Sir Alex Ferguson admits an Israeli courier's reaction to his "B team" Scotland appearance left him the butt of good-natured jokes from pal Walter Smith.
Ferguson grabbed 10 goals in seven games on a 1967 world tour that took in Israel, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.
While big names from Rangers, Celtic and Leeds were omitted because of European commitments, Ferguson was one of several players involved who had been picked in previous squads.
The games were to be Ferguson's only minutes in a Scotland shirt and when he visited the Middle East for a friendly years later, a comment relating to the games was to leave Smith with some brilliant ammunition to tease his old chum.
He told The Daily Mail : "I was Scotland manager in 1986 when we went to Israel to play a friendly.
"The courier on the coach asked me if I had ever visited his country before.
"I said I played for Scotland against Israel in 1967. He said: 'Ah, the B international'.
"Walter (Smith, his assistant manager) exploded in laughter. I was never allowed to forget that comment."
While it gave Smith a good laugh all those years later, now 78-year-old Sir Alex looks back with great fondness on the trip.
He added: "It was a great experience. I was proud to play for the team and it was a successful tour but I came back exhausted.
"I managed to fit in a short honeymoon in Spain that had been postponed from the previous year before another season started. But I look back on it fondly."