Suspension of football


Monday, September 4 – 1939
Clubs advised to retain players.
The secretary of the Football League stated yesterday that football is suspended, and all contracts with players are automatically cancelled. Whatever clubs do for players is voluntary.

Mr. William Cuff, president of the Football League, yesterday said that for the time being clubs should instruct their players to stand by. While it was not the official ruling of the Management Committee, this was his advice at the moment.

“I don’t think the clubs should allow their players to disperse,” continued Mr. Cuff, “as the committee will deal with the position as quickly as possible.”

Contracts between clubs and players is a domestic matter in the opinion of Mr. Cuff.
“There is the question of contract of service, and if it is found impossible to carry out the contracts then of course the parties are excused.

“We shall publish a statement regarding the players of the Football League and no doubt the Football Association will issue one affecting their clubs.”

Mr. Ted Robbins, the Welsh FA Secretary, has issued the following announcement: “It will have been noticed that football has been suspended. This decision is doubtless necessary, but I feel that in a very short time the ban may be raised in certain areas so as to afford some recreation for the people, and to take their minds temporarily off sterner things.”

Mr. Robbins is anxious to provide evacuated boys and girls with tennis balls, and invites either loans or gifts from those who would like to contribute them.
(Liverpool Daily Post, 05-09-1939)

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