War League Cup Records

The War League Cup was the primary cup competition during the Second World War. From 1942 it was organised into two regional sections, North and South, with the winners playing off. In 1941-42 many of the Southern teams did not compete, and the winners of the London War Cup qualified for the play-off. The results from the finals and play-offs were as follows:

    1939-40  War Cup     West Ham Utd         1    Blackburn Rov        0
    1940-41  War Cup     Arsenal            1/1    Preston NE         1/2
    1941-42  War Cup     Sunderland         2/1    Wolverhampton W    2/4
             Play-off    Brentford            1    Wolverhampton W      1
    1942-43  War Cup S   Arsenal              7    Charlton Ath         1
             War Cup N   Blackpool          2/2    Sheffield Wed      2/1
             Play-off    Blackpool            4    Arsenal              2
    1943-44  War Cup S   Charlton Ath         3    Chelsea              1
             War Cup N   Blackpool          2/2    Aston Villa        1/4
             Play-off    Charlton Ath         1    Aston Villa          1
    1944-45  War Cup S   Chelsea              2    Millwall             0
             War Cup N   Bolton Wand        1/2    Manchester Utd     0/2
             Play-off    Chelsea              1    Bolton Wand          2

Reading reached the semi-finals of the Southern section in 1942-43 and 1943-44.

Reading's complete record in all the wartime cups (the War League Cup, the London War Cup, and the Division 3 South League Cup) is as follows:

            PL     W    D    L    GF    GA    PTS    P3/PL
HOME        31    20    5    6    91    34     45    2.097
AWAY        30    12    6   12    60    58     30    1.400
NEUTRAL      3     1    0    2     6     7      2    1.000
TOTAL       64    33   11   20   157    99     77    1.719
(8 seasons)

This can be broken down by opponent as follows (for details see here).

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS    P3
 1. Leyton Orient        6   2  1  0  14   2   2  1  0  10   1   10    14
 2. Arsenal              6   2  0  1   8   4   2  0  1   4   5    8    12
 3. Millwall             4   1  1  0   7   2   2  0  0   7   1    7    10
 4. Cardiff City         6   2  0  1   4   3   0  1  2   4   8    5     7
 5. Aldershot            2   1  0  0   5   1   1  0  0   7   2    4     6
 6. Chelsea              3   1  0  0   7   2   1  0  1   6   3    4     6
 7. Torquay Utd          4   2  0  0   9   0   0  0  2   1   5    4     6
 8. Fulham               2   1  0  0   3   0   1  0  0   4   3    4     6
 9. Brighton & HA        2   1  0  0   4   1   1  0  0   2   1    4     6
10. Bristol City         2   1  0  0   3   2   1  0  0   2   1    4     6
11. Tottenham H          6   0  2  1   4   5   1  1  1   5   5    5     6
12. West Ham Utd         2   1  0  0   4   1   0  1  0   1   1    3     4
13. Crystal Palace       3   1  0  1   4   3   0  1  0   3   3    3     4
14. Swindon Town         2   1  0  0   5   0   0  0  1   2   3    2     3
15. Brentford            1   0  0  0   0   0   1  0  0   3   2    2     3
    Ipswich Town         2   1  0  0   2   0   0  0  1   1   2    2     3
17. Watford              2   1  0  0   3   0   0  0  1   0   6    2     3
18. Portsmouth           2   1  0  0   1   0   0  0  1   0   5    2     3
19. AFC Bournemouth      2   0  1  0   1   1   0  0  1   2   3    1     1
20. Charlton Ath         3   0  0  1   3   5   0  1  1   2   3    1     1
21. Birmingham C         2   0  0  1   0   2   0  0  1   0   2    0     0

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