1963 Boxing Day’s bonkers set of games revisited including 10-1 win and 66 goals

No single day of football fixtures will ever be as entertaining as Boxing Day of 1963.

Division One supporters watched 66 goals fly in across a hectic 10 fixtures, with Chelsea, Burnley, Fulham, Blackburn and Liverpool racking up memorable victories.

Blackpool, Manchester United, Ipswich, Stoke and West Ham were on the end of those damaging defeats, with recent champions Ipswich overturning a nine-goal deficit just two days later.

Daily Star Sport have taken a delve into the 10 fixtures that provided the most bonkers day of highlights in the history of Christmas fixtures – and what happened next.

Blackpool 1-5 Chelsea

Barry Bridges scored twice with Peter Houseman, Bert Murray and a young Terry Venables on target for the away side in front of 17,563 supporters at Bloomfield Road.

Peter Bonetti and Ron Harris limited the hosts to a single goal on the day, which was the first of the match from Dave Durie.

The Blues went on to finish fifth under Tommy Docherty – with the Tangerines ending up in 18th and avoiding relegation under Ron Suart.

Burnley 6-1 Man Utd

Manchester United had a fine 1963/64 season under the guidance of Matt Busby – but would end up finishing second in the table behind old rivals Liverpool.

Finishing just four points from top, their 6-1 hammering by Burnley on Boxing Day was particularly damaging, with Pat Crerand seeing red and David Herd's goal going unrewarded.

Andy Lockhead managed four on the day, with Willie Morgan grabbing two as Burnley went on to finish ninth in the table just a point behind Arsenal.

Fulham 10-1 Ipswich

In one of the most notable victories in the history of first division football, Fulham battered Ipswich by a nine-goal margin to the delight of the Craven Cottage faithful.

1963 champions Ipswich, now without England boss Sir Alf Ramsey, were humbled in west London as Graham Leggat scored three goals in just over three minutes which held the top-flight record of fastest hat-trick until Sadio Mane's effort 50-years later.

Bobby Robson was also on the scoresheet alongside Maurice Cook, Bobby Howfield (x3) and Alan Mullery before Leggat smashed home a fourth to make it 10.

In what might be even more surprising, Fulham travelled to Portman Road just two days later and ending up losing 4-2 – with Ipswich securing an 11-goal swing.

Leicester 2-0 Everton

In one of the less eventful games of the day, Leicester beat Everton 2-0 thanks to a brace from forward Ken Keyworth.

In the Foxes team that day was England hero Gordon Banks, and then went on to finish 11th in the table and secure League Cup glory in the two-legged final against Stoke City.

Everton would finish third behind only United and Liverpool, winning 21 of their 42 fixtures.

Liverpool 6-1 Stoke

Stoke traveled to Anfield on Boxing Day of 1963 and might've wished they stayed at home.

Bill Shankly went up against Tony Waddington in front of 49,942 supporters, with Ian St John grabbing an opener and Alf Arrowsmith scoring between four goals from the late great Roger Hunt.

John Ritchie scored for the opposition and had left the game even at 1-1 at half-time.

Nottingham Forest 3-3 Sheffield United

Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United battled to an entertaining draw at The City Ground as Mick Jones scored twice and Len Allchurch, from the spot, netted for the away side.

For Forest, Frank Wignall, Geoff Vowden and Ian Storey-Morroe hit the net.

Forest ended up finishing 13th in the table, with the Blades ending up one place higher in 12th.

Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Bolton


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Sheffield Wednesday brushed aside Bolton on their way to a sixth-place finish in a season which they also competed in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Vic Buckingham's men got the better of Bill Ridding's side at Hillsborough in front of 30,532 fans.

Colin Dobson scored twice with Mark Pearson grabbing the other.

West Brom 4-4 Tottenham

West Brom and Tottenham shared eight goals at The Hawthorns in December of 1963.

Jimmy Greaves, Bobby Smith, gave the away side a 2-0 lead, with John Kaye getting the home side back into it before Cliff Jones made it 3-1.

Clive Clark reduced the deficit before Greaves grabbed his second, with Micky Fudge and Don Howe securing a point for the hosts with West Brom finishing 10th and Spurs in fourth.

West Ham 2-8 Blackburn

Blackburn were big winners at Upton Park the day after Christmas, hitting eight past West Ham having led by four goals to one at the break.

Fred Pickering scored a treble as dig Andy McEvoy, with Bryan Douglas and Mike Ferguson getting in on the act. Johnny Byrne grabbed two for the hosts.

The Hammers would end up in 14th and winning the FA Cup, with Blackburn in seventh.

Wolves 3-3 Aston Villa

Wolves and Aston Villa met in a Boxing Day derby, and ended up doing the distance.

Tony Hateley, Vic Crowe and Dave Pountney all scored for the away side, with in front of a crowd of 27,569.

Wolves ended up finishing 16th, three places ahead of Villa.

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