SOUTHERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE CUP

1940-1946


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With no Scottish FA Cup competition running during the Second World War, the Southern Football League decided to organize a cup competition, the difference being that the initial stages would be run on  group stages with the section winners progressing to the knockout stages. The last season of the Southern League Cup in 1945-46 saw an influx of clubs from the disbanded North Eastern Football League. Also present was the newly formed Stirling Albion who were promptly expelled from the Eastern Football League for taking part. The trophy was later utilized for the Victory Cup competition which was held after the war. The tournaments were a great success and after the war, the Scottish Football League continued them using the war-time format for their own League Cup competitions.

 

Winners

1940-41

1941-42

1942-43

1943-44

1944-45

1945-46

Rangers

Rangers

Rangers

Rangers

Rangers

Aberdeen

 

 

1940-41                                                                                                                                                      

Group A                                                

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Celtic

6

4

0

2

13

12

8

Partick Thistle

6

3

1

2

15

12

7

Motherwell

6

2

1

3

16

16

5

Airdrieonians

6

2

0

4

11

15

4

                                                                 

 

Group B                                                 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

St Mirren

6

5

1

0

20

10

11

Hamilton Academical

6

3

2

1

16

13

8

Albion Rovers

6

1

1

4

9

17

3

Morton

6

1

0

5

12

17

2

 

Group C                                                 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Rangers

6

5

0

1

23

17

10

Falkirk

6

3

1

2

9

10

7

Dumbarton

6

2

0

4

11

19

4

Third Lanark

6

1

1

4

8

13

3

 

Group D                                                

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Heart of Midlothian

6

4

0

2

14

7

8

Hibernian

6

3

1

2

15

15

7

Clyde

6

2

1

3

12

14

5

Queen's Park

6

1

2

3

4

9

4

 

Semi Final                                            

Heart of Midlothian v Celtic  2-0  (at Easter Road, Edinburgh)      

Rangers v St Mirren  4-1  (at Hampden Park, Glasgow) 

 

Final  (both games at Hampden Park, Glasgow, 10 May, replay 17 May 1941)      

Rangers v Heart of Midlothian 1-1, 4-2

 


1941-42                                                                                                                                                      

Group A                                                

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Morton

6

4

1

1

14

11

9

St Mirren

6

2

2

2

14

13

6

Dumbarton

6

2

1

3

14

19

5

Falkirk

6

1

2

3

13

12

4

 

Group B                                                 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Celtic

6

5

0

1

15

7

10

Hibernian

6

3

0

3

9

10

6

Hamilton Academical

6

2

1

3

8

8

5

Queen's Park

6

1

1

4

7

14

3

 

Group C                                                 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Partick Thistle

6

4

2

0

16

9

10

Clyde

6

2

2

2

16

13

6

Airdrieonians

6

1

2

3

11

13

4

Albion Rovers

6

1

2

3

12

20

4

 

Group D                                                

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Rangers

6

6

0

0

20

3

12

Heart of Midlothian

6

4

0

2

17

10

8

Motherwell

6

2

0

4

7

15

4

Third Lanark

6

0

0

6

7

21

0

 

Semi Final                                            

Morton v Partick Thistle 1-1, 1-0  (at Ibrox Park, Glasgow)            

Rangers v Celtic 2-0   (at Hampden Park, Glasgow)           

 

Final   (at Hampden Park, Glasgow, 9 May 1942)  

Rangers v Morton 1-0                      

 


1942-43                                                                                                                                                      

Group A                                                

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Falkirk

6

4

1

1

15

10

9

Albion Rovers

6

3

2

1

11

6

8

Morton

6

1

4

1

12

10

6

Dumbarton

6

0

1

5

10

22

1

 

Group B                                                 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Third Lanark

6

4

2

0

16

7

10

Partick Thistle

6

4

1

1

16

5

9

Motherwell

6

1

1

4

8

18

3

Airdrieonians

6

1

0

5

8

18

2

 

Group C                                                 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Hamilton Academical

6

5

1

0

23

9

11

Clyde

6

3

1

2

9

9

7

Heart of Midlothian

6

1

2

3

6

13

4

Queen's Park

6

0

2

4

9

16

2

 

Group D                                                

Rangers                                                  6         6        0         0        14      1         12     

Hibernian                                               6         3        0         3        8         8         6       

Celtic                                                       6         2        0         4        6         13       4       

St Mirren                                               6         1        0         5        8         14       2       

 

Semi Final                                            

Rangers v Hamilton Academical  3-0  (at Hampden Park, Glasgow)

Falkirk v Third Lanark  3-1  (at Ibrox Park, Glasgow)          

 

Final (at Hampden Park, Glasgow, 8 May 1943) 

Rangers v Falkirk  1-1                       

Rangers won 11-3 on corners       

 


1943-44                                                                                                                                                      

Group A                                                

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Rangers

6

5

0

1

14

5

10

Motherwell

6

3

1

2

11

12

7

Heart of Midlothian

6

3

0

3

13

11

6

Airdrieonians

6

0

1

5

6

16

1

 

