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1939-40 season
General information
Performance
Division 1

Season postponed after 3 games

Western Division

Runners-up

War League Cup

1st round

Top scorers
Division 1

Taylor (2)

Western Division

Nieuwenhuys (18)

War League Cup

Fagan (1)

Overall

Nieuwenhuys (18)

Attendances

The 1939-40 season was an unofficial season during World War II, and was Liverpool's 48th season of football since they were established. The outbreak of World War II saw the suspension of all professional football in September 1939; Liverpool had played just three games by this point and sat fourth place in the league.

An unofficial regional league system was put in place throughout the country, and Liverpool were placed in the Western Divison, along with Everton and Manchester United among others. Due to many players going off to take part in military service, Liverpool's depleted squad was suplemented by guest players. Notable players to continue playing this season include Arthur Riley, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Billy Liddell and Bob Paisley.

As the FA Cup had also been suspended, a replacement knockout competition - the War League Cup - was put in place. Liverpool were knocked out at the first hurdle by Barrow, who beat Liverpool 4-1 on aggregate over the two-legged tie. Liverpool were much more successful in the Western Divison, finishing just two points behind champions Stoke City. South African forward Berry Nieuwenhuys finished as top scorer in the season, scoring 18 goals in all competitons. No statistics attained during the war years were counted as official.

SquadEdit

LiverpoolSquad1939-1940

Note: Fixed squad numbers were not introduced until the 1993-94 season.

FriendliesEdit

Date Opponent Score Scorers
19 August 1939 Everton 2-1[1] Taylor, Balmer
16 September 1939 Chester 5-0 Fagan 2, Nieuwenhuys, Balmer, Carney
23 September 1939 Bolton 3-0 Balmer 2, Busby
30 September 1939 Blackburn 5-0 Taylor 2, Fagan, Nieuwenhuys, Balmer
7 October 1939 Everton 1-4 Taylor
14 October 1939 Crewe Alexandra 1-0 Nieuwenhuys
16 December 1939 Preston North End 0-1
25 December 1939 Everton 2-3 Fagan 2
26 December 1939 Everton 1-2 Busby
30 December 1939 Preston North End 3-1 Fagan, Done 2
25 March 1940 Bolton 0-1
5 May 1940 Oldham 4-2 Carney, Liddell, G. Leadbetter, Nieuwenhuys

ResultsEdit

LeagueEdit

Date Opponent Score Scorers
26 August 1939 Sheffield United 1-2 McInnes
30 August 1939 Middlesbrough 4-1 Taylor 2, Van Den Ber, Balmer
2 September 1939 Chelsea 1-0 Done

Western DivisionEdit

Date Opponent Score Scorers
21 October 1939 Stockport 3-0 Balmer (15, 88), Fagan (89)
28 October 1939 Port Vale 1-1 Balmer (15)
11 November 1939 Tranmere 3-1 Fagan, Nieuwenhuys 2
18 November 1939 Man Utd 1-0 Fagan (pen 61)
25 November 1939 Wrexham 1-2 Nieuwenhuys
2 December 1939 Everton 2-2 Nieuwenhuys (50), Fagan (pen 51)
9 December 1939 Stoke 1-3 Fagan
23 December 1939 New Brighton 6-2 Done 4, Carney, Eastham
1 January 1940 Crewe Alexandra 7-3 Nieuwenhuys 3, Liddell, G. Leadbetter, Busby, Carney
6 January 1940 Man City 7-3 Liddell 3, Fagan 2, Nieuwenhuys 2
20 January 1940 Chester 1-1 Nieuwenhuys
24 February 1940 Port Vale 8-3 Fagan 4 (1 pen), Van Den Berg 2, Tennant, Liddell
16 March 1940 Man Utd 0-1
22 March 1940 Crewe Alexandra 6-3 Fagan 3 (2 pens), Carney, Balmer, Liddell
23 March 1940 Wrexham 0-0
30 March 1940 Everton 3-1 Nieuwenhuys 2 (28, 29), Liddell
6 April 1940 Stoke 1-2 Balmer
11 May 1940 Stockport 4-3 Nieuwenhuys 3, Van Den Berg
18 May 1940 Chester 0-4
25 May 1940 Man City 3-2 Nieuwenhuys, Liddell (pen 80), Murphy (83)
29 May 1940 Tranmere 8-3 Nieuwenhuys 2, Doherty 2, Carney 2, Liddell, Hanson
1 June 1940 New Brighton 0-0

War League CupEdit

Round Date Opponent Score Scorers
1 (1st leg) 20 April 1940 Barrow 0-2
1 (2nd leg) 27 April 1940 Barrow 1-2 Fagan (pen)

TablesEdit

LeagueEdit

Note: Season was suspended after 3 games.

Pos Club Pld W D L F A G. Avg Pts
3Arsenal 3210842.005
4Liverpool 3201632.004
5Bolton 3201651.204

Western DivisionEdit

Pos Club Pld W D L F A G. Avg Pts
1Stoke 22135457411.3931
2Liverpool 22125566401.6529
3Everton 22124664331.9428
4Man Utd 22140874411.8028
5Man City 22124673411.7828
6Wrexham 22105745500.9025
7New Brighton 22103955521.0623
8Port Vale 221021052560.9322
9Chester 22751040510.7819
10Crewe Alexandra 22611544790.5613
11Stockport 22431545790.5711
12Tranmere 22231741930.447

Player statsEdit

Note: Stats during war years are unofficial.

Pos. Name League WD WLC Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FW Jack Balmer 3 1 7 5 1 0 11 6
 ? A W Brown 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0
DF Matt Busby 3 0 14 1 2 0 19 1
MF Tom Bush 3 0 7 0 1 0 11 0
FW Len Carney 0 0 13 5 2 0 15 5
 ? Douglas F Cooke 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF Tom Cooper 0 0 9 0 0 0 9 0
 ? Peter Dermont Doherty 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 2
FW Cyril Done 1 1 4 4 0 0 5 5
DF John Easdale 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
 ? Stanley Eastham 0 0 9 1 1 0 10 1
FW Willie Fagan 3 0 12 14 1 1 16 15
 ? Ron Guttridge 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
 ? Walter Halsall 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
MF Alf Hanson 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 1
DF Jim Harley 3 0 5 0 1 0 9 0
GK Dirk Kemp 3 0 4 0 0 0 7 0
FW Bill Kinghorn 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF Ray Lambert 0 0 5 0 2 0 7 0
 ? G Leadbetter 0 0 4 1 0 0 4 1
MF Billy Liddell 0 0 14 9 2 0 16 9
GK Eric Holmes Mansley 0 0 6 0 1 0 7 0
DF Jimmy McInnes 3 1 11 0 0 0 14 1
 ? George Murphy 0 0 3 1 0 0 3 1
MF Berry Nieuwenhuys 3 0 20 18 2 0 25 18
MF Bob Paisley 0 0 5 0 2 0 7 0
MF Stan Palk 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW George Paterson 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF Bernard Ramsden 3 0 11 0 1 0 15 0
GK Arthur Riley 0 0 10 0 1 0 11 0
DF Fred Rogers 0 0 5 0 1 0 6 0
DF Eddie Spicer 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
 ? Robert William Stuart 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
 ? Frank Swift 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF Phil Taylor 2 2 11 0 0 0 13 2
DF Jack Tennant 0 0 15 1 0 0 15 1
MF Harman Van Den Berg 3 1 13 3 1 0 17 4
 ? George Walton 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0

TransfersEdit

InEdit

None.

OutEdit

None.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Jubilee Fund benefit match.


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