With the festive period beginning, here at SportsByte we take a look at the best sport on this Christmas and where the action is taking place.

Sunderland AFC

Fresh from their first home win since December 2016 the Black Cats will be full of confidence going into the hectic Christmas period. Chris Coleman’s side are back in action tomorrow at home to bottom side Birmingham City, with the club offering under-16s the chance to support the side for just £1.

After the Birmingham game Sunderland travel to Yorkshire on Boxing Day to take on high-flying Sheffield United at Bramall Lane before a trip to Nottingham Forest on January 30.

The traditional New Year’s Day fixture sees Sunderland face fellow strugglers Barnsley at home and Coleman will be hoping Josh Maja’s late winner at home to Fulham, that ended the unwanted home record, will prove a springboard for a fruitful Christmas period.

Newcastle Falcons

The rugby calendar is a lot less punishing than that of their football counterparts, nevertheless Falcons face two big Aviva Premiership fixtures in their bid to improve on last season’s 8th place finish.

Falcons currently sit in 8th and with tomorrow’s opponents, Harlequins, sitting directly above them in the table with the same points tally, Dean Richards’ side will be looking to leapfrog their Southern counterparts.

Kick-off against Quins is 3pm at Kingston Park and Falcons will hope to see a packed house roaring the team on.

After Harlequins, Falcons travel to the side rooted to the foot of the Aviva Premiership table, London Irish, and will be fully expecting a positive result as they attempt to close the gap on the sides above them in the league.

England Cricket

The Ashes may now be lost but England will be hoping to avoid a whitewash in the two remaining Test matches, starting Tuesday with the Boxing Day Test at the glorious Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Their will be some North East interest with Gateshead born opening batsman Mark Stoneman aiming to enhance his growing reputation at the top of the order for England.

Stoneman has been one of the few shining lights in a very difficult tour for England, showing the grit and determination some of his teammates have lacked.

Averaging 32.17, Stoneman has made two very impressive half centuries including a gutsy 56 in the last Test at the WACA as Australia’s pace bowlers bombarded the former Durham man with a deluge of short deliveries, including one delivery that broke Stoneman’s helmet.

Stoneman will be hoping he can turn one of these starts into a big score during the next Test and establish himself at the top of England’s batting order for years to come.

Who knows, we may also see a certain Durham all-rounder at some point.

Northern League 

Below the glitz and glamour of the Football League there’s a host of Northern League clubs we cover at SportsByte with an equally busy Christmas fixture list.

Ryhope CW are at home to Whitley Bay and Ashington tomorrow and on December 30, with a game away to Jarrow Roofing squeezed in the middle on December 27.

Easington Colliery have fixtures at home to Tow Law Town tomorrow and West Allotment Celtic on December 30 as well as a Boxing Day away trip to Hebburn Town.

Seaham Red Star face Bishop Auckland away tomorrow, before a home tie on Wednesday against Washington and another away match against table toppers Morpeth Town on December 30 to round off their year.

A trip to Team Northumbria beckons tomorrow for Sunderland RCA before a Boxing Day home fixture with Consett. RCA then face Stockton Town on December 29 in their final fixture of 2017.

Washington are tasked with taking on fifth place North Shields away tomorrow before the aforementioned tie with Seaham Red Star on the 27th. Washington then visit West Auckland Town on December 30 where they’ll be hoping to move away from the foot of the table.


Despite Bedlington’s Chris Dobey’s early exit the rest of this year’s PDC World Championships promises to be an exciting affair.

Tournament favourite and number one seed Michael van Gerwen is in second round action tonight at Alexandra Palace against number 32 seed James Wilson.

16-time champion Phil Taylor, in his last professional tournament, is in second round action tomorrow evening against Justin Pipe.

The tournament concludes on New Year’s Day with the quarter-finals and semi-finals on December 29 & 30 respectively.