I just remember two days in a row being the norm if that’s how Boxing day fell.
the two in a row 87/88 were Northampton (two goal lead squandered) on NYD followed by Rotherham at home when Crossy got a hat-trick and wasn’t too pleased about being subbed, and Chris Marsh I think made his debut as that sub, scored with his first touch, only to have it disallowed.
Worst one that season was Chesterfield away on the bank hol Monday the 28th. The coaches left ridiculously early and we ended up in at Saltergate about 1.15 in the snow. The coppers wouldn’t let us go to any pubs so literally opened the away end and made us go in, then we conceded in the first minute!! Some bloke in our end got the ball a few minutes later turned round and booted it out of the ground so he could get kicked out and go to the pub.
77/78 some loon gave us Carlisle away on Boxing Day, followed by Chester at home the day after. I remember waking up just in time to ram some brekkie down before Chester and a rare Alf Wood goal.
There were the two snow clearing efforts in the early 80’s against Huddersfield, the first was successful, but the second in the very harsh winter the year after was not when the snow was cleared to reveal a frozen pitch as we went about 6 weeks without a game.
I used to love the Christmas games at Fellows Park. Those of us that were regulars used to bring other family members along, and maybe mates that wouldn’t ordinarily go. It was a subtly different atmosphere, folks passing hip flasks, smoking Christmas cigars, getting used to wearing new scarves and coats and the inevitable Christmasy abuse that got hurled…player having a bad day always got…“you’ve had too much christmas pudding”…refs and linos “you bin on the sherry??” For some reason we were usually anticlimatically crap and often got away with a win. Boxing day 87 that Blazing refers to was typical. Grimsby were right down the bottom and forgot their kit, they had to play in red Walsall shirts as we played in white, which was very strange, and we squeeked a 3-2.