World War II Cups
War League Cup
The main cup competition during the Second World War was the War League Cup. This was organised into two sections corresponding to the Northern and Southern War Leagues with a play-off between the winners. The exception was in 1941-42 when the London Cup Winners, Brentford, were the southern representatives. The competition was discontinued in 1945-46 in favour of an extended FA Cup – the ties up to the semi-finals being played over two legs.
|1939-40||F||West Ham United||1||Blackburn Rovers||0|
|1940-41||F||Arsenal||1/1||Preston North End||1/2|
|PO||Charlton Athletic||1||Aston Villa||1|
|N||Bolton Wanderers||1/2||Manchester United||0/2|
London War Cup
The London War Cup was first organised in 1940-41 and reflected the dissatisfaction of teams from London and the South East with the structure of the War League. Reading were the inaugural winners, beating Brentford 3-2 at Stamford Bridge. With the formation of the London War League in 1941-42 it became the main cup competition in the South of England. It was then discontinued as the London War League rejoined the main War League in 1942-43.
Division 3 Regional League Cups
In 1945-46 Division 3 North and South were each divided into two regional sections. In addition to a round of League games, these sections also played qualifying groups for two regional League Cups. The results of the Southern semi-finals and final were as follows:
|1945-46||SF||Bournemouth & BA||1/1||Queens Park Rangers||1/0|
|F||Bournemouth & BA||1||Walsall||0|
While the result of the Northern final was: