Petition For A Bank Holiday If England Win The World Cup Passes 165,000 signatures

We've already reported on the hangovers England fans can expect the day after each of England's victories in the World Cup knockout stages.

This is, of course, in no way connected with how our writers may or may not have been feeling themselves at the time.

But if you're worried about the hangover you might have to experience if the previously unimaginable happens and football does, indeed, come home, here's some good news - there's a petition in the works to make the following day a national holiday.

England fans celebrating Harry Maguire's goal. Credit: PA
England fans celebrating Harry Maguire's goal. Credit: PA

At the time of writing, over 165,000 people have signed the petition, too, which means that it must be considered for debate in Parliament. One suspects that, should England win, the debate will not last long.

In fact, we'd be amazed if there were any MPs there to debate it at all - if they're as patriotic as the rest of us, they'll be at home nursing soft bonces as well.

The petition - entitled 'If England win the world cup, the Monday should be made a bank holiday for 2018' - is growing by the minute.

The reasoning for this hefty political debate is simple: "We need this for all those supporting England as the next day will not be pleasant for all fans".


The petition was started by someone called Liam Betson, but frankly the idea is one that plenty of people have been nurturing for a long time.

It seems like the choice would be between declaring a national holiday and letting people skip work guilt-free or not declaring one and having the largest sick day in decades.

England fans
England fans

In fact, any office that did enforce attendance would only staff themselves with a load of hungover, distracted workers anyway, right?

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been well ahead of the curve on this one. He called for a bank holiday a few days ago, with a Labour statement that read: "The progress of the England team in the world cup is very exciting for people across the country.

"Obviously we need not to get ahead of ourselves. Jeremy believes that if England were to win the World Cup, there should be a public holiday in celebration."

Your move, Theresa May.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Mike Wood

Mike Meehall Wood is a freelance journalist and translator. He writes for LADbible, VICE and countless sports publications, focusing on rugby league, football and boxing. He is a graduate of Leeds University and maintains a fizzy pop obsession. Contact Mike at [email protected]

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