Date:Sunday December 25 2011
On what is probably the busiest day of football in Leeds history, Vital Leeds United looks back at the clubs record on Boxing Day.
Leeds have played 71times on Boxing Day and have won 27, lost 26 and drawn 18.
Their first ever Boxing Day encounter came in 1921 when they drew 1-1 at Elland Road with Yorkshire neighbours, The Wednesday (Sheffield Wednesday) with Leeds goal coming from Jack Swann.
Leeds first ever win came in 1923 when they beat Oldham Athletic 5-0 at home. Swann was again amongst the goals for Leeds scoring twice and there was also two goals for Percy Whipp and one for Joe Richmond.
Since 1921 Leeds have played on most Boxing Day`s, with the only exceptions being,1926, 1937, the war years between 1939-45, 1948, 1954, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1971, 1976, 1981,1993 and 1995.
Leeds have a good record since the new millennium, losing just two of their eleven games. They are unbeaten in their last four, although three of these have been draws.
Six of these games have come against opposition from the Northeast.
Leeds first opponents of the new millennium were Newcastle United at St James` Park. Despite an early goal from Olivier Dacourt, Leeds lost 2-1with Nolberto Solano and Clarence Acuna both scoring inside the final five minutes of the first half.
Sunderland have been Leeds opponent on three occasions, with the games coming between 2002 and 2006.
In more recent years, Leeds have faced Hartlepool United twice and Leicester City twice.
Last season, Leeds let a two goal lead slip at Leicester. Max Gradel and Robert Snodgrass looked like claiming all three points for Leeds but goals from Paul Gallagher and Andy King inside the final twenty minutes salvaged a point for the foxes.
Leeds have only met this year`s opponents, Derby once previously on Boxing Day.
That meeting came in 1929 when Derby won 3-0 at the Baseball Ground.
Full list of games on Boxing Day
1921 DIV2 THE WEDNESDAY H D 1-1
1922 Division 2 BURY H D 0-0
1923 Division 2 OLDHAM ATHLETIC H W 5-0
1924 Division 1 Aston Villa A L 1-2
1925 Division 1 Burnley A L 3-6
1927 Division 2 Port Vale A W 2-1
1928 Division 1 Cardiff City A L 1-2
1929 Division 1 Derby County A L 0-3
1930 Division 1 BIRMINGHAM H W 3-1
1931 Division 2 BRADFORD PARK AVENUE H W 3-2
1932 Division 1 Arsenal A W 2-1
1933 Division 1 Arsenal A L 0-2
1934 Division 1 Manchester City A L 0-3
1935 Division 1 Sunderland A L 1-2
1936 Division 1 Chelsea A L 1-2
1938 Division 1 CHELSEA H D 1-1
1946 Division 1 Middlesbrough A L 0-3
1947 Division 2 LUTON TOWN H L 0-2
1949 Division 2 Barnsley A D 1-1
1950 Division 2 WEST HAM UNITED H W 2-0
1951 Division 2 LEICESTER CITY H W 2-1
1952 Division 2 Luton Town A L 0-2
1953 Division 2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST H L 0-2
1955 Division 2 NOTTS. COUNTY H W 1-0
1956 Division 1 BLACKPOOL H W 5-0
1957 Division 1 Sunderland A L 1-2
1958 Division 1 West Bromwich Albion A W 2-1
1959 Division 1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR H L 2-4
1961 Division 2 SCUNTHORPE UNITED H L 1-4
1963 Division 2 SUNDERLAND H D 1-1
1966 Division 1 NEWCASTLE UNITED H W 5-0
1967 Division 1 Sheffield Wednesday A W 1-0
1968 Division 1 NEWCASTLE UNITED H W 2-1
1969 Division 1 Newcastle United A L 1-2
1970 Division1 NEWCASTLE UNITED H W 3-0
1972 Division 1 NEWCASTLE UNITED H W 1-0
1973 Division 1 Newcastle United A W 1-0
1974 Division 1 BURNLEY H D 2-2
1975 Division 1 Manchester City A W 1-0
1977 Division 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers A L 1-3
1978 Division 1 Aston Villa A D 2-2
1979 Division 1 Middlesbrough A L 1-3
1980 Division 1 BIRMINGHAM CITY H D 0-0
1982 Division 2 Oldham Athletic A D 2-2
1983 Division 2 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN H L 1-2
1984 Division 2 Blackburn Rovers A L 1-2
1985 Division 2 Blackburn Rovers A L 0-2
1986 Division 2 SUNDERLAND H D 1-1
1987 Division 2 Manchester City A W 2-1
1988 Division 2 BLACKBURN ROVERS H W 2-0
1989 Division 2 Sheffield United A D 2-2
1990 Division 1 CHELSEA H W 4-1
1991 Division 1 SOUTHAMPTON H D 3-3
1992 Premiership Blackburn Rovers A L 1-3
1994 Premiership NEWCASTLE UNITED H D 0-0
1996 Premiership COVENTRY CITY H L 1-3
1997 Premiership Liverpool A L 1-3
1998 Premiership Newcastle United A W 3-0
1999 Premiership LEICESTER CITY H W 2-1
2000 Premiership Newcastle United A L 1-2
2001 Premiership Bolton Wanderers A W 3-0
2002 Premiership Sunderland A W 2-1
2003 Premiership ASTON VILLA H D 0-0
2004 Championship Sunderland A W 3-2
2005 Championship COVENTRY CITY H W 3-1
2006 Championship Sunderland A L 0-2
2007 League1 Hartlepool United A D 1-1
2008 League 1 LEICESTER CITY H D 1-1
2009 League 1 HARTLEPOOL UNITED H W 3-1
2010 Championship Leicester City A D 2-2
Overall playing record for 26 December:
Goals for 109
Goals against 105
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