1963 Football League Cup Final

1963 Football League Cup Final
Event 1962–63 Football League Cup
First Leg
Date 23 May 1963
Venue St Andrew's, Birmingham
Referee E. Crawford
Attendance 31,850
Second Leg
Date 27 May 1963
Venue Villa Park, Birmingham
Referee A. W. Sparling
Attendance 37,921

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 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

First leg

Birmingham City 3–1 Aston Villa
Thomson  83'
St Andrew's, Birmingham
Attendance: 31,580
Referee: E. Crawford
1Johnny Schofield
2Stan Lynn
3Colin Green
4Terry Hennessey
5Trevor Smith (c)
6Malcolm Beard
7Mike Hellawell
8Jimmy Bloomfield
9Jimmy Harris
10Ken Leek
11Bertie Auld
Manager:
Gil Merrick
1Nigel Sims
2Cammie Fraser
3Charlie Aitken
4Vic Crowe
5John Sleeuwenhoek
6Gordon Lee
7Alan Baker
8George Graham
9Bobby Thomson
10Ron Wylie
11Harry Burrows
Manager:
Joe Mercer

Second Leg

Aston Villa 0–0 Birmingham City
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 37,921
Referee: A. W. Sparling
1Nigel Sims
2Cammie Fraser
3Charlie Aitken
4Vic Crowe
5Lew Chatterley
6Gordon Lee
7Alan Baker
8George Graham
9Bobby Thomson
10Ron Wylie
11Harry Burrows
Manager:
Joe Mercer
1Johnny Schofield
2Stan Lynn
3Colin Green
4Terry Hennessey
5Trevor Smith (c)
6Malcolm Beard
7Mike Hellawell
8Jimmy Bloomfield
9Jimmy Harris
10Ken Leek
11Bertie Auld
Manager:
Gil Merrick

Road to the final

Birmingham City

Round 2Birmingham City6–0Doncaster Rovers
Round 3Barrow1–1Birmingham City
Round 3 replayBirmingham City5–1Barrow
Round 4Birmingham City3–2Notts County
Round 5Birmingham City6–0Manchester City
Semi-final (1st leg)Birmingham City3–2Bury
Semi-final (2nd leg)Bury1–1Birmingham City
 (Birmingham City win 4–3 on aggregate)

Aston Villa

Round 2Aston Villa6–1Peterborough United
Round 3Aston Villa3–1Stoke City
Round 4Aston Villa6–2Preston North End
Round 5Aston Villa4–1Norwich City
Semi-final (1st leg)Sunderland1–3Aston Villa
Semi-final (2nd leg)Aston Villa0–0Sunderland
 (Aston Villa win 3–1 on aggregate)

References

  1. 1 2 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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