A Matter of Life and Death

This newspaper cartoon from 1938 sees two Leicester City fans comparing the ominous rumblings of World War II with City going through a bit of a bad patch. As is the way with football fans both situations seem to hold equal importance.
The Munich Agreement, permitting German annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland, was signed on 29th September by Adolf Hitler, Neville Chamberlain, Benito Mussolini and Édouard Daladier (the French Prime Minister).war
It is interesting to see the tall, posh City fan describe this as: “Great news from Munich.”
Winston Churchill certainly didn’t share this optimistic view:  “We have suffered a total and unmitigated defeat…you will find that in a period of time which may be measured by years, but may be measured by months, Czechoslovakia will be engulfed in the Nazi régime. We are in the presence of a disaster of the first magnitude…we have sustained a defeat without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road…we have passed an awful milestone in our history, when the whole equilibrium of Europe has been deranged, and that the terrible words have for the time being been pronounced against the Western democracies: “Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting”.
And not only that but City are 18th in Division One and have just lost 8-2 at Leeds.

The dark cloud remained. The world was plunged into the most destructive war ever seen and City were relegated…



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2 responses to “A Matter of Life and Death

  1. MadDogLCFC

    Very poignant. Slightly ropy cartoon though I suppose writing the context on a cloud makes a change from a newspaper bill board.

  2. Andy Prior

    Food for thought but raises the question; Was football more important to folk back then? There was a lot less to keep everyone amused apart from the boozer and a right good old sing song around the piano and no mistake!

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