Seeing the family, singing along and having a big dinner on December 25 are some of the best party traditions, but when the big day passes, it’s football fans’ turn to bring the festive traditions to the streets. The English football calendar prioritizes a busy festive football season and this year is no different.
Sadly, Boxing Day football isn’t favored this year thanks to December 26 falling on a Sunday, but the National League keeps the traditional format with Gateshead welcoming Blyth Spartans to the Northern National League. Kick-off at Gateshead International Stadium is 3pm and tickets are available for booking in line.
Gateshead then makes the short trip to Darlington on December 28 before heading north for the second leg at Blyth on January 2.
The Heed enters the Christmas season in good shape with a chance to rise to the top of the New Year’s leaderboard. Having won each of their last six league games, they sit third in National League North with two games behind Brackley Town and Fylde, who are in first and second respectively.
the Northern Premier League doesn’t offer any Boxing Day action this year, but there is a series of meetups in both divisions on December 27th.
In the fourth tier of non-league football there is a local derby as Hebburn Town hosts Dunston UTS from Gateshead in a 1 p.m. kick-off south of the Tyne, while New Years Day sees South Shields play. at Scarborough Athletic at Mariners Park in the Premier League.
Elsewhere, on January 1, Dunston UTS welcomes Marske United to Gateshead.
Descending further into the pyramid, the Northern League offer fans of matches two matches over two days at North Tyneside.
Boxing Day Newcastle Benfield hosts West Allotment Celtic at their Walkergate pitch for a 12pm kick-off and there is a North Tyneside derby on December 27 when Whitley Bay makes the short trip to North Shields for a kick-off. early dispatch at 11:00 a.m.
The league will then not see any games between December 27 and January 4.