In the 1960–61 season, Tottenham had become the first club since Aston Villa in 1897 to complete the Double, that is, to win the FA Cup and Division One in the same season.  The Charity Shield, which was first contested in 1908, is conventionally held between the previous season's league champions and the FA Cup winners.  Thus Tottenham's double victory in 1960–1961 presented a new problem for the FA in organising the 1961 Charity Shield. By way of resolution, Tottenham competed against a representative side who played under the banner of the FA.  This team was, in practice, the contemporary England national team, without the Tottenham players who might usually have played. 
Tottenham started the match poorly when Johnny Haynes scored the opening goal after ten minutes.  Tottenham equalised five minutes before half time through Bobby Smith, and Les Allen scored two second half goals for Spurs to put them 3–1 ahead. Johnny Byrne scored the second goal for the F.A., resulting in a 3–2 victory for Tottenham.