Football scheme and club views

Wednesday, May 8 – 1940
The Football League today announce a scheme for season 1940-41 for acceptance by the clubs. The 88 clubs are divided into four sections, and clubs have to arrange their home and away fixtures up to and including February 8 with clubs in the game section, to include certain compulsory matches.

The championship of each section will be decided on goal-average or percentage. The League will be suspended after February 8 for a cup competition, the first eleven clubs in each section on January 25 being exempt from the qualifying round. The Cup competition will be played through on the home-and home basic up to the final, which is scheduled for May 3.

From March 1 the League competition will be renewed, and becomes national, irrespective of sections. Clubs would have the liberty of arranging any matches, but the results are to count in the championships. Trophies and medals would be awarded the champions of each section.

The groups affecting Merseyside is:-
North A – Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, Preston North End, Stoke City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burnley, Bury, Manchester City, Accrington, Barrow, Chester, Crewe, New Brighton, Oldham, Port Vale, Rochdale, Stockport County, Tranmere Rovers, Wrexham.

If the scheme is turned down, the League have alternatives to submit. Mr. Andrew Coffey, chairman of Everton, said to me today; “I cannot see that the scheme is practicable. Something better is needed.”
(Evening Express, 08-05-1940)

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