Extracts from correspondence between the Football Association and the Trades Union Congress regarding the organisation of Dynamo Moscow's British tour. Dynamo were the first professional Soviet team to play in Britain, and matches were played against Chelsea, Cardiff City, Rangers and an augmented Arsenal side. The tour was originally arranged during the Second World War as a gesture of solidarity between the two countries.
The popularity of the match as a spectacle is hinted at in the second letter, which refers to "several hundred non-ticket holders who took the gates off the hinges". It also refers to the two teams' different interpretations of the offside rule.
Included in a file on 'Russia: General, 1936-1945', from the archives of the Trades Union Congress; document reference: MSS.292/947/8