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England Wartime & Victory Internationals

I’ve previously written a few words about Sheffield United football legend Jimmy Hagan here on footysphere. More recently he’s been the subject of an excellent article on Les Rosbifs. Notwithstanding his amazing managerial record the one thing that stands out about his career for me is his fabulous scoring record for England in the wartime & victory Internationals held between 1939 and 1946. He managed to bag 13 goals in 16 appearances and wondering whether this was the best strike rate achieved by any England player during this period I began to have a look into these unofficial international matches & the players who represented their country.

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Royal Air Force v Scotland 1944 - War Charities Representative Match
Played at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground this wartime fixture attracted a crowd of forty thousand and raised over £5000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund and Scottish War Charities.
Scotland won 7-1 with goals from Billy Liddell (2), Andrew Black (2), Willie Fagan, Ephraim ‘Jock’ Dodds & (Sir) Matt Busby. Stan Mortenson scored the consolation goal for the RAF.
Match report on London Hearts

Royal Air Force v Scotland 1944 - War Charities Representative Match

Played at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground this wartime fixture attracted a crowd of forty thousand and raised over £5000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund and Scottish War Charities.

Scotland won 7-1 with goals from Billy Liddell (2), Andrew Black (2), Willie Fagan, Ephraim ‘Jock’ Dodds & (Sir) Matt Busby. Stan Mortenson scored the consolation goal for the RAF.

Wartime Football

Wartime Football

You know for sure there’s a war on when you’re at the football and an air raid warden is scanning the sky for any sign of the Luftwaffe! This photo, possibly, shows a game between West Ham and Chelsea from 1940 but happy to be corrected if anyone knows any different.

Edit: Confirmed, the game was West Ham v Chelsea played on 7th December 1940 at Upton Park. The Hammers ran out 6-2 winners in front of 1000 spectators. Thanks to chrisredditch and South Bank over at the Football Ground Guide Message Board.