Christmas has been cancelled for… Fans of Boxing Day football

CHRISTMAS has been cancelled for… It’s a stock newspaper line for those terrible moments in the weeks before December 25 when things go wrong and ruin the normal festive celebrations. This week, Christmas has been cancelled for Arsenal fans.

Why? The long-loved tradition of football matches on Boxing Day has been trampled on by some fixture arranging bod somewhere who has moved Arsenal’s match with Aston Villa to December 27. What a spoiler. There’s always footy on Boxing Day, it was designed that way as a perfect escape from leftover turkey, nonsense television and games of Trivial Pursuit. Sadly, Arsenal fans have seen so many matchday traditions wither away over the years – the marching bands, roasted peanuts, long ball tactics, singing at matches. Now they’ve lost the main treat of the day after Christmas.

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