Looking over Boxing Day games this century the fixture planners appear to give us more festive home ties. This means we do not have to venture too far having indulged on Turkey and chocolates.
So, what is in store this Boxing Day. Nantwich venture down the A51 arriving as the League Leaders with an impressive record of 6 wins, 3 draws and 2 defeats on the road. Impressive victories include Hyde, Scarborough, while their only defeats came in the same week at Witton and South Shields.
They will therefore arrive in a good frame of mind looking to increase their lead at the top. We, however, will be looking for a good home win to build on our last home game with Hednesford, and to hopefully see our fortunes chance as we enter the new year. You often find that holiday fixtures can throw up strange results, so let us see if we can get one over the side in first place.
Both goalkeepers in the game will be loanees as Nantwich have extended the loan deal of Crewe Alexandra goalkeeper Will Jaaskelainen for a further month. They also include in their squad, Callum Saunders, the son of Dean Saunders who was unable to shine for us in pre-season.
Being a holiday fixture, we are hopeful of a big attendance, building on the 600+ for the Hednesford game. The gate will be swelled by a strong contingent from Nantwich, so we need our fans out in force to again use the new Shed End as the 12th man. Obviously due to travel issues on Boxing Day the fixture planners try to give out local derby games, but this was not the case in the mid-seventies. Apart from the other local holiday games we were paired with Wigan for our Boxing Day and New Years day fixtures. One year the away game at Wigan on Boxing Day and the home game on New Years Day saw both games attract over 6000 fans. Oh, for a repeat of that.
As we almost always play a game on Boxing Day, my feature of games played on this date this century is rather larger than normal.
Games played on 26th December this century
2000 Burton Albion A 0-0 Southern League
2002 Halesowen H 4-2 Southern League
2003 Hednesford H 1-1 Southern League
2004 Altrincham H 0-1 Conference North
2005 Worcester H 1-1 Conference North
2006 Kidderminster H 1-2 Conference
2007 Burton Albion H 0-3 Conference
2008 Telford H 1-3 Conference North
2009 Telford A 1-2 Conference North
2010 No game
2011 Nantwich A 0-2 Northern Premier League
2012 Hednesford H 0-1 Northern Premier League
2013 Nantwich A 1-4 Northern Premier League
2014 Chasetown A 2-0 Northern Prem Div 1 South
2015 Chasetown H 2-1 Northern Prem Div 1 South
2016 Hednesford H 2-1 Northern Premier League
2017 Stourbridge H 1-0 Northern Premier League