Inverurie Locos chairman Mike Macaulay has described it as an “honour” to host tomorrow’s under-18 schoolboy international between Scotland and England.
The Dark Blues meet the Auld Enemy at Harlaw Park in the second game of the Centenary Shield.
The north-east is represented in the squad by Buckie Thistle goalkeeper Lee Herbert.
In their tournament opener the Scots lost 1-0 to Northern Ireland in Belfast and after tomorrow’s clash will face Wales in Cefn Mawr and the Republic of Ireland at Somerset Park.
It is the first schoolboy international at Inverurie since March 2016 when Wales faced Scotland.
Locos supremo Macaulay said: “It’s an honour for us all at Inverurie Loco Works to again host international football, following on from Scotland playing Wales here in 2016 in the Centenary Shield and before then we were a host ground for Ladies Under-17 European Championship qualifiers.
“High profile events like this can only be organised and promoted by a team of dedicated folk behind the scenes and I’d like to thank all of the Locos committee who have worked tirelessly to ensure everyone has an enjoyable evening at Harlaw Park.
“We are continually grateful to our raft of valued sponsors who are critical to our success at Locos.
“Likewise, tomorrow has been made possible thanks to the fantastic support we receive from the business community.”
Despite being a Highland League club, Locos have links to international football.
Macaulay added: “We have a special link to international football with Andy Beattie, Scotland’s first ever national manager, being a former player of distinction in our red and black colours. In junior football we had Alfie Morrison gain international recognition in 1963 at Firhill against Northern Ireland and Alfie is a special guest at tomorrow’s game.
“In the 1930s Ernie Gowans also pulled on the dark blue of Scotland.”
Inverurie captain Neil McLean played for Scotland schoolboys in the Centenary Shield in 1999.
He was in a side which lost to Wales (2-1) in Newport and Northern Ireland (1-0) in Belfast, but drew 0-0 with England at Tynecastle.
McLean said: “It’s great that the game is in Inverurie for the club and for the community.
“The club along with Stephen Boddie from the AFC Community Trust have been doing a lot to promote the game and to promote Locos as a community club.
“There is a certain amount of kudos at any level to a Scotland v England fixture so to bring it to a Highland League club says a lot about the people at Inverurie being able to make it happen.
“When I played England it was a great occasion. It doesn’t matter what level you represent your country at, it’s always special.
“It’s great for the north-east to have a game like this and Lee Herbert from Buckie is in the squad. That provides more interest in the game and if Lee plays it will be a proud moment for him and his family.”
Tickets for tomorrow’s game are still available from Gibbs Menswear in Inverurie and from Inverurie Locos.