In September 1939, shortly after World War II broke out, most football competitions were abandoned.

Shaun Wilson


Regional leagues were set up and most sides fielded guest players due to the wartime effort.

Boro were assigned to the Football League (North), and in July 1940 Ayresome Park became home to 2 air raid shelters, which were erected by Middlesbrough Council on the clubs land adjoining Ayresome Park Road at a rent of one shilling a year!