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1945 Final Programme Chelsea vs Bolton Wanderers played at Stamford Bridge
The Football League War Cup
was a tournament held between 1939 and 1945 which aimed to fill the hole left in English Football by the cancellation of the FA Cup
. League football had been regionalised and teams fielded guest players, most who were servicemen on leave. The winners of the respective Football League North and South Cup competitions played each other for this trophy. Appearances and goals in the Football League War Cup or the Football League South do not count in players' official records.
Chelsea reached the Final in 1944-45, having won the Southern Final against Millwall at Wembley, but lost to Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea captain, John Harris, shakes hands with the Charlton captain on 15th April 1944 in the FL South Final at Wembley. Chelsea lost 1-3 in what was effectively the semi-final of the War Time Cup
FL South Final against Millwall at Wembley on 7th April 1945 which Chelsea won 2-0 with goals from Wardle and McDonald