Amid Boxing Day’s cobwebs…opportunity lingers

  BOXING DAY is a strange football occasion. People hand out greetings as if they haven’t seen each other for decades, talking about a single day’s eating and drinking to excess as if it was a once-in-a-lifetime event and men bring their wives to football for the one and only time in the season. It’s an odd ritual, especially when the previous game might have been just a few days earlier. And when kick-off times are altered, in this case, 1pm, everyone wanders around bleary-eyed and disorientated. “So this is what the ground looks like before 3pm?”. Boxing Day matches … Continue reading Amid Boxing Day’s cobwebs…opportunity lingers

Do we really need Boxing Day football?

BY THE end of the English football season, players are worn out. When any England side goes to a major tournament, invariably there are injury victims that cannot make the trip or are included in the squad with the hope of getting them fit in time for when the action gets underway. Kevin Keegan, Trevor Brooking, Wayne Rooney and Bryan Robson are just four of the names that have missed major competitions through injury. English football has prided itself on the attritional nature of its domestic game. But it may well have contributed to the poor performances on the world … Continue reading Do we really need Boxing Day football?