1916–17 in English football

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The 1916–17 season was the second season of special wartime football in England during the First World War.


Between 1915 and 1919 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.


There were three regional leagues; the South-West Combination played in 1915–16 was discontinued. Each league, except the London Combination, was split into a principal tournament, consisting of a single league, and then a subsidiary tournament of four groups.

Competition Principal Tournament winner Subsidiary Tournament winner(s)
Football League (Lancashire Section) Liverpool Rochdale (Group A)
Everton (Group B)
Burnley (Group C)
Manchester United (Group D)
Football League (Midland Section) Leeds City Bradford Park Avenue (Group A)
Sheffield United (Group B)
Birmingham (Group C)
Chesterfield (Group D)
London Combination West Ham United n/a
Source: [1]


  1. ^ Kungler, Peter (15 February 2003). "England 1916/17". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 20 April 2015.