The Black-And-White Years: 12 Great Vintage Photos From The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (Europa League’s Granddad)

By Chris Wright

Before the Europa League was the UEFA Cup, and before that came the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup – so called as the competition was originally designed to promote trades fairs across the continent and, as such, was solely contested by teams from European cities which hosted trade fairs.

The competition began in 1955 and ran until 1971, when UEFA finally stuck their oar in and transmogrified it into the UEFA Cup we know and love today (click for the full-sized images)…

(Photos: PA)