London XI

London XI

The London XI was an association football representative team, specially created to take part in the 1955-58 edition of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, the precursor of today's UEFA Cup.

The competition was created on April 18, 1955, and the first tournament took three years to complete. The entrants were the major football team of each city which held a Trade Fair. Like many cities taking part, London had several strong teams; however rules stated that there could only be a single team from each city [ [,13854,1496157,00.html Are Liverpool the worst European champions ever? | Special Reports | Guardian Unlimited Football ] ] . It was decided to create a team especially for the tournament, using the best players from each London-based club. Membership of the team varied considerably between matches.

The London XI, managed by Chelsea chairman Joe Mears, reached the final of the cup, after coming top of a group that included special XI teams from Basel and Frankfurt, and then beating Lausanne Sports. London lost 8-2 on aggregate over two legs to CF Barcelona.

The London XI only competed in the 1955-58 tournament, all future Inter-Cities Fairs Cups involving a London team were contested by individual clubs from London instead.

Teams and match details

Group stage

;Basel XI 0-5 London XI – June 4, 1955"Team:" Ron Reynolds (Tot), Peter Sillett (Che), Jim Fotheringham (Ars), Stan Willemse (Che), Ken Armstrong (Che), Derek Saunders (Che), Harry Hooper (Wes), Johnny Haynes (Ful), Cliff Holton (Ars), Eddie Firmani (Cha), Billy Kiernan (Cha).
"Substitute:" Brian Nicholas (QPR), on for Saunders 37'.
"Scorers:" Firmani 33', Holton 37', 43', 74', Hooper 81'.

;London XI 3-2 Frankfurt XIOctober 26, 1955 at Wembley Stadium"Team:" Ted Ditchburn (Tot), Peter Sillett (Che), Stan Willemse (Che), Danny Blanchflower (Tot), Charlie Hurley (Mil), Cyril Hammond (Cha), Vic Groves (Ley), Bobby Robson (Ful), Bedford Jezzard (Ful), Roy Bentley (Che), Charlie Mitten (Ful).
"Scorers:" Jezzard 46', 76', Robson 60'.

;London XI 1-0 Basel XIMay 4, 1956 at White Hart Lane"Team:" Jack Kelsey (Ars), Peter Sillett (Che), John Hewie (Cha), Danny Blanchflower (Tot), Stan Wicks (Che), Ken Coote (Bre), Jim Lewis (Che), Derek Tapscott (Ars), Cliff Holton (Ars), Bob Cameron (QPR), George Robb (Tot).
"Scorers:" Robb 87'.

;Frankfurt XI 1-0 London XI – March 27, 1957"Team:" Ron Reynolds (Tot), John Bond (Wes), Peter Sillett (Che), Ken Armstrong (Che), Malcolm Allison (Wes), Tony Marchi (Tot), Terry Medwin (Tot), Stuart Leary (Cha), David Herd (Ars), Johnny Haynes (Ful), Billy Kiernan (Cha).


;Lausanne Sports 2-1 London XI – September 16, 1957"Team:" Ted Ditchburn (Tot), Stan Charlton (Ars), Dennis Evans (Ars), Brian Nicholas (Che) , Jim Fotheringham (Ars), Phil McKnight (Ley), Peter Berry (Cry), Geoff Truett (Cry), Les Stubbs (Che), Phil Woosnam (Ley), Joe Haverty (Ars).
"Scorers:" Haverty 70'.

;London XI 2-0 Lausanne SportsOctober 23, 1957 at Highbury"Team:" Jack Kelsey (Ars), Stan Charlton (Ars), Peter Sillett (Che), Ken Coote (Bre), Bill Dodgin (Ars), Derek Saunders (Che), Roy Dwight (Ful), Jimmy Greaves (Che), Cliff Holton (Ars), Johnny Haynes (Ful), Billy Kiernan (Cha).
"Scorers:" Greaves 10', Holton 76'.

