Shaun Wilson

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Following the popularity of a previous, similar tournament, and as a way to generate income to pay players wages during the extended close season caused by the World Cup that summer, the first Anglo-Italian Cup was devised in 1970.

For the first competition there were six Italian and six English clubs involved, of which Boro were one, and we played home and away ties versus Roma and Lanerossi Vicenza.

The competition ended as a professional one in 1973 but was re-established in 1992/93 as a replacement for the Zenith Data Systems Trophy.

Boro entered the competition again in the following campaign and were placed in a qualifying group with Grimsby Town and Barnsley!

The competition failed to ignite the fan’s attention and a sparse crowd of 5,173 were present when the South Yorkshire side travelled to Teesside.

The game itself saw Boro run out comfortable 3-0 winners with goals from John Hendrie and two from Paul Wilkinson, one from the penalty spot.

A surreal sight came later in the competition when Brescia visited Teesside on a bitterly cold night, when an unimpressed Gheorghe Hagi sat on the bench as an unused substitute.