More than 60,000 England fans sign petition demanding Bank Holiday

Make Monday a BANK HOLIDAY! 60,000 England fans sign petition demanding the day off after Super Sunday when Three Lions play first final since 1966 – as supporters battle to book pub tables and finalise plans for big game

  • Petition on Parliamentary site for Bank Holiday on Monday signed 60,000 times
  • It comes after England beat Denmark 2-1 yesterday to secure a place in the final
  • They face tough Italy side in the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley on Sunday night  

More than 60,000 optimistic England fans have signed a petition demanding a day off if England win Euro 2020.

The petition calls for Monday to be made a Bank Holiday if the Three Lions triumph against Italy at Wembley on Sunday.

It comes as England beat Denmark 2-1 in extra time last night to secure a spot in their first major international final since 1966.

Meanwhile, England fans today face a desperate rush to book a space at a pub after Gareth Southgate’s side set up the mouth-watering clash.

The day is now being dubbed as ‘Super Sunday’ for the hospitality industry – with the Wimbledon final also due to take place on the same day.

However, Boris Johnson today appeared to pour cold water on plans for a Bank Holiday, saying it would be ‘tempting fate’.

Meanwhile one Tory MP remarked to MailOnline ‘we haven’t won anything yet’.

Asked about the possibility of a Bank Holiday, the Prime Minister told Sky News: ‘I think that would be tempting fate. Let’s see what happens.’ 

More than 60,000 optimistic England fans have signed a petition demanding a day off if England win 2020

England fans today face a desperate rush to book a space at a pub after England’s victory over Denmark last night set up a Super Sunday for the hospitality industry

Venues across the country are expected to be packed-out – as much as they can be under Covid rules – this weekend when England face Italy in the Euro 2020 final

But with restrictions such as capacity limits and table service still set to be in place, spaces are already going fast

England fans across the country spent an astonishing £75,000-a-minute on drinks last night, new figures have revealed.

Pubs, bars and venues were pulling 20,393 pints a minute as England played Denmark in the semi-final of Euro 2020, according to overnight data from financial app Revolut.

Overall spending was up 50.1% compared to the average Wednesday last month.

Punters spent £24.02 (6.5 pints) each on average, while the average size of a round was £14.42.

25-34 year old men spend the most last night, closely followed by 35-44 year old men and 25-34 year old women.

Bournemouth took the crown as the biggest spending region, followed by Romford in second place and Stevenage in third place. 


It comes as the petition calling for the Bank Holiday reached more than 60,000 signatured.

The petition, which was set up on the official Parliamentary petition page prior to England’s semi-final victory, reads: ‘England may be playing a European Championship Final at 8pm on Sunday 11th July. 

‘It would be beneficial and sensible to give the country the day off the next day if England win, in the form of an extra Bank Holiday Monday.’ 

The petition echoed calls on social media, with fans taking to Twitter to call for a Bank Holiday. 

One said: ‘Come on Boris. Announce a special bank holiday Monday and a full house at Wembley Stadium.’ 

Another put: ‘If we win the Euros we deserve a bank holiday.’ 

Meanwhile, pubs and bars across the country are expected to be packed-out – as much as they can be under Covid rules – this weekend when England face Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

But with restrictions such as capacity limits and table service still set to be in place, spaces are already going fast.

Some savvy England supporters already secured their places at their favourite watering-holes weeks ago – with many venues already fully booked. 

It comes as Box Park venues – which have become synonymous with images of football-mad England fans celebrating during this year’s Euro’s campaign – are set to release details of their ticket ballots later today.

Wetherspoon bosses also confirmed to MailOnline today that they will not be taking bookings – and will operate a first come first serve policy on Sunday. 

Meanwhile, other England fans are planning to watch the game at home, instead opting for a few beers and a barbeque. 

Taking to Twitter to speak about the rush for pub seats, one fan wrote: ‘Finally found something that is equally as challenging as childbirth… trying to book a pub in London to watch and England match.’ 

Another, including a video of a woman furiously typing away on a keyboard wrote: ‘Me rushing to book a pub and buy every bit of England merch I can find.’

Here are some venues where you can still book a table to watch Sunday’s Euro 2020 final 

The Refinery Bankside – Southwark St, London, SE1 0TF 

The Happenstance – Paternoster Sq., London, EC4M 7DX

The Sipping Room West India Quay – Hertsmere Rd, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4A 

Hare and Hounds – Upper Richmond Road, East Sheen, SW14 8AH 

Hope & Anchor – Acre Lane Brixton London SW2 5UA

Lola’s Underground Casino at The Hippodrome Casino  – Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square WC2H 7JH 

Also – Wetherspoon has today confirmed to MailOnline it will not be taking bookings for their venues.

That means it is first come first serve to England fans wishing to watch the game. 

 Others spoke about their plans to stay at home on Sunday, with one fan writing on Twitter: ‘Let’s go!! Time to get excited, get the BBQ read, beers in, shots in.

‘Whatever happens Sunday I am going to witness England play in a major final.’ 

Another added: ‘My family are having an England themed BBQ on Sunday.’ 

It comes as pubs across the country are already fully booked for Sunday’s Euro 2020 final – before England had even reached the final.  

One fan wrote: ‘Not being able to book a pub in London for the Euros semis or final is absolutely gutting.’

Another said: ‘I literally can’t find any.’

While a third added: ‘You know what I hate about England getting so far…. Can’t get a f***ing table in a pub playing the game anywhere… the final date has been booked in all pubs over checked since the group stages and no chance of getting anywhere for Wednesday.’

Huddl, Nottingham’s newest sports bar, says all its tables are fully booked out while the city’s Southbank City has just one table left for the final.

In Portsmouth, The Old Customs House is fully booked out for the final while there is an ‘awful lot of booking’ for the final at The Baffins. Several other city bars have also revealed that they have no seats left for the final or semi-final matches.

Steve Haslam, owner of the Bread and Cheese in Thundersley, Essex says his phone has been ringing every 90 seconds with fans keen to book a space in the pub’s fan zone.

Mr Haslam says they will be forced to open a second zone to accommodate the overwhelming demand. 

However MailOnline found some venues that do still have seats available on Sunday.

The Hope & Anchor in Brixton is said to have availability, as is the The Refinery Bankside and the Hare and Hounds in Upper Richmond.

 ‘Call your boss, you’re not going into work tomorrow’: ITV’s Sam Matterface is likened to 1966 pundit Kenneth Wolstenholme over his rallying cry for England fans to take today off… and supporters have done just that

England fans last night got an unexpected treat when commentator Sam Matterface said they could ‘have the day off’ after the Three Lions reached the final of Euro 2020.

The clearly elated commentator, 43, launched into an emotive monologue as England closed in on a 2-1 extra-time victory against Denmark in yesterday’s semi-final.

But with the emotions running high his speech spilled into the bizarre, as he encouraged ITV viewers to ring their bosses and take the day off.

He said: ‘I tell you what, if this comes off, you can do what you want tonight. You’ve had a terrible 16-months.

‘Kids you can stay up, don’t you dare go to bed. The rest of you call your boss, you ain’t coming in in the morning.

‘You deserve this, England deserves this. Feel it, ride it. All that pent up emotion which is 50 seconds away. 

‘Just try to be safe and follow the rules, or I’m going to be in one hell of a lot of trouble.’  

The amusing moment was picked up on Twitter, where fans made tongue-in-cheek comments about not going into work today.

Others drew comparisons to legendary commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme, who famously uttered the immortal words: ‘They think it’s all over… it is now’, after England’s 1966 World Cup win.

One Twitter user said: ‘Phoned my boss to say I’m not coming in to work tomorrow cos Sam Matterface said so. I’m not going in an hour early.’ 

Commentator Sam Matterface embarked on an emotive post-match monologue as England fans celebrated their 2-1 extra time victory against Denmark last night

Another, Tom Brooks, wrote: ‘Sorry boss, won’t be into work tomorrow because Sam Matterface told me it’s okay.’

Dave Flynn, imitating a conversation between a boss and employee, wrote: ‘Why didn’t you show up for work today? Sam Matterface told me I didn’t have to.’

Another added: ‘So no one is at work tomorrow thanks to Sam Matterface and ITV.’

One Twitter user put: ‘Result. Day off work tomorrow thanks to Sam Matterface.’

Another joked: ‘Sam Matterface single handedly destroying the UK economy by telling everyone not to go to work tomorrow.’ 

Twitter user, Paddy, added: ‘Well, that’s different! And, according to Sam Matterface, I now have carte blanche to do whatever I want and not to go to work tomorrow. I’m sure those vulnerable people will take care of themselves.’

Others drew comparisons to the legendary commentator Wolstenholme and his famous line from England’s 1966 World Cup final win over Wembley – also at Wembley.

Just as the final whistle was about to blow in that game the commentator said the now immortalised words: ‘Some people are on the pitch… they think it’s all over… it is now!’.

However, the comparisons were not so friendly, with Scotsman columnist Martyn McLaughlin saying: ‘Sam Matterface’s attempts to hit on his Kenneth Wolstenholme moment are lurching from the desperate to the inane.’

Another, writer and broadcaster Carrie Dunn put: ‘Matterface thinks he’s going to be the new Wolstenholme.’

And another Twitter user added: ‘Love how Sam Matterace went for his Kenneth Wolstenholme moment in the closing seconds and ended up at Charlie Nicholas.’

It comes as England’s footballers ended their 55-year wait for a major final last night – and are just 90 minutes from Euro 2020 glory after a nerve-shredding extra-time win over Denmark at Wembley.

More than 66,000 people – joined by Prince William, Boris Johnson and a who’s who of celebrities – packed the stands in Britain’s biggest post-pandemic crowd.

And those fans played a crucial role as they roared their Three Lions heroes home – the 2-1 semi-final win coming by way of a Harry Kane goal in extra time.

Gareth Southgate’s man now face Italy on Sunday.  England won a controversial penalty for a trip on Raheem Sterling and though captain Kane saw his effort saved by Danish keeper Kasper Schmeichel the striker was first to pounce on the rebound, slamming the ball home and sending fans into dreamland.

England are one game from glory, as they now face a final with Italy at Wembley on Sunday after beating Denmark 2-1 last night

Kane celebrates with team mates after scoring their side’s second goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 match

Twenty tension-filled minutes later, the final whistle sounded and Wembley – and millions watching at home – burst into a national chorus of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline, with the PM and wife Carrie among those joining in.

It sets up that final against Italy, back at Wembley on Sunday evening. But for the fans, last night was all about ending the decades-long wait for a first final since the 1966 World Cup.

As the victory was confirmed, shirtless fans packed into London’s Trafalgar Square fan zone sprayed beer over each other, singing ‘It’s Coming Home’ and praising manager Gareth Southgate’s team.

Vic Richards, 22, from Croydon, south London, said: ‘I’m still trying to compute what happened, I’ve never seen England make a final.

‘It’s beautiful, it’s unbelievable, I love this country, the players gave it their all. This is an historic occasion, we may never see this again – now we can start to believe.’

Other fans collapsed onto the ground crying with joy or partied on the tables. Oliver Ways, 28, from Mitcham, said: ‘This time it’s coming home, the momentum is with us, I don’t care what anyone says. I’m so drunk but I don’t care – the game was just how we wanted it.

‘I can’t believe I’m saying this but England are in a final!’

England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates after England beat Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley

The Duke of Cambridge in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final match at Wembley Stadium

England fans soaked up the atmosphere at Box Park in Croydon last night as England beat Denmark to reach the Euro 2020 final

The atmosphere inside and outside the ground had been rousing and good-natured.  England players took the knee before kick-off in support of anti-racism, but no boos could be heard. ITV commentators described the ‘buzz’ and ‘sense of occasion’ which could be felt in the massive stadium.

Pubs across Britain had been packed out for the match, with 6.8million pints expected to be poured, and fans spilled out onto the streets after the final whistle. In London around 20 people were arrested.

Fans blocked roads and clambered over a stranded bus in jubilant scenes before being moved on by police to continue their celebrations.

As the result sank in, Prince William, the FA president, led the congratulations. The Duke had cheered England on alongside wife Kate and son Prince George last week but was forced to watch yesterday’s game alone as the Duchess was isolating after a covid Test-and Trace alert.

But in a tweet from the KensingtonRoyal Twitter account, the couple said: ‘What a game, what a result! A huge team effort @England. The whole country will be behind you on Sunday. #ItsComingHome.’

Mr Johnson wrote on Twitter after the game: ‘Tonight @England played their hearts out. What a fantastic performance from Gareth Southgate’s squad. Now to the final. Let’s bring it home.’

Also congratulating the England victory, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted a picture of himself celebrating as he watched the semi-final match on TV, with the hashtag: ‘#ItsComingHome’.

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