Group B                                                 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Celtic

6

6

0

0

24

2

12

Partick Thistle

6

3

0

3

9

14

6

Falkirk

6

1

1

4

8

12

3

Hamilton Academicals

6

1

1

4

8

21

3

 

Group C                                                 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Hibernian

6

5

1

0

20

6

11

Morton

6

3

2

1

19

13

8

Albion Rovers

6

1

2

3

11

15

4

Third Lanark

6

0

1

5

5

21

1

 

Group D                                                

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Clyde

6

3

2

1

12

4

8

Dumbarton

6

3

1

2

9

10

7

Queen's Park

6

2

1

3

7

12

5

St Mirren

6

1

2

3

8

10

4

 

Semi Final                                            

Rangers v Celtic  4-2  (at Hampden Park, Glasgow)           

Hibernian v Clyde  5-2  (at Hampden Park, Glasgow)       

 

Final (at Hampden Park, Glasgow, 20 May 1944)  

Rangers v Hibernian  0-0                 

Rangers won 6-5 on corners         

 


1944-45                                                                                                                                                      

Group A                                                

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Rangers

6

5

1

0

14

5

11

Hibernian

6

2

2

2

14

8

6

Thrd Lanark

6

2

1

3

11

15

5

Albion Rovers

6

0

3

3

9

20

3

 

Group B                                                 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Falkirk

6

5

0

1

14

7

10

Celtic

6

2

2

2

6

6

6

Clyde

6

1

2

3

9

11

4

Partick Thistle

6

2

0

4

7

12

4

 

Group C                                                 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Queen's Park

6

5

1

0

17

7

11

Morton

6

4

0

2

12

6

8

Hamilton Academical

6

2

0

4

12

18

4

Airdrieonians

6

0

1

5

5

15

1

 

Group D                                                

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Motherwell

6

4

2

0

16

8

10

Heart of Midlothian

6

3

2

1

12

7

8

Dumbarton

6

1

2

3

11

14

4

St Mirren

6

1

0

5

6

16

2

 

Semi Final                                            

Rangers v Queen's Park  3-0  (at Hampden Park, Glasgow)           

Motherwell v Falkirk  1-0  (at Hampden Park, Glasgow) 

 

Final (at Hampden Park, Glasgow, 12 May 1945)  

Rangers v Motherwell  2-1            

 


1945-46                                                                                                                                                      

Division A                                             

Group A                                                

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Heart of Midlothian

6

3

2

1

12

8

8

St Mirren

6

2

2

2

6

8

6

Falkirk

6

2

1

3

10

11

5

Hamilton Academicals

6

2

1

3

6

7

5

 

Group B                                                 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Rangers

6

5

1

0

15

3

11

Morton

6

3

1

2

15

7

7

Motherwell

6

2

1

3

9

13

5

Queen of the South

6

0

1

5

4

20

1

                                                                 

Group C                                                 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Aberdeen

6

3

2

1

10

6

8

Hibernian

6

4

0

2

10

7

8

Partick Thistle

6

1

2

3

6

6

4

Kilmarnock

6

1

2

3

4

11

4

 

Group D                                                

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Clyde

6

4

0

2

21

13

8

Celtic

6

3

1

2

14

10

7

Third Lanark

6

2

2

2

11

15

6

Queen's Park

6

1

1

4

9

17

3

 

Division B                                             

Group A                                                

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

East Fife

6

5

0

1

24

10

10

Alloa Athletic

6

4

0

2

11

8

8

Raith Rovers

6

3

0

3

15

16

6

Cowdenbeath

6

0

0

6

10

26

0

 

Group B                                                 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Ayr United

6

4

1

1

12

7

9

Dundee United

6

4

1

1

12

7

9

Stenhousemuir

6

1

2

3

8

13

4

Dumbarton

6

1

0

5

7

12

2

 

Play off - Ayr United v Dundee United  1-0 (at Hampden Park, Glasgow)               

                                                                 

Group C                                                 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Airdrieonians

6

3

2

1

16

5

8

St Johnstone

6

2

2

2

12

8

6

Dunfermline Athletic

6

2

1

3

6

10

5

Albion Rovers

6

2

1

3

6

17

5

 

Group D                                                

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Dundee

4

2

1

1

11

4

5

Stirling Albion

4

2

0

2

6

10

4

Arbroath

4

1

1

2

3

6

3

 

Quarter Final                                      

Aberdeen v Ayr United  2-0          

Airdrieonians v Clyde  1-0              

Heart of Midlothian v East Fife  3-0          

Rangers v Dundee  3-1                    

 

Semi Final                                            

Aberdeen v Airdrieonians  2-2, 5-3   (at Ibrox Park, Glasgow)      

Rangers v Heart of Midlothian  2-1  (at Hampden Park, Glasgow)              

 

Final   (at Hampden Park, Glasgow, 11 May 1946)

Aberdeen v Rangers  3-2                

 


                          

 

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