1939–40 in English football

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The 1939–1940 season was the 65th season of competitive football in England. It was suspended in September after the outbreak of World War II.

Overview[edit]

World War II broke out early into this season. Shortly after war was declared, most competitions, including the Football League, were abandoned as the country's attention turned to the war effort. A few leagues, such as the Northern League, did manage to complete a season, but more than half of the teams were unable to fulfil all their fixtures and resigned.

Blackpool sat at the top the First Division table at the time the abandonment occurred.[1] The FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round was played, but with hostilities declared before replays took place, that competition too was abandoned. Entry fees received for the 1939–40 Cup were honoured for the next Cup in 1945–46.

Many footballers signed up to fight in the war and as a result many teams were depleted, and fielded guest players instead. Regional league competitions were set up. Appearances in these tournaments do not count in players' official records. The FA Cup was resumed for the 1945–46 season and The Football League for the 1946–47 season.

Honours[edit]

Wartime[edit]

After the abandonment of the football programme, the league was split into ten mini regional leagues. A national cup competition was also held.

Competition Winner
Midland League Wolverhampton Wanderers
West League Stoke City
North-East League Huddersfield Town
North-West League Bury
South League 'A' Arsenal
South League 'B' Queens Park Rangers
South League 'C' Tottenham Hotspur
South League 'D' Crystal Palace
South-West League Plymouth Argyle
East Midland League Chesterfield
Football League War Cup West Ham United

League tables[edit]

League West[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
1 Stoke City 22 13 5 4 57 41 1.39 31
2 Liverpool 22 12 5 5 66 40 1.65 29
3 Everton 22 12 4 6 64 33 1.939 28
4 Manchester United 22 14 0 8 74 41 1.805 28
5 Manchester City 22 12 4 6 73 41 1.78 28
6 Wrexham 22 10 5 7 45 50 0.9 25
7 New Brighton 22 10 3 9 55 52 1.058 23
8 Port Vale 22 10 2 10 52 56 0.929 22
9 Chester 22 7 5 10 40 51 0.784 19
10 Crewe Alexandra 22 6 1 15 44 79 0.557 13
11 Stockport County 22 4 3 15 45 79 0.57 11
12 Tranmere Rovers 22 2 3 17 41 93 0.441 7

League South A[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
1 Arsenal 18 13 4 1 62 22 2.818 30
2 West Ham United 18 12 1 5 57 33 1.727 25
3 Millwall 18 8 5 5 46 38 1.211 21
4 Watford 18 9 3 6 44 38 1.158 21
5 Norwich City 18 7 6 5 41 36 1.139 20
6 Charlton Athletic 18 8 1 9 61 58 1.052 17
7 Crystal Palace 18 5 3 10 39 56 0.696 13
8 Clapton Orient 18 5 3 10 28 60 0.467 13
9 Tottenham Hotspur 18 5 2 11 37 43 0.86 12
10 Southend United 18 4 0 14 30 61 0.492 8

League South B[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
1 Queens Park Rangers 18 12 2 4 49 26 1.885 26
2 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 18 11 2 5 52 37 1.405 24
3 Chelsea 18 9 5 4 44 37 1.189 23
4 Reading 18 10 2 6 47 42 1.119 22
5 Brentford 18 8 2 8 42 41 1.024 18
6 Fulham 18 7 4 7 50 51 0.98 18
7 Portsmouth 18 7 2 9 37 42 0.881 16
8 Aldershot 18 5 4 9 38 49 0.776 14
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 18 5 1 12 42 53 0.792 11
10 Southampton 18 4 0 14 41 64 0.641 8

League South C[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 18 11 4 3 43 30 1.433 26
2 West Ham United 18 10 4 4 53 28 1.893 24
3 Arsenal 18 9 5 4 41 26 1.577 23
4 Brentford 18 8 4 6 42 34 1.235 20
5 Millwall 18 7 5 6 36 30 1.2 19
6 Charlton Athletic 18 7 4 7 39 36 1.083 18
7 Fulham 18 8 1 9 38 42 0.905 17
8 Southampton 18 5 3 10 28 55 0.509 13
9 Chelsea 18 4 3 11 33 53 0.623 11
10 Portsmouth 18 3 3 12 26 45 0.578 9

Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

League South D[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
1 Crystal Palace 18 13 1 4 64 30 2.133 27
2 Queens Park Rangers 18 10 3 5 38 28 1.357 23
3 Watford 18 7 7 4 41 29 1.414 21
4 Southend United 18 8 3 7 41 37 1.108 19
5 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 18 8 2 8 40 41 0.976 18
6 Aldershot 18 7 3 8 38 36 1.056 17
7 Clapton Orient 18 7 3 8 33 45 0.733 17
8 Norwich City 18 6 4 8 33 36 0.917 16
9 Reading 18 6 2 10 31 42 0.738 14
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 18 2 4 12 30 65 0.462 8

League South-West[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
1 Plymouth Argyle 28 16 4 8 72 41 1.756 36
2 Torquay United 28 14 6 8 73 62 1.177 34
3 Bristol Rovers 28 9 10 9 62 55 1.127 28
4 Newport County 28 12 4 12 70 63 1.111 28
5 Swindon Town 28 10 8 10 66 63 1.048 28
6 Swansea Town 28 10 6 12 54 60 0.9 26
7 Cardiff City 28 6 13 9 45 63 0.714 25
8 Bristol City 28 7 5 16 57 92 0.62 19

League East Midlands[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
1 Chesterfield 20 14 2 4 69 23 3 30
2 Barnsley 20 10 5 5 43 29 1.483 25
3 Sheffield United 20 12 1 7 46 34 1.353 25
4 Grimsby Town 20 10 2 8 44 44 1 22
5 Mansfield Town 20 9 3 8 49 48 1.021 21
6 Lincoln City 20 9 0 11 42 53 0.792 18
7 Doncaster Rovers 20 7 4 9 37 45 0.822 18
8 Rotherham United 20 7 4 9 24 42 0.571 18
9 Sheffield Wednesday 20 5 5 10 33 42 0.786 15
10 Nottingham Forest 20 5 4 11 57 43 1.326 14
11 Notts County 20 6 2 12 57 57 1 14

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Smales, Ken (2006). "The 1940s". Nottingham Forest: The Official Statistical History. Pineapple Books.