1883–84 British Home Championship
The 1883–84 British Home Championship was the inaugural international football tournament, played between the Home Nations of the British Isles which at the time made up the constituent nations of the United Kingdom; England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. International football matches had begun with annual games played between England and Scotland in 1872 and they had been joined by Wales in 1876 and Ireland in 1882. In 1883 the four governing bodies held a conference to standardise the rules of the game and to arrange a tournament to be held yearly in which the four nations would all play each other once in a league format. This championship would be considered by many to be the world's premier international football tournament for the next 46 years.
The tournament was played in an unusual layout, with Ireland playing all three of their games first, and losing heavily in each one. Then England and Scotland played what would eventually be the deciding match of the tournament, which Scotland won in a close fought contest. Finally Wales played both England and Scotland, losing heavily to each in turn and thus granting Scotland victory in the first British Home Championship.
The points system worked as follows:
- 2 points for a win
- 1 point for a draw
9 February 1884
|William Pierce Owen 2, Edward Shaw 2, Arthur Eyton-Jones,
Robert Albert Jones
23 February 1884
|William McWha||Henry Cursham 3, Edward Johnson 2, Charles Bambridge 2, Arthur Bambridge|
17 March 1884
|William Bromley-Davenport 2, Billy Gunn, Norman Bailey|
29 March 1884
|John Kay 2, Francis Shaw,