The top five Premier League Boxing Day moments

Ashley Cole - AS Roma

Boxing Day is a joyous time for many reasons, with one of the big ones being the host of festive football that it has hosted over the years.

With such a busy festive period right round the corner, it seems only logical to look back on some great Boxing Day moments of years gone by. We have seen last minute goals, dramatic red cards and a whole host of other events take place on this always fun day of sport, but these are five of the best.

Phil Brown's half time team talk

Southend manager Phil BrownPhil Brown

It's not often that fans get to have an insight into the mind of a manager. In fact, it usually never happens. But one fateful day in Manchester we were blessed with a half time team talk like no other, as Hull City manager Phil Brown conducted his usually private meeting in front of the entire stadium at the Etihad. The game may have ended 5-1 but they did draw the second half so who knows, maybe it's a smart tactic - or not.

Charlton upset Chelsea

The Valley - Charlton AthleticThe Valley - Charlton Athletic

Roman Abramovich has been called alot of things during his time at Chelsea, and more often than not that's down to jealousy from other fans. Nonetheless, supporters of opposition teams love getting one over on the Russian and during his inaugural season at Stamford Bridge, the Blues were victims of a shock 4-2 upset at the hands of Charlton Athletic. Thankfully, it was a minor blip in an otherwise successful tenure.

Cantona saves the day

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Upon going 3-0 down to Sheffield Wednesday in the early stages of Fergie's Manchester United career, the Red Devils looked down and out. However as they would do many times over the next few decades, they fought back and managed to earn a point thanks to Eric Cantona's equaliser. It was certainly a vital draw, but it also gave a foreshadowing of the great success that was to come at Old Trafford.

Blast from the past - United legends play out a classic

England's Wayne Rooney is presented with a trophy by Sir Bobby Charlton for becoming England's leading goal scorerEngland's Wayne Rooney is presented with a trophy by Sir Bobby Charlton for becoming England's leading goal scorer

It may not be the Premier League, but way back in 1970, the golden era of English football was still in full force. The nation possessed some of the greatest talent in the world and a great deal of that came from Manchester United. On Boxing Day of that year the Red Devils played out a dramatic 4-4 draw with Derby County, and the players involved in the clash included George Best, Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, Brian Kidd and Dave Mackay. What a line-up.

Ashley Cole costs the Blues

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Ashley ColePicture Supplied by Action Images - Ashley Cole

It's a second miserable entry onto this list for Chelsea fans, with the game this time coming against Aston Villa. As the Blues were closing in on a huge victory, Ashley Cole's red card saw Villa awarded a chance to snatch a point which they happily took. It was one of many great games involving these two sides over the years, and thankfully it took place on a day built for happiness. Merry Boxing Day, and all that. 

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