On This Day – Final Full Programme on Christmas Day

25-12-1957 The last full programme of Christmas Day games in England was played in 1957.  The tradition was to play back-to-back games on Christmas and Boxing Day. An example of the hectic Christmas schedule was Manchester United who won 3-0 against Luton Town at Old Trafford on Christmas Day before they traveled to Kenilworth Road for the opposite fixture the following day, that ended 2-2. After a days rest United contested the Manchester derby in front of 70,483 at Maine Road on the 28th of December. The game ended 2-2. Bobby Charlton and Denis Viollet scored for United.

The Christmas fixtures attracted large crowds and where often high scoring. Here’s the First Division results from Christmas Day 1957:

  • Blackpool 5 Leicester 1
  • Burnley 2 Manchester City 1
  • Chelsea 7 Portsmouth 4
  • Everton 1 Bolton 1
  • Manchester Utd 3 Luton 0
  • Newcastle 1 Nottingham Forest 4
  • Sheffield Wednesday 4 Preston 4

Jimmy Greaves, who had started his career at Stamford Bridge in August 1957, scored a hat-trick in Chelsea’s 7-4 win over Pompey, aged 17 and 10 months.

Photo: Cafemama

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