Today is the famous day that English football celebrates every year and at PlayOn99 News we tell you what it is all about. History, versions and details of a festive date in Premier League.
Boxing Day in the Premier League is celebrated on December 26 of each year. Fans fill every stadium across England with the excuse of watching football. The meaning has two similar stories that come from the Middle Ages. On this date the ‘deer’ received a box from their bosses who, according to the version, had food from the day before or money.
This kindness for the time was due to the fact that they had worked the night before to prepare the Christmas dinners. In time it became a public holiday in England and the members of the Commonwealth: Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Not only is it celebrated in football, but all sports live up to the date.
In England it is a public holiday when people do not work. If the Premier League date is to be played on a Wednesday, that is the reason why we see all the stadiums full. By the 1950s, it was played at Christmas, but they realized it didn’t make sense.
From that moment they decided that almost all the matches of this day be played on December 26. There is always someone separated: this year it was Newcastle-Manchester United. At PlayOn99 News we tell you who will play at this link.
Boxing Day is a very important heritage of the Premier League. On this date there are no conferences throughout the world and that makes its value in television grow. All eyes are on a single league in the world.
It is even one of the reasons why the organization is studying suing FIFA for having put the Qatar World Cup 2022 in the summer. That year there will be no Boxing Day and the Premier League will lose millions.
In England they are trying to take measures to favor the public and make the holiday bigger: check the calendar and try to match matches with nearby teams so that fans can easily mobilize en masse.
The Best Boxing Day Ever
The first match to be played on Boxing Day was in 1888 between Preston North End and West Bromwich Albion, but the most impressive was 80 years later.
In the 1963 edition of the First Division at that time, the teams that participated in Boxing Day will never forget it. There was a total of 6.6 goals on average per game. 66 goals in 10 games.
Chelsea thrashed Blackpool 5-1 on the road. Burnley made 6-1 at Manchester United who was second at the time. Liverpool, champion of that tournament, won by the same result against Stoke. Nottingham Forest-Sheffield United and Wolves-Aston Villa drew 3-3 both games, but – as if that weren’t enough – it was overtaken by another incredible match: West Bromwich 4 – 4 Tottenham.
Sheffield Wednesday beat Bolton Wanderers 3-0 and a modest Leicester got yawning with 2-0 at Everton. Although all eyes went to two historic goals: West Ham conceded 2-8 at home against Blackburn Rovers and Fulham swept Ipswich 10-1. The latter team descended with a record: 121 goals against.