1917–18 in English football
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Between 1915 and 1919 competitive football was suspended in England. Many footballers signed up to fight in the war and as a result many teams were depleted, and fielded guest players instead. The Football League and FA Cup were suspended and in their place regional league competitions were set up; appearances in these tournaments do not count in players' official records.
There were four regional leagues. The Football League Lancashire and Midland sections were split into a principal tournament, consisting of a single league, and then a subsidiary tournament of four groups.
|Competition||Principal Tournament winner||Subsidiary Tournament winner(s)|
|Football League (Lancashire Section)||Stoke||Liverpool (Group A)|
Manchester City (Group B)
Preston North End (Group C)
Bolton Wanderers (Group D)
|Football League (Midland Section)||Leeds City||Grimsby Town (Group A)|
Notts County (Group B)
The Wednesday (Group C)
Leeds City (Group D)
|Bristol County Combination||Bristol City||n/a|
A championship playoff was held between Stoke and Leeds City, which Leeds won 2–1 on aggregate.