1942–43 in English football

The 1942–43 season was the fourth season of special wartime football in England during the Second World War.


Between 1939 and 1946 normal 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.


League competition was split into three regional leagues, North, South and West.

Competition Winner
League South[1] Arsenal
League West[1]Lovells Athletic
League North[1]
League North Cup[1]Manchester City
Football League War Cup[2]
  • Blackpool (Northern Section)
  • Arsenal (Southern Section)
  • Blackpool beat Arsenal 4–2 in a playoff.
Lancashire War Cup[3] Manchester United


  1. 1 2 3 4 Kungler, Peter (12 February 2003). "England 1942/43". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  2. Rollin, Jack (2005). Soccer at War 1939–45. London: Headline. p. 261. ISBN 978-0-7553-1431-7.
  3. Kelly, Steven F. (1994). Back Page United. p. 84. ISBN 1-85291-553-6.
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