June 25, 1945
Football League clubs will take part in the FA Cup next season and will carry out the programme agreed by them at their special meeting in Manchester early last month unless they change their minds at their annual meeting in London on July 23.
This was made clear in a statement issued by the Football League Management Committee to-day following their meeting in London last night.
“Fixtures have been arranged in accordance with the decisions of the clubs at Manchester,” said Mr. Fred Howarth, the League secretary.
“First and Second Division clubs are grouped in North and South sections and the Third Division will play their peacetime North and South programmes.
“The League will be dropping their own cup competitions and we anticipated League clubs will take part in the FA Cup.”
Mr. Howarth disclosed that the Management Committee had turned down a request from the Third Division North Section for regional fixtures. The South, he added, had not made such a request to the Management Committee.
“The Management Committee,” he said, “feel clubs should not be deterred by talk of travel and team difficulties and ought to give a trial to the programme they have already agreed upon. We have made a full season’s fixtures – 42 matches – for every club. There will, of course, have to be postponements when the FA Cup comes along.”
(Source: Evening Despatch: June 25, 1945; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited