Sam Allardyce, the only England football manager with a 100% win record, has today been announced as the new face of the Bank of England’s £50 note.

The decision to use the face of Big Sam was a unanimous one, despite there being other well-known English figures in the running. Margaret Thatcher’s name was mooted by some, as was Ada Lovelace, Stephen Hawking and charity worker Jimmy Savile.

Some satire websites have this morning suggested that Alan Turing, the ‘father of computer science’ was chosen as the face of the new £50 note. However this was untrue, as Big Sam has now been confirmed on the new note.


The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, commented on the decision to choose Big Sam as the new face of the £50 note.

It was an easy decision. Big Sam’s managerial prowess is unmatched as England manager. His love of £50 notes also helped the decision.

The background design for the new £50 note also features one of Allardyce’s best-loved players, Kevin Davies (jostling with Lee Carsley). Davies exemplifies everything that is great about Allardyce’s tactics, stated Carney.

Lob it to the big lad up front. Let him do the damage. Classic managerial greatness.

There are a reported 344 million £50 notes currently in circulation, and every one of them will be replaced with notes featuring the greatest football manager in the history of the English game. Many of those £50 notes are in bags under Big Sam’s bed.

When asked to describe Big Sam in a few short words, Mark Carney added that Big Sam is…

A giant on whose shoulders so many now stand.


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