But science doesn’t always come first. Playing in the winter has become the norm in England, and it’s truly a festival when the clubs play harder. Specifically, in December 1963, professional tournaments in England marked an unprecedented record when a round had 39 matches and had 157 goals. Only 10 matches in the National Championship have 66 goals. Notably, there are matches like a friendly between a village team and a professional team: Fulham-Ipswich: 10-1; Liverpool-Stoke: 6-1; West Brom-Tottenham: 4-4; Blackpool-Chelsea: 1-5; Burnley-MU: 6-1; West Ham-Blackburn: 2-8… Another statistic worth noting: English football’s average goal rate between late December and early January is 3.15 goals per game, which is high. 21% more than matches at other times.