1885 Home Nations Championship

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1885 Home Nations Championship
Date 3 January 1885 - 21 February 1885
Countries  England
 Ireland
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament statistics
Champions Not completed[1]
Matches played 4
Top point scorer(s) Scotland Veitch (1)
Wales Taylor (1)
England Payne (1)
Top try scorer(s) Wales Jordan (2)
England Hawkridge (2)
1884 (Previous) (Next) 1886

The 1885 Home Nations Championship was the third series of the rugby union Home Nations Championship. Four matches were played between 3 January and 21 February 1885. It was contested by England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Despite each team only playing two matches, England won the Championship for the third time in succession.

The 1885 Championship was notable for the disputes occurring between the Home Nation Unions which prevented a full tournament to be completed. England and Scotland refused to face each other due to the refereeing disagreement from their 1884 encounter, and Wales and Ireland also failed to meet due to union disputes.[2] The 1885 Championship also experienced a rare replay, when the Ireland versus Scotland game at Ormeau was abandoned after bad weather stopped play. The replay was played in Scotland.[2]

Table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  England 2 2 0 0 1 1 +0 4
2  Scotland 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 3
3  Wales 2 0 1 1 1 1 +0 1
4  Ireland 2 0 0 2 0 1 −1 0

Results[edit]

3 January 1885
Wales  (1T) 1–1 (4T)  England
10 January 1885
Scotland  0–0  Wales
7 February 1885
England  (2T) 0–0 (1T)  Ireland
7 March 1885
Ireland  0–1  Scotland

Not played[edit]

  • Scotland v. England
  • Wales v. Ireland

Scoring system[edit]

The matches for this season were decided on goals scored. A goal was awarded for a successful conversion after a try, for a dropped goal or for a goal from mark. If a game was drawn, any unconverted tries were tallied to give a winner. If there was still no clear winner, the match was declared a draw.

The matches[edit]

Wales vs. England[edit]

3 January 1885
 Wales 1G, 1T – 1G, 4T  England
Try: Jordan (2)
Con: Gould
Try: Hawcridge
Kindersley
Ryalls
Teggin
Wade
Con: Payne
St. Helen's, Swansea
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: CP Lewis (Wales)

Wales: Arthur Gould (Newport), Frank Hancock (Cardiff), Martyn Jordan (Newport), Charles Taylor (Ruabon), Charlie Newman (Newport) capt., William Gwynn (Swansea), Ernest Rowland (Lampeter), John Sidney Smith (Cardiff), Evan Richards (Swansea), Tom Clapp (Newport), Bob Gould (Newport), Horace Lyne (Newport), Thomas Baker Jones (Newport), Samuel Goldsworthy (Swansea), Lewis Thomas (Cardiff)

England: HB Tristram (Oxford University), CG Wade (Oxford University), Andrew Stoddart (Blackheath), JJ Hawcridge (Bradford), A Rotherham (Oxford University), JH Payne (Broughton), F. Moss (Broughton), G Harrison (Hull), AT Kemble (Liverpool), RS Kindersley (Oxford University), HJ Ryalls (New Brighton), ED Court (Blackheath), RSF Henderson (Blackheath), A Teggin (Broughton), ET Gurdon (Richmond) capt.


Scotland vs. Wales[edit]

10 January 1885
 Scotland nil – nil  Wales

Scotland Pat Harrower (London Scottish), Bill Maclagan (London Scottish) capt., AE Stephen (West of Scotland), G Maitland (Edinburgh Inst FP), Andrew Ramsay Don-Wauchope (Fettesian-Lorettonians), AGG Asher (Fettesian-Lorettonians), T Ainslie (Edinburgh Inst FP), GH Robb (Glasgow Acads), J Jamieson (West of Scotland), R Maitland (Edinburgh Inst FP), WA Peterkin (Edinburgh University), C Reid (Edinburgh Acads), CW Berry (Fettesian-Lorettonians), J Tod (Watsonians), JG Mitchell (West of Scotland)

