1940 Football League War Cup Final

The 1940 Football League War Cup Final was contested by West Ham United and Blackburn Rovers. It was played on 8 June 1940 and kicked-off at 6.30pm despite fears that London would be bombed by the Luftwaffe.[1] The wartime crowd included wounded members of the BEF recently evacuated from Dunkirk. West Ham won the tie 1–0; the only goal coming from Sam Small in the 34th minute when he followed up a parried shot from George Foreman.[1] [2] [3][4] [5]
Match details[edit]

West Ham United v Blackburn Rovers

1940-06-08

West Ham United
1–0
Blackburn Rovers

Small  34′

Wembley, London
Attendance: 42,300

West Ham United:

1
Herman Conway

2
Charlie Bicknell

3
Charlie Walker

4
Ted Fenton

5
Dick Walker

6
Joe Cockroft

7
Sam Small

8
Archie Macaulay

9
George Foreman

10
Len Goulden

11
Stan Foxall

Manager:

Charlie Paynter

Blackburn Rovers:

1
James Barron

2
Billy Hough

3
Walter Crook

4
Arnold Whiteside

5
Bob Pryde

6
Frank Chivers

7
William Rodgers

8
Len Butt

9
John Weddle

10
Albert Clarke

11
Billy Guest

Manager:

Bob Crompton

Post Match[edit]
The trophy was presented to the winning team by A. V. Alexander, First Lord of the Admiralty.[5]
As the match was played during wartime, no reception was held for the winning team. Some players went to the Boleyn public house on Green Street for a few pints whilst others returned immediately to their service units.[6]
References[edit]

^ a b “1940 Football League War Cup Final: West Ham v Blackburn”. www.youtube.com. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
^ “Cockney cheer in War Cup | Great Games Details | Great Games | Vintage Claret | West Ham United”. Whufc.com. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
^ “Blackburn Rovers | Club | History | Through The Years | Through The Years | 1935 – 1944: Relegation and promotion”. Rovers.co.uk. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
^ http://www.anyoldirons.me.uk/pdf/1900%20-%201960/09_06_40.pdf
^ a b “War Time Football – Cup Final”. British Pathe. 1940-06-13. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
^ Blows, Kirk (2000). The Essential History of West Ham United. Swindon: Headline Book Publishing. p. 78. ISBN 0-7472-7036-8. 

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