ON THIS DAY IN SPORT (December 26):
1979: A crowd of 49,309 for the Sheffield derby at Hillsborough became a record for the Football League’s old Third Division.
It was a day of joy for the blue half of the city - Sheffield Wednesday won 4-0.
Wikipedia records: “This event becomes known as the “Boxing Day Massacre”.”
In the interests of balance, it is perhaps worth pointing out that Sheffield United have won more derbies than the Owls however (45-40.)
Boxing Day 2011-style sees Wednesday at Walsall while United have to wait until Tuesday to play Notts County.
1908: Texan Jack Johnson became the world’s first black heavyweight boxing champion. He was not allowed to fight in his native America because of racial prejudice, but travelled to Sydney where he beat Canadian Tommy Burns when the referee stopped the fight in the 14th round.
1935: Tranmere beat Oldham 13-4 at Prenton Park - a record Football League scoreline. Centre-forward Bunny Bell also went into the record books by scoring nine of Tranmere’s goals, but that mark lasted only four months before Luton’s Joe Payne scored 10 against Bristol Rovers.
1970: Lillian Board died of cancer, aged only 22. Board had been a 400 metres silver medallist at the 1968 Olympics and won the 800m European title in Athens the following year.
2006: Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne became the first bowler in Test history to claim 700 wickets when he dismissed England’s Andrew Strauss in Melbourne.