And so to the war years. The Club fixture list of over 60 games in 1938 had dwindled to just 24 in 1940 as players disappeared into the forces.
But the RAF No. 80 wing, based at Aldenham Lodge (site of Lodge End), also used the ground during the war years and bumped up the fixtures to about 50 each year.
That season subs were suspended until the war ended, but play continued and Roy Watson made a few brief appearances at number four in the batting order.