1917–18 in English football

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The 1917–18 season was the third season of special wartime football in England during World War I.


Between 1914 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 three regional leagues. Each league, except the London Combination, was 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)
London Combination Chelsea n/a

A championship playoff was held between Stoke and Leeds City, which Leeds won 2–1 on aggregate.