Open main menu

The first Inter-Cities Fairs Cup took place over three seasons from 1955 to 1958. The competition began with a group stage with each team playing home and away against each other. Due to the competition rules which stated only one side from each city was allowed to compete, many cities with several football clubs picked the best players from those teams to create a city representative side. One of these, the London XI, went on to reach the final where they were beaten over two legs by the Barcelona XI (later recognized as FC Barcelona).

1955–58 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
Balón Final Copa de Ferias 1958.jpg
Ball used in the final (FC Barcelona Museum)
Final positions
ChampionsSpain Barcelona XI
Later recognized as FC Barcelona (1st title)
Runners-upEngland London XI

Contents

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Barcelona XI 2 1 1 0 7 3 +4 3
2   Copenhagen XI 2 0 1 1 3 7 −4 1
3   Vienna XI (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source:[citation needed]
(W) Withdrew from the competition.
Barcelona XI  6–2  KBU Copenhagen XI
Areta   8'10'
Tejada   40'80'
Villaverde   40'
Kubala   59'
Report Lundberg   65'75'

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Birmingham City 4 3 1 0 6 1 +5 7
2   Internazionale 4 2 1 1 6 2 +4 5
3   Zagreb XI 4 0 0 4 0 9 −9 0



Birmingham City  3–0  Zagreb XI
Orritt   3'
Brown   60'
Murphy   67'
Report

Internazionale  4–0  Zagreb XI
Skoglund   8'89'
Lorenzi   43'50'
Report

Birmingham City  2–1  Internazionale
Govan   44'53' Report Lorenzi   88'

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Lausanne-Sport 2 1 0 1 10 9 +1 2
2   Leipzig XI 2 1 0 1 9 10 −1 2
3   Cologne XI (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source:[citation needed]
(W) Withdrew from the competition.
Leipzig XI  6–3  Lausanne-Sport
Walter   5'
Konzack   9'82'
Krause   23'36'
Fettke   69'
Report Maillard   11'
Rey   31'
Eschmann   43'

Lausanne-Sport  7–3  Leipzig XI
Tedeschi   28'
Eschmann   37'43'55'
Moser   38'
Stefano   60'62'
Report Walter   13'
Konzack   58'
Frohlich   70'

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   London XI 4 3 0 1 9 3 +6 6
2   Frankfurt XI 4 2 0 2 10 10 0 4
3   Basel XI 4 1 0 3 7 13 −6 2
Basel XI  0–5  London XI
Report Firmani   35'81'[a]
Holton   37'43'74'

London XI  3–2  Frankfurt XI
Jezzard   46'86'
Robson   60'
Report Pfaff   25'
Kaufhold   30'


Frankfurt XI  5–1  Basel XI
Buchenau   19'80'
Pfaff   31'73'
Herrmann   52'
Report Hugi   35'


Basel XI  6–2  Frankfurt XI
Allemann   3'47'66'
Sanmann   33'
Hugi   64'
Burger   88'
Report Kraus   32'
Mayer   65'

Knockout stageEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Lausanne-Sport2
 
 
 
  London XI3
 
  London XI2
 
 
 
  Barcelona XI8
 
  Birmingham City4 (1)
 
 
  Barcelona XI4 (2)
 
  • Teams playing first leg at home shown first.
  • Birmingham City and Barcelona required a play-off after their semi-final finished level on aggregate. The play-off was played in Switzerland.

Semi-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Lausanne-Sport   2-3   London XI 2–1 0–2
Birmingham City   4–41   Barcelona XI 4–3 0–1

1 Barcelona beat Birmingham City 2–1 in a play-off to qualify for the Final.

First legEdit


Birmingham City  4–3  Barcelona XI
Eddy Brown   2'
Orritt   33'
Murphy   35'60'
Report Tejada   12'
Evaristo   27'
Martínez   40'

Second legEdit


Play-off

Barcelona XI  2–1  Birmingham City
Evaristo   33'
Kubala   83'
Report Murphy   48'

FinalEdit

First legEdit

London XI  2–2  Barcelona XI
Greaves   10'
Langley   88' (pen.)
Martínez   7'
Tejada   35'
Attendance: 45,466

Second legEdit

Barcelona XI  6–0  London XI
Suárez   6'8'
Martínez   42'
Evaristo   52'75'
Vergés   63'
Attendance: 70,000

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Some sources give the final goal to Hooper.[2][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Blues in Europe – Part One 1956–1958". Birmingham City F.C. Archived from the original on 7 April 2011.
  2. ^ EC 1 & Fairs Cup 1595-1960. International Federation of Football History & Statistics. pp. 158–171.
  3. ^ Velasco, Santiago. "Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1955-58 (game details)". linguasport.com. Retrieved 25 May 2018.

External linksEdit