Representative games were aplenty at Ayresome Park through the years, and one in particular between The Football League and The Scottish League took place on four occasions between 1912 and 1972.

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The second one of those games came in March 1950, just prior to England’s involvement in the World Cup in Brazil.

A crowd of 40,000 thronged Ayresome Park as the Football League XI outclassed their Scottish counterparts defeating them 3-1.

Stan Mortensen gave the Football League the lead after just five minutes with Wilf Mannion heavily involved. Mortensen got his second just before half time. Spurs player Eddie Baily smashed home a third goal before George Young scored a consolation for the Scotland side from the penalty spot.

The next game between the two sides came in March 1968, with the bulk of Alf Ramsey’s World Cup winning squad being involved.

A crowd of 34,190 saw the Scottish League dominate for 25 minutes before a couple of defensive errors allowed Ramsey’s side to take a 2-0 lead.

The first came on 27 minutes when Geoff Hurst centred from the right hand side, and Roger Hunt was able to head home with the goalkeeper Peter McCloy badly at fault.

Three minutes after the restart the lead was doubled and again the goalkeepers involvement came into question.

Blackburn defender Keith Newton let fly from fully 40 yards and McCloy seemed to lose flight of the ball and could only watch as the ball sailed over him and into the net.

The 2-0 victory gave the Football League a hat-trick of wins in this fixture at Ayresome, and that turned to four, after a 3-2 win in 1972.