It seems unthinkable now but Scottish football was played on Christmas Day in years gone by.
The last such games were in 1976/77 – Clydebank attracted a crowd of 7,500 to Kilbowie Park for their top-of-the-table clash with Alex Ferguson’s St Mirren (it ended 2-2) in a season when both teams went on to win promotion to the Premier Division.
Also that day, Alloa defeated Cowdenbeath 2-1 but our match was one of several switched to December 27 and we drew 4-4 with Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill. Alex Smith’s men were crowned champions in April, with Alloa also going up.
The last full programme of Christmas Day fixtures was in 1971/72 when we suffered a 2-1 defeat to Brechin City at Glebe Park.
It proved a costly result as Bob Shankly’s team missed out on promotion to the top flight by two points as Dumbarton and Arbroath went up.
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