English FA Cup Finalists 1946 - 1949
The outbreak of Word War Two led to the cancellation of both the Football League and FA Cup programmes for the duration. When the war ended, the FA reinstated the FA Cup. The Football League did not start up again until 1946 so, to satisfy the demand for fixtures, matches were played over two legs up to and including the sixth round. This experiment diluted the "sudden death" element that made the FA Cup so exciting and was not repeated. The post-war years were a boom time for the game and crowds at FA Cup finals regularly approached 100,000.