Presently of 12 months, it’s essential to recollect the true that means of Christmas.
It’s not concerning the presents, or the untold quantity of food and drinks. It’s about soccer.
Supporters from up and down the nation, wearing embarrassing jumpers they have to faux to love, escape to a winter wonderland of sport on December 26th annually.
However for those who’re caught inside with the kin, worry not, as a result of talkSPORT can be streaming each recreation completely dwell on our app!
To get you within the temper, talkSPORT.com performs the Ghost of Christmas Previous, taking you thru a number of the easiest fixtures from the Premier League’s favorite day of the 12 months.
So, know them higher now, and revisit some Christmas crackers as we construct as much as the following spherical of festive fixtures.
Bolton 4-Three Newcastle, 2002
Defending typically appears to take Christmas off and 2002 was no exception. When three objectives have been scored within the first ten minutes, it was clear soccer followers have been in for a festive deal with.
An Alan Shearer equaliser in between objectives from Jay-Jay Okocha and Ricardo Gardner set the tone for an exhilarating encounter. Michael Ricketts, who as soon as performed for England, scored a brace earlier than Shola Ameobi and Shearer arrange a tense end.
Charlton 4-2 Chelsea, 2003
Roman Abramovich’s first blue Christmas didnt fairly go to plan. It took Charlton simply 42 seconds to take the lead.
John Terry did equalise however the Addicks have been in winter wonderland as they cruised to a 4-1 lead with objectives from Matt Holland, Jonatan Johansson and Jason Euell.
Eidur Gudjohnsen’s comfort for the Blues did nothing to cease the Valley devoted having fun with a very merry Christmas.
Chelsea 4-Four Aston Villa, 2007
Villa have had their justifiable share of Christmas crackers on Boxing Day. With three purple playing cards and eight objectives, this one had all of it.
The Claret and Blues took a shock 2-Zero lead courtesy of a Shaun Maloney double, however Zat Knight’s purple card paved the way in which for Chelsea’s Andriy Shevchenko to bag twice and degree the scoring.
The sport regarded past ten-man Villa when Alex put Chelsea forward, however Martin Laursen equalised to make it 3-Three with 18 minutes remaining. And the pendulum swung additional in Villa’s favour when Ricardo Carvalho’s purple card evened up the numbers.
But it surely was the Blues who appeared to grab victory with a Michael Ballack free-kick.
In case you can consider it, the sport turned as soon as extra when Ashley Cole was despatched off for dealing with on the road, earlier than Gareth Barry rescued a degree leaving everybody in Stamford Bridge completely bewildered.
Aston Villa 2-2 Arsenal, 2008
It wasn’t all that way back that Villa have been difficult for the Premier League high 4.
The Gunners, in the meantime, have been hoping to strengthen their title credentials and regarded to have achieved so when objectives from Denilson and Abou Diaby put them forward both aspect of half-time.
Villa have been hoping for a Christmas miracle and it got here to them within the form of a Gareth Barry spot kick, adopted by a last-gasp equaliser by Zat Knight.
Manchester City 5-1 Hull, 2008
Boxing Day 2008 was immortalised by Phil Brown for probably the most iconic workforce talks in Premier League historical past.
The Tigers appeared to be affected by a Christmas day hangover within the first-half and located themselves 4-Zero all the way down to City at half time.
Brown sat his males down on the pitch in entrance of the travelling Hull followers and unleashed a really public verbal tirade.
It did little to vary the end result, as City nonetheless received by a cushty margin, however they did get a aim again – nice job Phil!
Manchester United 4-Three Newcastle, 2012
Boxing Day 2019 sees a repeat of this tasty fixture and if it’s something just like the 2012 version, we’re in for a deal with.
This recreation noticed Champions-elect Man United come from behind thrice to steal a dramatic victory.
James Perch gave the Magpies an early lead earlier than Jonny Evans equalised, however the United defender cancelled out his aim by then turning the ball into his personal internet, restoring Newcastle’s lead. Patrice Evra levelled as soon as once more with a low drive earlier than a Papiss Cisse particular made it 3-2.
Robin van Persie scored to make it 3-Three and Javier Hernandez scored a trademark winner to place United in entrance for the primary time within the final minute.
Harry Kane smashed Alan Shearer’s Premier League file for objectives scored in a calendar 12 months by hitting a hat-trick in Tottenham’s 5-2 mauling of Southampton.
Kane wanted just one aim to cross the 36 scored by Shearer in 1995 however the Spurs striker banged in three at Wembley to complete 2017 on an astonishing 39 objectives in 36 league matches.
Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son helped put Southampton out of sight within the second half regardless of Sofiane Boufal pulling one again at 4-Zero and substitute Dusan Tadic decreasing the deficit late on.
A controversial stoppage-time aim salvaged a 3-Three draw for Bournemouth towards West Ham in an exhilarating Premier League encounter at Dean Courtroom.
Callum Wilson was credited with the Cherries’ third after he had the ultimate contact as Nathan Ake headed goalwards. There was a suspicion of offside and handball however referee Bobby Madley finally awarded the equaliser after a prolonged dialog with assistant Simon Lengthy.
Wilson’s disputed effort cancelled out a brace from Hammers ahead Marko Arnautovic that had David Moyes’ travelling aspect anticipating victory.