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Arsenal and Spurs's groundshare last time football was suspended

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While this is an unprecedented time in modern football, it is not the first time that football in England has been suspended - and the leagues were cancelled between 1939 and 1945 due to the Second World War.

Football in the Premier League has been suspended until at least April 30th due to the coronavirus pandemic and there is an expectation that an extension will be announced next week.



That saw the top-four divisions of English football replaced by regional leagues, with clubs facing others in close proximity to each other, which saw four equal divisions set up in the south to accommodate the many London clubs.



The sport was deemed to be a positive influence on both the general population and soldiers, so English football was temporarily reformed - with a 50-mile travel limit and a maximum amount of 8,000 spectators to preserve public safety.

During the war, the rules around player contracts were relaxed too and clubs were allowed to bring in 'guest players' for particular matches - which saw Bill Shankley, who would become one of the greatest manager's in English football, to play for Arsenal.

There are of course differences to the situation back then to modern football, but it does show football's adaptability in difficult circumstances.

At the start of September 1939, England and France declared war on Germany following Adolf Hitler's invasion of Poland and, two weeks later, the Football Association declared the season null and void.
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