Sheffield United fans petition for Chris Wilder’s face to be printed on new Bank of England £50 note

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A new polymer £50 note will be introduced in the U.K. - and Sheffield United fans have started a petition to have Chris Wilder’s face on the new note.

The £5 and £10 notes have already been switched to polymer, which helps improve security and longevity. The £20 note, to feature artist JMW Turner, will be changed in 2020.

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The Bank of England will invite nominations from the public for the characters who will appear on the new note, which is set to be released after the £20 - and Blades fans have started a tongue-in-cheek petition to have Wilder’s face adorn the new note.

Jarrad Swath, who started the online petition on the Change.org website, said: "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 has featured a Blade. In the interests of equality and common sense, who would be more appropriate to feature than the current Sheffield United manager?"

Blades boss Chris Wilder

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Currently the £50 note, issued in November 2011, features James Watt and Matthew Boulton.

Soccer AM's official Twitter account also mocked-up a design for the new £50 note featuring Sheffield's England international, Harry Maguire.