Rare Wartime Programme

The Archive are delighted to have recently acquired a programme from the 1944-45 season. The match in question was on 14th April 1945 away at Swansea Town (as they were known then) in the Western League Cup, a competition that was known by various names, including the League West Cup, the League Cup West, the West Regional Cup and the Western Section Cup. It was a competition devised two years earlier, played in the final two months of the season and based on a league format with the top two teams playing for the cup. The other clubs involved, from the South West and South Wales, were Aberaman, Bath City, Bristol City, Lovells Athletic and Swansea Town, who were all played twice except for Bristol City. Argyle lost the game at Swansea 3-2 with William Adams and James “Jack” Prescott scoring for Argyle.

However, just a week later, the return match at Home Park in front of 6,000 fans saw Argyle gain revenge with a 3-1 win. The scorers for Argyle were Alfred Loft and Ron “Paddy” Brown who scored two.

The competition proved to be much more challenging; Argyle were defeated 5-1 and 3-1 in their matches against Bath City – the eventual winners – who included Blackpool and England inside-left Stan Mortensen in their side. Overall, they played nine games in the Western League Cup, winning four, losing four and drawing one.

The programme is available in the Argyle Archive online programme library