When Liverpool scored six, Man United conceded six, Fulham scored 10 and Tottenham had an eight-goal thriller
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There were an incredible number of 66 goals scored in the England top flight on December 26, 1963
The talkSPORT commentators would have been at a loss for words if they were in the comment box 50 years ago today.
There were an astounding 66 goals scored in the England top flight on December 26, 1963, with players helping each other in the penalty area.
Maybe all the keepers enjoyed their Christmas a little too much?
Former Tottenham center-forward Terry Dyson, who played in his side’s 4-4 draw with West Bromwich Albion, said: “It was a bizarre football afternoon, without a doubt.”
It’s unlikely there will be anything like Boxing Day 1963 again, with Fulham recording their biggest league triumph to date and Ipswich their worst loss. Even in the Second Division, Man City pumped Scunthorpe 8-1.
But what were the scores of this incredible day? Find out below …
Blackpool 1-5 Chelsea
Dave Durie scored for the home side, but Chelsea were already leading 4-0 at Bloomfield Road thanks to Albert Murray, Peter Houseman and two goals from Barry Bridges. Terry Venables added a fifth.
Burnley 6-1 Manchester United
United were four points clear at the start of the day, but were beaten by four goals from Andy Lochhead and two from Willie Morgan. David Herd scored for the visitors.
Fulham 10-1 Ipswich
Alf Ramsey had led Ipswich to the title 18 months earlier, but under Jackie Milburn they were sad and had conceded 58 times before the Boxing Day clash. Graham Leggat scored four, Bobby Howfield scored a hat-trick and there were also goals from Maurice Cook, Bobby Robson and Alan Mullery. Gerry Baker scored that of the Tractor Boys and they finished the season low, scoring 121 goals in the process.
Leicester 2-0 Everton
Everton were the defending champions but were sunk by two goals from Ken Keyworth.
Liverpool 6-1 Stoke
Roger Hunt with four goals as well as strikes from Ian St John and Alf Arrowsmith put Stoke at the edge of the sword, whose goal at Anfield came from John Ritchie. The Reds won the Premier League.
Forest 3-3 Sheffield United
A brace from Mick Jones and one from Len Allchurch saw United come back from three goals after Frank Wignall, Geoff Vowden and Ian Storey-Moore put Forest ahead.
Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Bolton
It’s a win that helped keep the pace near the top on Wednesday and they were helped by Mark Pearson and a brace from Colin Dobson. At the end of the day, they were fourth, five points behind leaders Blackburn.
West Brom 4-4 Tottenham
Tottenham started the decade winning the League and Cup double and in 1963 they won the Cup Winners’ Cup – the first British team to win a European trophy – despite being finalists the previous season. Here, however, they gave the Hawthorns a 4-2 lead. Jimmy Greaves scored twice and there were strikes from Cliff Jones and Bobby Smith, but West Brom was saved by Clive Clarke, Micky Fudge, Don Howe and John Kaye.
West Ham 2-8 Blackburn
Leaders Blackburn showed their class, with Fred Pickering and Andy McEvoy both scoring hat tricks, while Mike Ferguson, Bryan Douglas scoring the others. For the home team, Johnny Byrne pocketed two.
Wolves 3-3 Aston Villa
It was 0-0 at halftime in the Midlands Derby until Tony Hateley, Vic Crowe and Dave Poutney scored for Villa, while Terry Wharton and Ray Crawford scored Wolves’ goals, the latter scoring two time.
The clubs were given the chance to get revenge, however, two days later when the matches were replayed. Arsenal’s game against Birmingham on the 26th was postponed, but played on December 28, while Stoke’s rematch against Liverpool was also called off.
Aston Villa 2 – 2 Wolves
Birmingham 1-4 Arsenal
Blackburn 1-3 West Ham
Bolton 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Chelsea 1-0 Blackpool
Everton 0-3 Leicester
Ipswich 4-2 Fulham
Man United 5-1 Burnley
Sheffield United Forest 1-2
Tottenham 0-2 West Brom
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