Wealth is not just measured in money but also in leisure time. Four times we even played on Christmas Day, making the most of days free from work. Now our increased leisure time means that the days around Christmas are becoming sacrosanct though not in a religious sense.
So it is that we haven't played a game on Christmas Eve since 1955, a 3-2 Delphian League win at Brentwood & Warley with goals from Chatt (two) and Walker.
For the record our four games on Christmas Day were in:-
1924, a Herts County League 4-3 defeat at Hoddesdon Town in front of 1600 supporters. George Dearman, Bill Hart and Roberts scored for us.
1925, another odd-goal defeat at Hoddesdon though by now both clubs were in the Spartan League Division Two (B). Our two goals were scored by Brenchley.
1947, once again we were away but this time in a friendly with Stevenage Town as our hosts. A 6-0 win with goals from "Topper" Clarke (four), Fields and a Stevenage player may indicate that the home side thought they had better things to do on Christmas Day than play a game of football.
1948 and another away friendly ending in a 5-5 draw at Hertford Town. Dave Mowatt 2, Presland 2 and Grunsell scored for Ware.