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 Copenhagen XI 2 0 1 1 3 7 −4 1
3 Austria Vienna XI Vienna XI withdrew from the competition.

25 December 1955
Barcelona Spain 6–2 Denmark KBU Copenhagen XI
Areta Goal 8'10'
Tejada Goal 40'80'
Villaverde Goal 40'
Kubala Goal 59'
(Report) Lundberg Goal 65'75'

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




19 March 1957
Internazionale Italy 4–0 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zagreb XI
Skoglund Goal 8'89'
Lorenzi Goal 43'50'
(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

6 March 1956
Leipzig XI East Germany 6–3 Switzerland Lausanne Sports
Walter Goal 5'
Konzack Goal 9'82'
Krause Goal 23'36'
Fettke Goal 69'
(Report) Maillard Goal 11'
Rey Goal 31'
Eschmann Goal 43'

21 October 1956
Lausanne Sports Switzerland 7–3 East Germany Leipzig XI
Tedeschi Goal 28'
Eschmann Goal 37'43'55'
Moser Goal 38'
Stefano Goal 60'62'
(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

4 June 1955
Basel XI Switzerland 0–5 England London XI
Report Firmani Goal 35'81'
Holton Goal 37'43'74'

26 October 1955
London XI England 3–2 West Germany Frankfurt XI
Jezzard Goal 46'86'
Robson Goal 60'
Report Pfaff Goal 25'
Kaufhold Goal 30'


20 June 1956
Frankfurt XI West Germany 5–1 Switzerland Basel XI
Buchenau Goal 19'80'
Pfaff Goal 31'73'
Herrmann Goal 52'
Report Hugi Goal 35'


12 June 1957
Switzerland Basel XI 6–2 West Germany Frankfurt XI
Allemann Goal 3'47'66'
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 play-off after their semi-final finished level on aggregate. The play-off was played in Switzerland.

Semi-finals[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 October 1957
Birmingham City England 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]


Play-off

Final[edit]

First leg[edit]

5 March 1958
London XI England 2–2 Spain Barcelona
Greaves Goal 10'
Langley Goal 88' (pen.)
Martínez Goal 7'
Tejada Goal 35'
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 45,466
Referee: Albert Dusch (Switzerland)

Second leg[edit]

1 May 1958
Barcelona Spain 6–0 England London XI
Suárez Goal 6'8'
Martínez Goal 42'
Evaristo Goal 52'75'
Vergés Goal 63'
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: Albert Dusch (Switzerland)

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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