Christmas Day is a wonderful time to spend our family and friends, but let’s be honest if your a hardcore Premier League fan, having a few beers with your mates and watching game after game on Boxing Day has become just as much of an institution as the day it follows.
With that in mind we have taken a look at five of the best ever Premier League Boxing Day fixtures.
Sheffield Wednesday 3 – 3 Manchester United (1992)
Where else to start but with the inaugural Premier League season of 1992/1993. A Chris Waddle inspired Sheffield Wednesday raced into a 3-0 first-half lead to leave Alex Ferguson staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat.
However, Scotland international Brian McClair would give United hope with two second-half headers, before United legend Eric Cantona scored a late goal to seal a memorable comeback. Ferguson’s men would go on to win their first league title in 26 years that season and his side would go on to become famed for rescuing games from seemingly impossible positions.
Coventry City 3 – 2 Arsenal (1999)
Some younger readers might find this hard to believe, but yes, there was a time when Coventry City was a Premier League side, and they had some pretty handy players too.
However, reigning Champions Arsenal were still heavy favourites when they arrived at Highfield Road in 1999. Gordon Strachan’s Sky Blues had different ideas though and caused a huge upset with goals from Gary McAllister, Mustapha Hadji, and a fresh faced young striker named Robbie Keane.
Chelsea 4 – 4 Aston Villa (2007)
Just a bonkers game of football at Stamford Bridge, with enough madness to snap anybody out of a Turkey and Beer induced coma. In a truly breathless encounter in which there would be eight goals, two penalties, three sendings off, and the lead swapped hands on no less than six occasions. Just watch the video!
Aston Villa 2-2 Arsenal (2008)
Just a year later Martin O’Neill’s Aston Villa would once again be involved in one of the most memorable Boxing Day games in living memory. Despite their current Championship status, back then the Villains were regular challengers for the top four and Villa Park was one of the toughest places to visit in the Premier League.
O’Neill’s men flew out of the traps, although they would find themselves undeservedly 2-0 down after 49 minutes, with Denilson and Abou Diaby netting for Arsene Wenger’s side.
However, roared on by the home crowd, Villa would strike back via a Gareth Barry penalty, before centre-back, Zat Knight lashed home in the last minute to share the spoils in what was an action-packed affair.
Manchester United 4 – 3 Newcastle United 2012
A full 20 years on from Man United’s epic comeback against Sheffield Wednesday, Fergie’s side would be in the thick of the Boxing Day drama once again. Alan Pardew’s Newcastle would shock Old Trafford by taking the lead on three occasions in what was Sir Alex’s final season as United boss.
However, when Robin Van Persie slotted home to tie the scores at 3-3 it almost felt inevitable that the home side would on to win the game and break Geordie hearts.
Mexican strike Javier Hernandez duly obliged when in the 90th minute he stroked home Michael Carrick’s excellent pass to send Old Trafford wild in celebration.