Wales: Arthur Gould (Newport), Frank Hancock (Cardiff), Martyn Jordan (Newport), Charles Taylor (Ruabon), Charlie Newman (Newport) capt., William Gwynn (Swansea), Willie Thomas (Llandovery College), Edward Perkins Alexander (Brecon), Frank Hill (Cardiff), Tom Clapp (Newport), Bob Gould (Newport), D Morgan (Swansea), Thomas Baker Jones (Newport), Samuel Goldsworthy (Swansea), Lewis Thomas (Cardiff)


England vs. Ireland[edit]

7 February 1885
 England 2T – 1T  Ireland
Try: Bolton
Hawcridge
Try: Greene
Whalley Range, Manchester
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: HS Lyne (Wales)

England: CH Sample (Cambridge University), WN Bolton (Blackheath), Andrew Stoddart (Blackheath), JJ Hawcridge (Bradford), A Rotherham (Oxford University), JH Payne (Broughton), F. Moss (Broughton), G Harrison (Hull), AT Kemble (Liverpool), Charles Gurdon (Richmond), HJ Ryalls (New Brighton), CH Horley (Swinton), CS Wooldridge (Blackheath), GT Thomson (Halifax), ET Gurdon (Richmond) capt.

Ireland: GH Wheeler (Queen's College, Belfast), EH Greene (Dublin Uni.), JP Ross (Lansdowne), RG Warren (Lansdowne), RE McLean (NIFC), EC Crawford (Dublin Uni.), THM Hobbs (Dublin Uni.), Thomas Lyle (Dublin Uni.), FW Moore (Wanderers), T Shanahan (Lansdowne), RM Bradshaw (Wanderers), TC Allen (NIFC), HJ Neill (NIFC), RW Hughes (NIFC), WG Rutherford (Lansdowne) capt.


Scotland vs. Ireland[edit]

7 March 1885
 Scotland 1G, 2T – nil  Ireland
Try: Reid
Peterkin
Don-Wauchope
Con: Veitch
Raeburn Place, Edinburgh
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: HC Kelly (Ireland)

Scotland JP Veitch (Royal HSFP), Bill Maclagan (London Scottish) capt., HL Evans (Edinburgh Uni.), G Maitland (Edinburgh Inst FP), Andrew Ramsay Don-Wauchope (Fettesian-Lorettonians), PH Don Wauchope (Fettesian-Lorettonians), T Ainslie (Edinburgh Inst FP), JB Brown (Glasgow Acads), J Jamieson (West of Scotland), TW Irvine (Edinburgh Acads), WA Peterkin (Edinburgh University), C Reid (Edinburgh Acads), John Guthrie Tait (Cambridge University), J Tod (Watsonians), JG Mitchell (West of Scotland)

Ireland: JWR Morrow (Queen's College, Belfast), EH Greene (Dublin Uni.), JP Ross (Lansdowne), RG Warren (Lansdowne), DJ Ross (Belfast Acads), DV Hunter (Dublin Uni.), J Thompson (Queen's College, Belfast), Thomas Lyle (Dublin Uni.), FW Moore (Wanderers), T Shanahan (Lansdowne), RM Bradshaw (Wanderers), AJ Forrest (Wanderers) capt., HJ Neill (NIFC), J Johnston (Belfast Acads), W Hogg (Dublin Uni.)


Preceded by
1884 Home Nations
Home Nations Championship
1885
Succeeded by
1886 Home Nations

Bibliography[edit]

  • Godwin, Terry (1984). The International Rugby Championship 1883-1983. London: Willows Books. ISBN 0-00-218060-X. 
  • Griffiths, John (1987). The Phoenix Book of International Rugby Records. London: Phoenix House. ISBN 0-460-07003-7. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Six Nations roll of honour
  2. ^ a b Godwin (1984), pg 9.

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