Inter-Cities Fairs Cup

Biggest Win: 2 - 0 vs. Barcelona (H) on Nov 16th, 1966

Total Players Used: 29

The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup was the idea of future senior FIFA Officials Ernst Thommen, Ottorino Barassi and Stanley Rous as a way to promote International Trade Fairs throughout Europe. Starting in 1955, the competition was originally only open to teams from cities that hosted trade fairs. The position at which these teams finished in their national league had no relevance, and a "one city, one team" rule was also in operation.

The early tournaments took two or three years to complete with matches timed to coincide with trade fairs, with Barcelona winning the first two competitions by beating English teams in the two-legged finals. For the third competition in 1960 both its name and its duration were shortened, with sixteen clubs taking part in the 1960-61 tournament, after which it was staged on an annual basis. Hibs became the first Scottish club to participate, beating Barcelona 7-6 on aggregate in the Quarter Finals before losing to Roma in the Semi Finals. By 1962 the number of entrants had risen to 32 and qualification by League position was introduced, with Hibs, Hearts, Celtic, Dunfermline, Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock taking part over the next four seasons as the competition grew in popularity.

In 1966, Dundee United became the 7th Scottish club to enter the Fairs Cup when they finished in 5th place in Division One - the club's highest ever placing at the time - and entered a European competition for the first time in their history. It was a memorable debut, with United facing - and defeating - the holders of the trophy, Spanish giants Barcelona. United qualified for the competition three times between 1966 and 1970, and played in some fantastic ties against Juventus, Newcastle United, Grasshoppers and Sparta Prague before the tournament was taken over by UEFA in 1971 and relaunched as the UEFA Cup.

Venue Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
Home 5 4 0 1 8 4 +4
Away 5 1 1 3 3 8 -5
Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 10 5 1 4 11 12 -1

Games Played Against

Sparta Prague2
Juventus2
Grasshoppers Zurich2
FC Barcelona2
Newcastle United2

Goals Scored Against

FC Barcelona4
Grasshoppers Zurich3
Sparta Prague2
Juventus1
Newcastle United1

 1970
 Nov 4th Sparta Prague (2nd Round 2nd Leg) 1 - 0  (H)    9,000  
 Oct 21st Sparta Prague (2nd Round 1st Leg) 1 - 3  (A)    17,600  
 Sep 30th Grasshoppers (1st Round 2nd Leg) 0 - 0  (A)    4,500  
 Sep 15th Grasshoppers (1st Round 1st Leg) 3 - 2  (H)    8,400  
 1969
 Oct 1st Newcastle Utd (1st Round 2nd Leg) 0 - 1  (A)    37,470  
 Sep 15th Newcastle Utd (1st Round 1st Leg) 1 - 2  (H)    15,500  
 1967
 Mar 8th Juventus (3rd Round 2nd Leg) 1 - 0  (H)    27,245  
 Feb 8th Juventus (3rd Round 1st Leg) 0 - 3  (A)    6,800  
 1966
 Nov 16th Barcelona (2nd Round 2nd Leg) 2 - 0  (H)    28,000  
 Oct 25th Barcelona (2nd Round 1st Leg) 2 - 1  (A)    22,459   X