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Is there any football on Christmas Day?

Paul Watson December 25, 2020
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Christmas Day football died out in England in 1965 and Scotland in 1976, but is there a game being played anywhere in the world to cure the festive cabin fever?

While the festive period remains a busy one for football in the UK, these days Christmas Day is a rare day off from the action, but it wasn’t always the case.

When did December 25 fixtures end in the UK?

Blackburn’s win over Blackpool in 1965 was the last time fans in England would get their football fix on December 25, while Scotland gave it up 11 years later after Clydebank v St Mirren and Alloa v Cowdenbeath fought it out while others were tucking into their turkey.

Training on Christmas Day remains commonplace for teams in the UK, especially after a bad run of form, but gone are the days when you could escape from the post-dinner lull and get down to a ground to watch some football.

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Is there any football abroad on Christmas Day?

The good news is that yes there is some football on Christmas Day. The bad news is that it may require you to go pretty far off the beaten track.

There are games in Bolivia, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey and the UAE.

So this could be the ideal time to become a passionate fan of Real Potosí or Tala’ea El-Gaish SC.

Can I watch any Christmas Day football?

Amazingly, yes you can.

If the desire to escape the family chat is great enough, Sunrise Women’s FC vs Mongar Women’s FC in the Bhutan Women’s National Championship is free to stream on Mycujoo.

Due to the time difference, the kick off is at 9am UK time, but it can keep the football withdrawal symptoms at bay.

It also seems that there could be some goals on the cards. According to the Bhutanese site Kuensel, this time last year Sunrise FC beat Mongar FC 23-0.

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Ex-youngest international football manager in world (sort of). Wrote Up Pohnpei, owned Mongolian team, organised CONIFA World Football Cup 2018 in London. Writes about footballing underdogs and travel.