A Christmas Like No Other

Another Reminder Of What We’re Missing

In wishing all of our readers a happy and very SAFE festive period, we can hardly help but look back on what normally makes football at this time of year so special.

Boxing Day, December 27 or December 28 is probably the most eagerly anticipated date on the calendar after the opening day of a season and, with Wolves at home to Tottenham on Sunday, we can only wonder what a full and vibrant Molineux would have felt like as a way of releasing us from the Yuletide excesses.

The facts and figures spell it out, as underlined by these bumper non-derby attendances from the days when there was a bigger spread of crowds for Wolves’ home games than there is now:

32,526 for Wolves 1 Bristol City 1 (Buckley) on December 27, 1965.

Derek Dougan heads one of his match-winning brace against Everton 50 years ago this week.

30,178 for Wolves 2 Everton 0 (Dougan 2) on December 26, 1970.

33,120 for Wolves 2 Everton 0 (Hibbitt, Kindon) on December 26, 1974.

27,704 for Wolves 3 Leeds 1 (Richards 2, Patching) on December 26, 1977.

31,588 for Wolves 1 Nottingham Forest 4 (Richards) on December 26, 1980.

21,961 for Wolves 2 Burnley 0 (Eves, Gray) on December 28, 1982.

25,908 for Wolves 2 Oxford 1 (Cook pen, Keen) on December 28, 1993.

26,738 for Wolves 2 Charlton 0 (Bull, Chapple og) on December 28, 1994.

25,593 for Wolves 1 Millwall 1 (Bull) on December 26, 1995.

Kenny Miller, a festive scorer at Molineux in 2004.

26,511 for Wolves 3 Oxford 1 (Osborn 2, Goodman) on December 26, 1996.

26,238 for Wolves 1 Oxford 0 (Goodman) on December 26, 1997.

25,075 for Wolves 1 Norwich 0 (Branch) on December 28, 1999.

29,139 for Wolves 3 Leeds 1 (Smith og, Iversen 2) on December 28, 2003.

28,516 for Wolves 1 Brighton 1 (Miller) on December 28, 2004.

27,980 for Wolves 0 Reading 2 on December 26, 2005.

We will surely have these big turn-outs to look forward to again from next season, so please take good care in the meantime.

And, as Saturday is Boxing Day, we at Wolves Heroes are planning to treat ourselves to an extra festive day off this year and return on Sunday.

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