

Wuthering Heights                   100/1

Masterplan                               200/1

The Red Flag                            500/1

Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life         1000/1

Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now                  5000/1

Vindaloo                                                        10000/1

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