Football League Third Division South Cup

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The Football League Third Division South Cup was a football knockout competition open to teams competing in Football League Third Division South. The competition was first held in 1933–34 and ran until the 1938–39 season.[1] The cup was revived for the 1945–46 season.[2]


The competition was run using a knockout format, with games replayed if level. In the first year the tournament format resulted in 6 first round ties, with the remaining 10 sides joining in the next round to make eight ties.[3] In most seasons there were minor changes to the format, resulting in differing numbers of ties in each round. The tournaments featured all 22 teams from Division Three South. In the first two seasons the final was played at a neutral venue, and for the next three seasons the final was two-legged, whilst the final edition was not completed.[1]

The 1945-46 competition started with two cup competitions, the Third Division South (South) Cup and Third Division South (North) Cup. Each cup consisted of 11 teams played on a league basis, although only 16 games were played by each team. The first two places in each cup then contested the semi-finals of a knockout competition.[2]


List of Finals[edit]

The result of each year's final is given in the table below.[1][2]

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1933–34 Exeter City 1–0 Torquay United
1934–35 Bristol Rovers 3–2 Watford
1935–36 Coventry City 5–2 (agg) Swindon Town
1936–37 Watford 3–3 (agg; trophy shared) Millwall
1937–38 Reading 6–2 (agg) Bristol City
1938–39 Not completed: Torquay United had reached the final;
QPR and Port Vale had drawn their semi-final
1945–46 Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic 1–0 Walsall


The 1933–34 final was held at Home Park, Plymouth on 2 May 1934.[4]

The 1945–46 final was held at Stamford Bridge, London.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c List of finals at Statto
  2. ^ a b c d Rollin, Jack (2005). Soccer at War 1939-45. pp. 246, 259. ISBN 0-7553-1431-X. 
  3. ^ 1933–34 2nd Rnd results, with links to other rounds/seasons – Statto.
  4. ^ "Rare pre-war football medal to raise £350 at auction". This is Cornwall. 6 November 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2010.