Football on Christmas Day

A festive feature for FourFourTwo magazine, this piece looks at the lost tradition of football on Christmas Day, and includes tales of drunken players, fan protests, mass riots, abandoned goalkeepers, and lots of snow.

“For football fans, the Christmas period serves up a real festive feast, with fixtures stuffed into the calendar like sage and onion into a turkey’s nether regions. Christmas Day, however, is a football-free zone, with supporters left to sit indoors and endure the Queen’s speech, cracker jokes, and kisses from elderly relatives. This wasn’t always the case as, up until the 1950s, football was traditionally played on Christmas Day…”

Originally published in the January 2014 issue of FourFourTwo.

Read the full story on the FourFourTwo website.


Published by Paul Brown

Writes about football, history, true adventure. The Guardian, Four Four Two, When Saturday Comes, The Blizzard, Longreads, Deadspin, etc. Latest book: The Ruhleben Football Association. Twitter: @paulbrownUK