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Boxing Day fixtures: three managers looking for a final Christmas gift

(L-R) Steve Bruce, Jonathan Woodgate and Phil Parkinson Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

On a day when most of us will be relaxing and enjoying the leftovers, three of our region's football teams will be gearing up for their Boxing Day matches.

Newcastle United travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.

Middlesbrough head to the Riverside looking for their fourth home win in a row - this time against Huddersfield.

And Sunderland will also entertain a home crowd, against the bottom of League One side Bolton.

  • Ahead of the first festive fixture, Newcastle's Steve Bruce says he has given his players an early Christmas present...
  • An extra Christmas present for Boro fans? Jonathan Woodgate hopes so, as Huddersfield have been unbeaten in their last three games.
  • For Black Cats boss Phil Parkinson, it's a chance to see old friends, having managed the Trotters for three years.

In non-league, Harrogate host Hartlepool, while Blyth Spartans travel to Gateshead.