1918–19 in English football

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The 1918–19 season was the fifth and final season of special wartime football in England during the First World War.


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 six regional leagues. The Lancashire and Midland Sections of the Football League 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
Football League (Lancashire Section) Everton Blackpool (Group A)
Oldham Athletic (Group B)
Manchester City (Group C)
Liverpool (Group D)
Football League (Midland Section) Nottingham Forest Sheffield United (Group A)
Birmingham (Group B)
Bradford Park Avenue (Group C)
Hull City (Group D)
Midland Victory League West Bromwich Albion n/a
Northern Victory League Middlesbrough n/a
London Combination Brentford n/a
Bristol County Combination Bristol Rovers[1] n/a
Source: [2]

A championship playoff was held between Nottingham Forest and Everton, which Forest won 1–0 on aggregate.[2]

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  1. ^ Byrne, Stephen; Jay, Mike (2003). Bristol Rovers Football Club - The Definitive History 1883-2003. Stroud: Tempus. p. 110. ISBN 0-7524-2717-2.
  2. ^ a b Kungler, Peter (15 February 2003). "England 1918/19". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 20 April 2015.