1955–58 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup

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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, a London XI, went on to reach the final where they were beaten over two legs by the Spanish club Barcelona.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Spain Barcelona 2 1 1 0 7 3 +4 3
2 Denmark Stævnet 2 0 1 1 3 7 −4 1
3 Austria Vienna XI Vienna XI withdrew from the competition.
1955-12-25
Spain Barcelona 6–2 Denmark Stævnet
Areta Goal 8', Goal 10'
Tejada Goal 40',Goal 80'
Villaverde Goal 40'
Kubala Goal 59'
(Report) Lundberg Goal 65', Goal 75'

1956-04-26
Denmark Stævnet 1–1 Spain Barcelona
Lundberg Goal 61' (Report) Villaverde Goal 85'

Group B[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 England Birmingham City 4 3 1 0 6 1 +5 7
2 Italy Internazionale 4 2 1 1 6 2 +4 5
3 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zagreb XI 4 0 0 4 0 9 −9 0




1957-03-19
Italy Internazionale 4–0 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zagreb XI
Skoglund Goal 8', Goal 89'
Lorenzi Goal 43', Goal 50'
(Report)

Group C[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Switzerland Lausanne Sports 2 1 0 1 10 9 +1 2
2 East Germany Leipzig XI 2 1 0 1 9 10 −1 2
3 West Germany Cologne XI Cologne XI withdrew from the competition
1956-03-06
East Germany Leipzig XI 6–3 Switzerland Lausanne Sports
Walter Goal 5'
Konzack Goal 9', Goal 82'
Krause Goal 23', Goal 36'
Fettke Goal 69'
(Report) Maillard Goal 11'
Rey Goal 31'
Eschmann Goal 43'

1956-10-21
Switzerland Lausanne Sports 7–3 East Germany Leipzig XI
Tedeschi Goal 28'
Eschmann Goal 37', Goal 43', Goal 55'
Moser Goal 38'
Stefano Goal 60', Goal 62'
(Report) Walter Goal 13'
Konzack Goal 58'
Frohlich Goal 70'

Group D[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 England London XI 4 3 0 1 9 3 +6 6
2 Germany Frankfurt XI 4 2 0 2 10 10 0 4
3 Switzerland Basel XI 4 1 0 3 7 13 −6 2
1955-06-04
Switzerland Basel XI 0–5 EnglandLondon XI
(Report) Firmani Goal 35' Goal 81'
Holton Goal 37' Goal 43' Goal 74'

1955-10-26
EnglandLondon XI 3–2 West GermanyFrankfurt XI
Jezzard Goal 46' Goal 86'
Robson Goal 60'
(Report) Pfaff Goal 25'
Kaufhold Goal 30'

1956-05-04
England London XI 1–0 Switzerland Basel XI
Robb Goal 87' (Report)

1956-06-20
West GermanyFrankfurt XI 5–1 SwitzerlandBasel XI
Buchenau Goal 19' Goal 80'
Pfaff Goal 31' Goal 73'
Herrmann Goal 52'
(Report) Hugi Goal 35'


1957-06-12
Switzerland Basel XI 6–2 West GermanyFrankfurt XI
Allemann Goal 3' Goal 47' Goal 66'
Sanmann Goal 33'
Hugi Goal 64'
Burger Goal 88'
(Report) Kraus Goal 32'
Mayer Goal 65'

Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals Final
 Switzerland Lausanne Sports 2  
 England London XI 3  
 
     England London XI 2
   Spain Barcelona 8
 England Birmingham City 4 (1)
 Spain Barcelona 4 (2)  
  • Teams playing first leg at home shown first.
  • Birmingham City and Barcelona required a playoff after their semi-final finished level on aggregate. The playoff was played in Switzerland.

Semifinals[edit]

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

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

First leg[edit]


23-10-1957
England Birmingham City 4–3 Spain Barcelona
Eddy Brown Goal 2'
Orritt Goal 33'
Murphy Goal 35'60'
(Report) Tejada Goal 12'
Evaristo Goal 27'
Martínez Goal 40'

Second leg[edit]


Replay:

Final[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
London XI England 2–8 Spain Barcelona 2–2 0–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Blues in Europe – Part One 1956–1958". Birmingham City F.C. Archived from the original on 7 April 2011. 

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