We have provided some fun Boxing Day football facts that you can quiz your family and friends during Christmas, including how many goals were scored in the famous 1963 Premier League (PL) Boxing Day fixture list!
- 1 Boxing Day football facts – How many PL goals were scored on Boxing Day 1963?
- 2 Who is on the longest Boxing Day winning streak?
- 3 Who is Boxing Day's all-time PL top scorer?
- 4 Which two current players have the most Boxing Day PL assists?
- 5 Which current player has made the most PL Boxing Day appearances?
Boxing Day football facts – How many PL goals were scored on Boxing Day 1963?
There were a staggering 66 goals scored across 10 PL fixtures on Boxing Day in 1963, at an average of 6.6 per game. This included Fulham scoring 10 at home to Ipswich, while the winners of the 1963/64 First Division title Liverpool beat Stoke 6-1 at home. The following were the results on what was a truly crazy day of festive football:
- Blackpool 1-5 Chelsea
- Burnley 6-1 Manchester United
- Fulham 10-1 Ipswich
- Leicester 2-0 Everton
- Liverpool 6-1 Stoke
- Nottingham Forest 3-3 Sheffield United
- Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Bolton
- West Brom 4-4 Tottenham
- West Ham 2-8 Blackburn
- Wolves 3-3 Aston Villa
Only seven of the teams above are involved on Boxing Day in the PL this time around: Burnley, Manchester United, Fulham, Liverpool, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United and Aston Villa. They scored a mammoth 32 goals between them in 1963, so let's hope for a similar number on its 60th anniversary!
Who is on the longest Boxing Day winning streak?
Liverpool are currently on the longest Boxing Day winning streak, having won their last six games that have fallen on 26th December. They won 3-1 at Aston Villa last season, and have also beaten Leicester (twice), Newcastle, Swansea and Burnley, who they face at Turf Moor this time around.
A repeat of the 1-0 Liverpool win in 2014 is 10/1 with current betting markets.
Who is Boxing Day's all-time PL top scorer?
Harry Kane has scored the most goals on Boxing Day, with 10 in the PL era for Tottenham in just seven matches. He moved to Bayern Munich this summer, so will not be able to add to his tally for now, but a return to England's top flight could see him protect his record further.
Kane has lit up the Bundesliga since joining, scoring no fewer than 21 goals before Christmas, and he is unsurprisingly 1/16 favourite to finish as the league's top scorer. Kane is also 14/5 second-favourite to finish as the UEFA Champions League's top scorer behind Manchester City's Erling Haaland, and has four goals in the competition so far.
Which two current players have the most Boxing Day PL assists?
Arsenal's Martin Odegaard and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah are the two current players who lead the way for Boxing Day PL assists, with four each between them in two and four appearances respectively. Odegaard does not have a chance to add to his total this time around, as Arsenal host West Ham on 28th December instead, but Salah could go clear at the top of the charts when Liverpool play Burnley.
Salah is 9/4 joint-favourite alongside team-mate Diogo Jota to record over 0.5 assists in the game with current betting markets, and could leave a parting gift before he heads to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with Egypt in January.
Which current player has made the most PL Boxing Day appearances?
Brighton's James Milner is the current player that has made the most PL Boxing Day appearances, with 14 in total. Gareth Barry is the all-time record appearance holder, with 18 Boxing Day matches played.
Milner cannot extend his tally to 15 this time around, as Brighton host Tottenham on 28th December instead.