Why Are Premier League Christmas Matches Called ‘Boxing Day’?

Published 12/23/2021, 2:19 PM EST
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It’s that time of the year again when Premier League fans get to enjoy a full day of sport. Boxing Day is almost here, and fans around the world would get to see their favourite teams battle it out, all on the same day. However, what really is boxing day?

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Boxing Day falls on December 26th every year and has been a celebrated national holiday in England since 1871. It was originally a day where Christmas gift boxes were handed out to staff members from their employers in the Victorian Era. However, it’s primarily a shopping holiday now.

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Sport and its connection to Boxing Day in England

It also has huge importance in the world of sports as well. Aside from football, there are several other sports like Cricket (the boxing day test), Rugby, and Ice Hockey. Some key Rugby clashes like Llanelli vs London Welsh and Leicester vs The Barbarians also are held on Boxing Day.

However, there is no boxing done on Boxing Day, at least in England. Some boxing matches do take place in a few African Commonwealth countries like Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania.

Premier League matches on Boxing Day

In football, all the football teams from all the leagues play their matches on the same day. This time around, eight Premier League matches were organised unlike the ten every year. However, two of the games had to be cancelled due to Watford FC and Leeds United suffering from the fallout of COVID 19.

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As a result, only eight games will be played on Boxing day with Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Watford and Liverpool vs Leeds United being postponed. Regardless, there are still six great matches to be played on Sunday with Manchester City vs Leicester City being the heavyweight clash. Aston Villa vs Chelsea is another game that Premier League fans will be looking forward to.

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The results of the two matches will go a long way in determining who will top the league table as currently, Manchester City are sitting at the top of the table with a lead of 3 points over second-place Liverpool.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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