England scored eight away from home on this day.
Switzerland weren’t a bad side in the 1960s, qualifying for both the ’62 and ’66 World Cups, but Alf Ramsey’s England went to Basle and put eight goals past them on this day in 1963.
It was the perfect end to their three-match summer tour, following wins against Czechoslovakia (4-2) and East Germany (2-1).
Bertschi and Pottier were prominent for the Swiss early on in the St Jakob Stadium but England grabbed a 19th-minute lead through Bobby Charlton and were virtually unstoppable after that. Johnny Byrne and Bryan Douglas made it 3-0 before some sloppy defensive work gave the Swiss a lifeline, Bertschi netting close to half-time.
The proverbial floodgates opened in the second half. Looking relaxed and confident, England rattled in five more goals – Byrne, Charlton, Tony Kay (on his debut), Jimmy Melia and Charlton (completing his hat-trick).
Even the Swiss crowd of 36,000 enjoyed England’s brilliant display. They gave Ramsey’s team a standing ovation at the end.