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During the Battle of Britain in 1940 a number of games were abandoned because of the threat of air-raids, one of them after less than four minutes. That threat became reality in the summer of 1942 when the North Stand was devastated by a German bomb and it was not until after the war ended that it was repaired.

In 1941/42, Albion competed in the London War League and were deemed to have seceded from the Football League, but were welcomed back with the other �rebels� at the end of the season.

Peace returned in 1945 with the surrenders of Germany and Japan, but football remained on an emergency footing until 1946, although the F.A. Cup made a welcome reappearance during 1945/46.

Struggles and Boom
When things returned to normal, Albion struggled. Webb, now turned 60, was replaced as team manager by Tommy Cook in 1947, but his time at the helm was traumatically short as the side sank to the bottom of the table, resulting in an unprecedented on-pitch demonstration by frustrated supporters. In came Don Welsh to replace Cook, but he could not prevent the club finishing bottom and having to apply for re-election to the Football League for the first and only time.

But while form dipped, attendances rose rapidly and the Goldstone League record was broken four times in nine months during 1948 and 1949.

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