Boxing Day is one of the great days of the English football calendar – and it certainly didn’t disappoint in 2021.
Fresh, and likely full, from their feasts on Christmas Day, supporters enjoy a bonanza of festive football, whether they’re packing into stadiums or lounging on the sofa with their leftovers.
In 1966, the craziest day in English football history took place. There were an incredible 66 goals scored in the English top flight on December 26, 1963, with players helping themselves in the penalty box.
The legendary ‘sir’ Roger Hunt netted four for Liverpool in a 6-1 win against Stoke City, the late Jimmy Greaves produced a brace in Spurs’ 4-4 draw with West Brom and Manchester United were on the receiving end of a 6-1 hammering to Burnley.
Whilst there were games called off due to COVID-19, the matches that did take place saw a whole host of goals including nine between Man City and Leicester at the Etihad Stadium.
Remarkably, at half time on Boxing Day 2021, whilst there were goals in all games, things didn’t explode into life until the restart.
Most notably at the home of the Premier League champions who were leading 4-0 at half-time.
Three goals in the space of ten minutes from James Maddison, Ademola Lookman and Kelechi Iheanacho got the Foxes back into it, but their comeback soon came to an end when Aymeric Laporte and Raheem Sterling made the points certain for Pep Guardiola’s side.
It was a game that will live long in the memory for everyone other than Leicester fans, and it promoted a brilliant reaction from the Man City manager who recognised the significance of this result in line with the bonkers Boxing day of 1963.
Despite the frantic nature of the game, the former Barcelona manager though was still very happy with his side’s performance from the match.
“Absolutely not,” when asked if he was disappointed in his side conceding three goals. “I’m not disappointed never in my team because the opponent has good actions and good qualities.”
“Overall in general the game was really good especially in the first half and good moments in the second one.”