Post-war football: the 1946-47 season

As football returns for the 2013-14 season, this feature for FourFourTwo looks back to the start of the 1946-47 season, the first after the Second World War. It explores how how football got back on its feet after a seven year absence, and how it dealt with the devastating consequences of the war, in which at least 75 professional footballers were killed, grounds were destroyed, and priorities were changed.

“Football emerged from the fog of war into a world that would never be the same. Air raid sirens were silent, but World War Two had left an indelible mark. Loved ones had been killed, homes destroyed, and unforgettable horrors experienced. Could there be any place for football in this changed new world?”

Read the full story in the September 2013 issue of FourFourTwo.

FourFourTwo post-war football

Published by Paul Brown

Writes about football, history, true adventure. The Guardian, Four Four Two, When Saturday Comes, The Blizzard, Longreads, Deadspin, etc. Latest book: The Ruhleben Football Association. Twitter: @paulbrownUK