TOWN tackle Brentford next Saturday 60 years after a particularly poignant meeting between the pair.
For the top-flight showdown at Griffin Park on September 2, 1939 was the last game before the outbreak of the Second World War.
Town’s trip down to London came with the newspapers reporting that Germany’s invasion of Poland had made hostilities inevitable.
And the capital’s skyline was dotted with barrage balloons, used to defend against low-level attack by enemy aircraft.
Town lost their third match of the campaign 1-0, having previously been beaten by the same scoreline at home to Blackpool and won 2-1 at Sunderland.
Those results were expunged from the records as the Football League held an emergency meeting at Crewe on September 5 – two days after war was declared by Britain – and decided to abandon the season.
It was feared a German attack was imminent, and at a meeting on September 7, the Football Association ruled that all matches of any kind be suspended until further notice.
After consulting with the Home Office, the FA announced on September 21 that they would support competitions as long as games were played on Saturdays or public holidays, on a regional basis and in front of crowds of no more than 8,000.
With many players involved in the War effort (including fighting), it was also decided that guests be allowed, and Town several times borrowed England and Sunderland ace Raich Carter as they won the 11-strong North-East Division which got under way on October 21.
Normal league football wasn’t to resume until the 1946-47 season.