Christmas is a busy time of year for many and not least for our team as the games over the festive period come in thick and fast and we all get behind the lads at this crucial time in our double derby day games.
Tradition has it that games used to be played on Christmas Day itself as well as Boxing Day.
This made a lot of sense, particularly in the early years. Christmas Day was a rare public holiday and football was one of the few entertainments available. There would be a full programme of fixtures on Christmas Day and, usually, another full programme on Boxing Day.
The first Football League match to be played on Christmas Day was Preston North End versus Aston Villa in 1889. This was a real Christmas cracker, and 9,000 spectators postponed their turkey dinners to see it, making it one of the highest-attended games the fledgling league had seen.
The Boxing Day fixture is now as much a part of the Christmas traditions as left-over turkey and mince pies and one that we always look forward too.
Probably the most famous Christmas Day football match took place in 1914 when one of the deadliest conflicts in human history was paused for a kickabout. The First World War 'Christmas Truce' saw troops along the Western Front exchange gifts, sing carols, and play football. The match has attained mythical status, but letters from soldiers provide evidence that it did take place and this year the Club Chairman and his family visited the site it took place upon and on behalf of the club placed a club badge and poppy in remembering the fallen in this Centenary year.
We wish all our fans, friends and our extended football family a wonderful Christmas.
And we look forward to an exciting New Year and second half of the season.
Updated 20:04 - 24 Dec 2017 by OL 2