BIRMINGHAM CITY    1955-58
      Fairs Cup

Unlike London - who entered a select side to represent them - England's second city nominated a club side, Birmingham City, in the first Fairs Cup competition. 

1st Round 
Group B Tue May 15 1956 Inter Milan (Italy) Away Drew 0-0
Group B Tue May 22 1956 Zagreb XI (Yugoslavia) Away Won 1-0
Group B Mon Dec 3 1956 Zagreb XI Home Won 3-0
Group B Wed Apr 17 1957 Inter Milan Home Won 2-1

Birmingham topped Group B and qualified for the semi-finals. Full Group results and table.

1st Leg Wed Oct 23 1957 Barcelona (Spain) Home Won 4-3
2nd Leg Wed Nov 13 1957 Barcelona Away Lost 0-1

After finishing level on aggregate, 4-4,  before the away goals rule was introduced, a play-off was held at the St Jacob Stadium in Basle, Switzerland.

Play Off Tue Nov 26 1957 Barcelona Neutral Lost 1-2


"That's football, Mike, Northern Ireland have had several chances and haven't scored but England have had no chances and scored twice."

Trevor Brooking

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