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Posted by dublinbrummie on March 21, 2009 at 10:45 AM

1963 Football League Cup Final

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The 1963 Football League Cup Final, the third to be staged since the competition's inception, was contested between local rivals Birmingham City and Aston Villa over two legs. Aston Villa had won the inaugural competition in 1960?61, and had beaten Birmingham 4?0 in their most recent League meeting,[1] while Birmingham were seeking to win their first major trophy. Birmingham won 3?1 on aggregate, with all the goals coming in the first leg.

 Match summary

The first leg took place on 23 May 1963 at Birmingham's home ground, St Andrews. Birmingham took the lead when Harris fed Auld who crossed for Ken Leek's powerful shot, but Aston Villa equalised via Bobby Thomson. Seven minutes into the second half, the same combination of players made it 2?1, and after 66 minutes Jimmy Bloomfield met a Harris cross to score off the post to give Birmingham a 3?1 lead.[1] The second leg four days later at Villa Park was goalless. With former England centre half Trevor Smith marking Thomson out of the game[2] and Birmingham's defensive tactics including regularly kicking the ball out for throw-ins,[3] Aston Villa were unable to break their opponents down.

Players and officials

Fst leg

Birmingham City
Blue shirts/White shorts/White socks
3-1
(final score after 90 minutes)
Aston Villa
Claret and blue shirts/White shorts/Claret and blue socks
Manager: Gil Merrick

Team:
Schofield (GK)
Lynn
Green
Hennessey
Smith
Beard
Hellawell
Bloomfield
Harris
Leek
Auld

Scorers:

Half-time:
1-1

Competition:
League Cup (Final)

Date:
Thursday 23 May, 1963

Venue:
St Andrew's, Birmingham

Attendance:
31,580

Referee:
E. Crawford

Match rules:
90 minutes.
No substitutions.

Manager: Joe Mercer

Team:
Sims (GK)
Fraser
Aitken
Crowe
Sleeuwenhoek
Lee
Baker
Graham
Thomson
Wylie
Burrows

Scorers:

Second Leg

Aston Villa
Claret and blue shirts/White shorts/Claret and blue socks
0-0
(final score after 90 minutes)
Birmingham City
Blue shirts/White shorts/White socks
Manager: Joe Mercer

Team:
Sims (GK)
Fraser
Aitken
Crowe
Sleeuwenhoek
Lee
Baker
Graham
Thomson
Wylie
Burrows

Scorers:

Half-time:
0-0

Competition:
League Cup (Final)

Date:
Monday 27 May 1963

Venue:
Villa Park, Birmingham

Attendance:
37,921

Referee:
A. W. Sparling

Match rules:
90 minutes.
30 minutes extra-time if necessary.
No substitutions.

Manager: Gil Merrick

Team:
Schofield (GK)
Lynn
Green
Hennessey
Smith
Beard
Hellawell
Bloomfield
Harris
Leek
Auld

Scorers:

 Road to the final

Home teams listed first.

[ Birmingham City

Round 2: Birmingham City 5?0 Doncaster Rovers

Round 3: Barrow 1?1 Birmingham City

Replay Birmingham City 5?1 Barrow

Round 4: Birmingham City 3?2 Notts County

Quarter-final: Birmingham City 6?0 Manchester City

Semi-final, 1st leg: Birmingham City 3?2 Bury

Semi-final, 2nd leg: Bury 1?1 Birmingham City

Birmingham City won 4?3 on aggregate

[Aston Villa

Round 2: Aston Villa 6?1 Peterborough United

Round 3: Aston Villa 3?1 Stoke City

 

Round 4: Aston Villa 6?2 Preston North End

Quarter-final: Aston Villa 4?1 Norwich City

Semi-final, 1st leg: Sunderland 1?3 Aston Villa

Semi-final, 2nd leg: Aston Villa 0?0 Sunderland

Aston Villa won 3?1 on aggregate

 

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2 Comments

Reply Very nice site!
2:47 PM on January 15, 2010 
Very nice site!
Reply Peter Burnett
4:25 PM on May 7, 2009 
This was my first ever blues match, I have a 1963 Soccer Star magazine with the winning team on the front cover, I've tried to scan it to post on the Blues site but it didn't come out very well, I'll try again and if it's any good I'll post it here.