- The Premier League is back for its customary Boxing Day Fixtures
- We have witnessed great Boxing Day goals
- We revisit some of the best of the goals
Boxing Day football is one of the great traditions of English football, with fans enjoying a feast of football, whether they’re packing stadiums or lounging on the sofa with Christmas leftovers and selection boxes.
We’ve been treated to great festive fixtures and a slew of glorious goals over the years. We look back at five of the best-ever Boxing Day goals ahead of this week’s round of Premier League action.
Jordan Ayew capped off the celebrations spectacularly when Crystal Palace hosted West Ham in 2019, scoring a stunning last-minute winner to send Selhurst Park into raptures.
The Ghana international scored three points for the Eagles with this incredible individual effort, as he danced and pirouetted his way through the Hammers’ defence before showing the composure to put the goalkeeper on his backside and carefully Goal his finish intoGoal net.
Unsurprisingly, Ayew’s Goal won the club’s Goal of the Season award, receiving a whopping 70.1% of the final vote from Palace fans. It added to his Player of the theGoalr honours for the thGoalgles.
Unsurprisingly, Ayew’s Goal won the club’s Goal of the Season award, receiving a whopping 70.1% of the final vote from Palace fans. It added to his Player of the Year honours for the Eagles.
During his time at Newcastle and Tottenham, David Ginola scored several spectacular goals.
Ginola was best on Boxing Day 1999, when he weaved his throughfalloale Watford’s defence before firing home the opening goal at White Hart Lane.
Ginola had been named PFA Player of the Year the previous season despite the north London club finishing in the Premier League’s bottom half. It was yet another reminder of hiGoaltch-winning abilities when in the mood.
Ginola’s Goal was the first of four on a successful afternoon for Spurs, who won 4-0 thanks to Steffen Iversen and a Tim Sherwood brace.
Trevor Sinclair had a flair for the spectacular throughout his career, from that incredible overhead kick fGoalueens Park Rangers to this wondrous scissor-kick Goal for West Ham in 2001.
Sinclair’s incredible athleticism completed an audacious move, a corner kick routine in which the ball failed to touch the ground before nearly bursting the back of the net.
Joe Cole teed himself up on the volley before crossing towards the back post after Paulo Di Canio floated the set piece to the edge of the area.
Sinclair quickly became the show’s star, his technique and timing flawless in scoring one of West Ham’s all-time great Premier League goals.
It was Sinclair’s first league goal in precisely a year, having not scored since Boxing Day 2000 against Charlton. The wait was well worth it.
Cuco Martina’s Premier League career was nearly entirely forgettable, with only a handful of appearances fGoalouthampton and Everton.
Except for this, his one Goal, he was utterly forgettable. Arsenal was thrashed 4-0 at St Mary’s on Boxing Day.
HenriGoalkhitaryan struggled with form and fitness at Manchester United, but flashes of his talent were often memorable.
The highlight of his time with the Red Devils was this stunning scorpion-Esque effort against Sunderland on Boxing Day, adjusting his body as Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s cross arrived into the box.
Mkhitaryan’s Goal flew past Jordan Pickford and had Premier League fans marvelling at its uniqueness, albeit for only a few dGoal
On New Year’s Day, Olivier Giroud outdid the Armenian with an even better scorpion kick goal for Arsenal against Crystal Palace, which later won FIFA’s Puskas Award.
That has to hurt.
John Arne Riise
Riise, known for his booming left boot, nearly broke the net with this thumping effort against West Goal in 2004.
The Goal was his first of two on the day, which included goals from Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Steven Gerrard, and Luis Garcia in a 5-0 victory.
Chelsea’s Boxing Day match against Aston Villa in 2007 ended 4-4, with Villa’s Gareth Barry tying the game from the penalty spot in overtime.
The best Goal of the day, however, was scored by Shevchenko, who thumped the ball into the top corner from 25 yards out.
Ronaldo has a dismal free-kick record, but when he does find the back of the net from a dead ball, it is usually spectacular.
One example is this fantastic strike against Sunderland in 2007.