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 Club P W D L F A Pts
1 Stoke City 22 13 5 4 57 41 31
2 Liverpool 22 12 5 5 66 40 29
3 Everton 22 12 4 6 64 33 28
4 Manchester United 22 14 0 8 74 41 28
5 Manchester City 22 12 4 6 73 41 28
6 Wrexham 22 10 5 7 45 50 25
7 New Brighton 22 10 3 9 55 52 23
8 Port Vale 22 10 2 10 52 56 22
9 Chester 22 7 5 10 40 51 19
10 Crewe Alexandra 22 6 1 15 44 79 13
11 Stockport County 22 4 3 15 45 79 11
12 Tranmere Rovers 22 2 3 17 41 93 7

League South A[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A Pts
1 Arsenal 18 13 4 1 62 22 30
2 West Ham United 18 12 1 5 57 33 25
3 Millwall 18 8 5 5 46 38 21
4 Watford 18 9 3 6 44 38 21
5 Norwich City 18 7 6 5 41 36 20
6 Charlton Athletic 18 8 1 9 61 58 17
7 Crystal Palace 18 5 3 10 39 56 13
8 Clapton Orient 18 5 3 10 28 60 13
9 Tottenham Hotspur 18 5 2 11 37 43 12
10 Southend United 18 4 0 14 30 61 8

League South B[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A Pts
1 Queens Park Rangers 18 12 2 4 49 26 26
2 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 18 11 2 5 52 37 24
3 Chelsea 18 9 5 4 44 37 23
4 Reading 18 10 2 6 47 42 22
5 Brentford 18 8 2 8 42 41 18
6 Fulham 18 7 4 7 50 51 18
7 Portsmouth 18 7 2 9 37 42 16
8 Aldershot 18 5 4 9 38 49 14
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 18 5 1 12 42 53 11
10 Southampton 18 4 0 14 41 64 8

League South C[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 18 11 4 3 43 30 26
2 West Ham United 18 10 4 4 53 28 24
3 Arsenal 18 9 5 4 41 26 23
4 Brentford 18 8 4 6 42 34 20
5 Millwall 18 7 5 6 36 30 19
6 Charlton Athletic 18 7 4 7 39 36 18
7 Fulham 18 8 1 9 38 42 17
8 Southampton 18 5 3 10 28 55 13
9 Chelsea 18 4 3 11 33 53 11
10 Portsmouth 18 3 3 12 26 45 9

League South D[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A Pts
1 Crystal Palace 18 13 1 4 64 30 27
2 Queens Park Rangers 18 10 3 5 38 28 23
3 Watford 18 7 7 4 41 29 21
4 Southend United 18 8 3 7 41 37 19
5 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 18 8 2 8 40 41 18
6 Aldershot 18 7 3 8 38 36 17
7 Clapton Orient 18 7 3 8 33 45 17
8 Norwich City 18 6 4 8 33 36 16
9 Reading 18 6 2 10 31 42 14
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 18 2 4 12 30 65 8

League South-West[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A Pts
1 Plymouth Argyle 28 16 4 8 72 41 36
2 Torquay United 28 14 6 8 73 62 34
3 Bristol Rovers 28 9 10 9 62 55 28
4 Newport County 28 12 4 12 70 63 28
5 Swindon Town 28 10 8 10 66 63 28
6 Swansea Town 28 10 6 12 54 60 26
7 Cardiff City 28 6 13 9 45 63 25
8 Bristol City 28 7 5 16 57 92 19

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