PNE are Boxing clever

Jimmy Ross (second left, front) scored twice in PNE's first Boxing Day win

Jimmy Ross (second left, front) scored twice in PNE's first Boxing Day win

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas - and that statistically is good news for Preston North End.

Figures released by the Football League show that PNE have accumulated the second highest number of points - 118 - in games played on Boxing Day.

Manchester United have collected the most points, earning 137, with West Bromwich Albion taking 117, Nottingham Forest 113 and Sheffield United 111.

The first set of Boxing Day games were played in 1888, with North End and Bolton Wanderers the first victors - winning away at West Bromwich and Derby respectively.

North End beat WBA 5-0 at Stoney Lane, Jimmy Ross and John Goodall both scoring twice while Jack Gordon also netted.

This Saturday, the Football League is set to reach a Boxing Day milestone, with just 69 goals needed to reach an all-time total of 10,000 Boxing Day goals.

It is a Yorkshire Boxing Day for North End, with Simon Grayson taking his side over the Pennines to face Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Huddersfield are one of four clubs together with Tottenham, Birmingham and Brighton, who can break through the 100-point Boxing Day tally this year.

So PNE fans will be hoping the Terriers stay stuck on 97 points while their side move on to 121.