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Monday 24th December 2018

St. Mirren

Christmas Day football

It seems an unlikely scenario now but Scottish football was played on Christmas Day in the past, most recently in season 1976/77...

Most of the card was switched but two games went ahead on Saturday December 25, 1976.

St Mirren and Clydebank, first and second in the First Division, attracted a crowd of 7,500 to Kilbowie Park for a 2-2 draw while Alloa Athletic defeated Cowdenbeath 2-1 at Recreation Park in the Second Division, watched by 731 fans.

Alex Ferguson’s Saints went on to win the title and the Bankies were also promoted to the Premier Division - the teams scored 91 and 89 goals respectively, with the Paisley club finishing four points clear at the top.

Alloa's Christmas victory proved important and they ended the season as runners-up to Second Division champions Stirling Albion, with Dunfermline Athletic third.

The last full programme of Christmas Day fixtures was back in season 1971/72, when Celtic went on to win Division 1 and Dumbarton pipped Arbroath for the Division 2 title.

Division 1 - December 25, 1971
Airdrieonians 1-1 Clyde
Celtic 3-2 Hearts
Dundee United 3-2 Dunfermline Athletic
East Fife 1-1 Motherwell
Falkirk 0-3 Aberdeen
Hibernian 0-1 Rangers
Kilmarnock 4-2 Morton
Partick Thistle 0-1 Ayr United
St Johnstone 0-0 Dundee
Division 2 - December 25, 1971
Alloa Athletic 0-3 Montrose
Arbroath 2-2 Queen of the South
Brechin City 2-1 Stirling Albion
Clydebank 2-1 Stenhousemuir
Cowdenbeath 1-0 Albion Rovers
Hamilton Accies 2-1 Forfar Athletic
Queen's Park 2-0 Berwick Rangers
St Mirren 2-2 Dumbarton
Stranraer 0-3 East Stirlingshire