The last time football was played on Christmas Day in England

Football at Christmas is one of the best times of the year for fans in England.

It’s not ideal for the players and coaches because there are games at every level coming thick and fast. But you might be able to watch your team three of even four times in little more than week in late December around the festive season.

Boxing Day football is a staple of the calendar, as is New Year’s Day. There will usually be another game in between those and one just before Christmas, depending on where the weekend falls.

The football calendar is still extremely busy around Christmas

The football calendar is still extremely busy around Christmas / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

Christmas Day itself used to be part of that, often a double header with Boxing Day when a team might play the same opponent home and away on consecutive days.

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