In the early days of Ayresome Park, there were regular charity games played at the new ground.

Shaun Wilson


Featured above is a ticket from one such game, on this occasion teams representing the medical service and clergy of the district.

The game in April 1908 was played in horrendous weather, with even snow falling during the second half.

Despite that a crowd of 500 hardy souls were present to see the Clergy run out 5-3 winners. Boro’s chairman, who was also the Mayor of the town, Lieut-Col Thomas Gibson Poole kicked off the match, as well as officiating as the referee.

Three years later he earned notoriety after being suspended from all football activities for life after he was embroiled in a match fixing scandal.