Poll: Should God Save the Queen be dropped for Northern Ireland sports events - and what could replace it?
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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.
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?
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Betting to replace God Save The Queen as new English national anthem
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
Bohemian Rhapsody 66/1
Green Green Grass Of Home 80/1
Wuthering Heights 100/1
The Red Flag 500/1
Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life 1000/1
Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now 5000/1
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