The draw for the preliminary round took place at the
headquarters of the French
Football Federation in Paris on
Tuesday, 23 July 1957. As
title holders, Real Madrid received a bye, and the remaining 23
teams were grouped geographically into three pots. The first
four teams drawn in each pot, and four more teams in pot 1,
would play the preliminary round in September, while the
remaining clubs received byes.
The calendar was decided by the involved teams, with all matches
to be played by 30 September.
Karl Marx Stadt qualified due to a coin
toss, after their play-off against Gwardia Warszawa was
abandoned after 100 minutes due to floodlight power failure with
the result of 11.
2 To allow
an evening kick-off at Dalymount Park in Dublin, which had no
floodlights, the teams agreed to change over at half-time
without a break. Consequently, the Irish part-timers ran out of
steam and Manchester United's 1-0 half-time lead deteriorated to
6-0. As United's sixth goal hit the Rovers' net an angry voice
in the crowd was heard to say: "Ye feckers! Wait till we get you
in Manchester!" The second leg was indeed a closer match, as it
was played under lights at Old Trafford with the normal
beat Rapid Wien 42 in a play-off to qualify.