1963 Football League Cup Final

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1963 Football League Cup Final
Event1962–63 Football League Cup
First Leg
Date23 May 1963
VenueSt Andrew's, Birmingham
RefereeE. Crawford
Attendance31,850
Second Leg
Date27 May 1963
VenueVilla Park, Birmingham
RefereeA. W. Sparling
Attendance37,921
1962
1964

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[edit]

The first leg took place on 23 May 1963 at Birmingham's home ground, St Andrew's. 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[edit]

First leg[edit]

Birmingham City3–1Aston Villa
Thomson Goal 83'
St Andrew's, Birmingham
Attendance: 31,580
Referee: E. Crawford


1 England Johnny Schofield
2  England Stan Lynn
3  Wales Colin Green
4  Wales Terry Hennessey
5  England Trevor Smith (c)
6  England Malcolm Beard
7  England Mike Hellawell
8  England Jimmy Bloomfield
9  England Jimmy Harris
10  Wales Ken Leek
11  Scotland Bertie Auld
Manager:
 England Gil Merrick
1  England Nigel Sims
2  Scotland Cammie Fraser
3  Scotland Charlie Aitken
4  Wales Vic Crowe
5  England John Sleeuwenhoek
6  England Gordon Lee
7  England Alan Baker
8  Scotland George Graham
9  Scotland Bobby Thomson
10  Scotland Ron Wylie
11  England Harry Burrows
Manager:
 England Joe Mercer

Second Leg[edit]

Aston Villa0–0Birmingham City
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 37,921
Referee: A. W. Sparling


1  England Nigel Sims
2  Scotland Cammie Fraser
3  Scotland Charlie Aitken
4  Wales Vic Crowe
5  England Lew Chatterley
6  England Gordon Lee
7  England Alan Baker
8  Scotland George Graham
9  Scotland Bobby Thomson
10  Scotland Ron Wylie
11  England Harry Burrows
Manager:
 England Joe Mercer
1  England Johnny Schofield
2  England Stan Lynn
3  Wales Colin Green
4  Wales Terry Hennessey
5  England Trevor Smith (c)
6  England Malcolm Beard
7  England Mike Hellawell
8  England Jimmy Bloomfield
9  England Jimmy Harris
10  Wales Ken Leek
11  Scotland Bertie Auld
Manager:
 England Gil Merrick

Road to the final[edit]

Birmingham City[edit]

Round 2 Birmingham City 6–0 Doncaster Rovers
Round 3 Barrow 1–1 Birmingham City
Round 3 replay Birmingham City 5–1 Barrow
Round 4 Birmingham City 3–2 Notts County
Round 5 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 win 4–3 on aggregate)

Aston Villa[edit]

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
Round 5 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 win 3–1 on aggregate)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Breedon Books. p. 33. ISBN 1-85983-010-2.
  2. ^ Ponting, Ivan (15 September 2003). "Obituary: Trevor Smith". The Independent. London. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  3. ^ Jawad, Hyder (6 March 2005). Strange Magic: Birmingham City v Aston Villa. The Birmingham Post. pp. 27–28.

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