Back 70 years to a game on Christmas Day, yes Christmas Day, against Crusaders at Grosvenor Park on 25th December 1950 for Number 4 in our series.
It might come as a surprise to many, but Christmas Day games back then were regular fixtures, and for some, even worse, they had to work in the morning.
The Whites finished sixth in the league that season under manager Bobby Gunning.
The Distillery line-up was; Billy Smyth, Rab Wilson, Johnny Mills, George Casement, Eddie Lonsdale, Hugh Kelly, Sammy Dodds, Currie Mulholland, McDonald, Albert Graham and Walter Hollinger.
George Casement and Currie Mulholland would go on to join Crusaders the following season. Ironically, the latter set a goal-scoring record for the Shore Road side that stood for over 30 years until another former Distillery player would break it – Glenn Hunter.
Our thanks again to Trevor Goodall for very kindly providing the copy programme and to David Hunter for the write-up and additional research. Both of them extend their best wishes at Christmas to you all.