1892–93 British Home Championship

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The 1892–93 British Home Championship was an international football tournament between the British Home Nations. The competition was won and dominated by England, who beat all three rival teams and scored 17 goals in just three matches. Fred Spiksley claimed four and Walter Gilliat scored a hat-trick in the competition's opening game. Scotland came second with victories over Ireland and Wales, who finished third and fourth respectively.

England began as the strongest team, scoring twelve goals in the first two games against the Irish and the Welsh with only one in reply. Scotland too began well, winning their match against Wales in Wales by 8–0 before netting another six in a rout of Ireland at home. In the final games, England and Scotland played a match in London which England easily won 5–2 to whitewash their opponents and take the trophy. In a consolation game in Belfast, Ireland beat Wales 4–3 to finish third.

The official attendance for the England v. Scotland match was 16,000; the crowd was so large that it was forced to stand in front of the journalists who were therefore prevented from seeing all of the action. Consequently, there is some dispute over the goal-scorers and several sources claim that Spiksley actually scored a hat-trick, although it is not credited in any of the official references.


Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 England 6 3 3 0 0 17 3 +14
 Scotland 4 3 2 0 1 16 6 +10
 Ireland 2 3 1 0 2 6 15 −9
 Wales 0 3 0 0 3 3 18 −15

The points system worked as follows:

  • 2 points for a win
  • 1 point for a draw


8 April 1893
Ireland  4 – 3  Wales
Jack Peden 3, J. M. Wilton George Owen 2, William Owen


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