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Remembering the most mental Boxing Day of all time

Football was wild in 1963...

Every football fan in the country is hoping for some traditional Boxing Day drama.

But today would have to be something special to compete with the 1963/64 season…

Ten first division games were played on Boxing Day 1963, producing 66 goals.

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Ipswich were the Leicester of their day. Eighteen months after winning the title they crashed to a 10-1 defeat at Fulham.

Weirdly, four days later, they beat the same opponents 4-2 to really rile up the acca-addicts of the day.

The Tractor Boys were relegated at the end of the season as a punishment for their laughable inconsistency.

Terry Venables was emerging as an exciting young midfield talent and helped Chelsea to a 5-1 win at Blackpool.

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But they didn’t quite manage to finish in the top four.

4th spot went to… Spurs!

But back then it made no difference whatsoever.

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At least Spurs fans got to see their team play out a crazy 4-4 draw at West Brom, which seemed rather less crazy when the country saw the other scores.

Top of the league at the time, Blackburn cruised to an 8-2 win at West Ham, who will be hoping to do at least a bit better this Boxing Day.

The season was to end in Bill Shankly’s first title for Liverpool, who hammered Stoke 6-1.

Little did they know the Potters would get revenge 51 seasons later, turning that scoreline on its head in Steven Gerrard’s last game.


Years before Jamie Vardy, Leicester were still partying.

But nobody was paying attention as they had the front to record a routine 2-0 win over Everton.

Man United suffered a 6-1 thrashing at Burnley which would never have happened if they parked the bus…

Mourinho instructed Lukaku to instead play off the last defender's shoulder


The remaining games were none too shabby either.

Wolves drew 3-3 with Aston Villa, Notts Forest drew 3-3 with Sheffield United while Sheffield Wednesday had to make do with a comparatively dull 3-0 win over Bolton.


Back when footballers used to celebrate on Christmas Day… if you know what we mean.

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