Dec 23
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Christmas Day football was one of the great traditions of the English game and through until the 1920s, the Christmas Day home fixture was often the occasion when clubs attracted one of their highest home gates of the season. That tradition was still popular into the 1950s but effectively disappeared altogether by the end of that decade. Its decline was sudden: Christmas Day 1957 saw a near full round of fixtures: 37 out of a maximum 46 games took place; in 1959 there were just two games.

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Nov 13
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Until relatively recent times the FA Cup final provided the real climax to the English football season. From the early 1890s onwards (and probably from before this time) the magic of The Cup meant that FA Cup ties, particularly in the latter stages of the competition, were often played in a carnival atmosphere. Fans wore fancy dress, teams had lucky mascots (often live animals in the pre-World War One era) and huge crowds attended the matches.   Fans created their own songs, often adaptations of popular music hall songs of the day.

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Nov 11
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Donald Bell was the only English professional footballer to win the Victoria Cross during the First World War. This article offers detail on his sporting career, particularly during his time as a student in London, and his football career on his return to Yorkshire.

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