October 2, 1939
Eighty-two English Football League clubs are to take part in the Regional competition, and the Management Committee at Crewe today divided the country into eight sections as follows: –
North-East 11 clubs; North-West 12 clubs; East Midlands 11 clubs; Western 12 clubs; Midland eight clubs; South-West eight clubs; South “A” ten clubs; South “B” ten clubs.
Clubs not playing are Aston Villa, Sunderland, Derby County, Exeter City, Ipswich Town and Gateshead.
Competition will start on Saturday, October 21.
The Division are as follows: –
North-East: Huddersfield Town, Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Bradford, Newcastle United, Bradford City, Darlington, Halifax Town, Hartlepools United, Hull City, York City.
North-West: Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End, Burnley, Bury, Accrington Stanley, Barrow, Carlisle United, Oldham Athletic, Rochdale, Southport.
East Midlands: Grimsby Town, Sheffield United, Barnsley, Chesterfield Town, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, Doncaster Rovers, Lincoln City, Mansfield Town, Notts County, Rotherham United.
Western: Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, Stoke City, Manchester City, Chester, Crewe Alexandra, New Brighton, Port Vale, Stockport County, Tranmere Rovers, Wrexham.
Midland: Wolverhampton Wanderers, Birmingham, Coventry City, Leicester City, Luton Town, West Bromwich Albion, Northampton Town, Walsall.
South-West: Newport County, Plymouth Argyle, Swansea Town, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Cardiff City, Swindon Town, Torquay United.
South “A”: Arsenal, Charlton Athletic, Millwall, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Clapton Orient, Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Southend United, Watford.
South “B”: Brentford, Chelsea, Portsmouth, Fulham, Southampton, Aldershot, Bournemouth and B.A., Brighton and Hove Albion, Queens Park Rangers.
(Evening Express: October 2, 1939)