"London won 3-2 on aggregate"


;London XI 2-2 CF BarcelonaMarch 3, 1958 at Stamford Bridge"Team:" Jack Kelsey (Ars), Peter Sillett (Che), Jim Langley (Ful), Danny Blanchflower (Tot), Maurice Norman (Tot), Ken Coote (Bre), Vic Groves (Ars), Jimmy Greaves (Che), Bobby Smith (Tot), Johnny Haynes (Ful), George Robb (Tot).
"Scorers:" Greaves 10', Langley (pen) 88'.

;CF Barcelona 6-0 London XI – May 1, 1958"Team:" Jack Kelsey (Ars), George Wright (Ley), Noel Cantwell (Wes), Danny Blanchflower (Tot), Ken Brown (Wes), Dave Bowen (Ars), Terry Medwin (Tot), Vic Groves (Ars), Bobby Smith (Tot), Jimmy Bloomfield (Ars), Jim Lewis (Che)

"CF Barcelona won 8-2 on aggregate"

;Key:Ars – Arsenal ; Bre – Brentford ; Cha – Charlton Athletic ; Che – Chelsea ; Cry – Crystal Palace ; Ful – Fulham ; Ley – Leyton Orient ; Mil – Millwall ; QPR – Queens Park Rangers ; Tot – Tottenham Hotspur ; Wes – West Ham United

ee also

*Football in London
*Football in England
*List of football clubs in England
*Copenhagen XI


External links

* [ Details of the 1955-58 Fairs Cup]
* [ London teamlists]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • London —    The capital of the Empire and from early times an important centre of trade and commerce. On the northern bank of the River Thames.    The first authentic mention of Londinium, as it was called by the Romans, occurs in Tacitus, Annales, Lib.… …   Dictionary of London

  • London — London …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • London —     London     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► London     London, the capital of England and chief city of the British Empire, is situated about fifty miles from the mouth of the Thames, Lat. 51°30 , Long. 0°5 . The word London is used in widely… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • LONDON — LONDON, capital of england and seat of what has always been the largest Jewish community in the country. Medieval Period There is no reliable evidence for the presence of Jews in London until after the close of the Saxon period. After the Norman… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • London — puede significar: Contenido 1 Geografía 1.1  Reino Unido 1.2  Canadá 1.3  Estados Unidos …   Wikipedia Español

  • London [1] — London (spr. lonnd n; hierzu Stadtplan: »London, innere Stadt«, mit Registerblatt), Hauptstadt Englands und des britischen Reiches, die bevölkertste Stadt der Erde, liegt zu beiden Seiten der hier 180–275 m breiten Themse, 97 km oberhalb deren… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • London [1] — London (spr. Lond n, fr. Londres, holländ. Londen, ital. Londra), Hauptstadt des Britischen Reichs, des Königreichs England u. der Grafschaft Middlesex, zu beiden Seiten der Themse (ungefähr 12 Meilen oberhalb ihrer Mündung in die Nordsee),… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • London — er hovedstaden i England og Storbrittannien. Det er en af de største byer i Europa. Byen er samtidig et af de vigtigste finans og handelscentrer i verden. Historie Oprindelig var London en keltisk by, grundlagt af romerne, der kaldte byen… …   Danske encyklopædi

  • London — London, AR U.S. city in Arkansas Population (2000): 925 Housing Units (2000): 413 Land area (2000): 2.399586 sq. miles (6.214898 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.038662 sq. miles (0.100133 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.438248 sq. miles (6.315031 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • LONDON (A.) — LONDON ARTUR (1915 1986) Né à Ostrava, London adhère à quatorze ans à la Jeunesse communiste. Trop pauvre pour poursuivre des études, il est vendeur dans le textile. Animateur de la Jeunesse communiste et du syndicat rouge dans cette vieille… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • London ’66–’67 — Мини альбом Pink Floyd …   Википедия

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”