England and Ireland began the tournament in February 1906, with England scoring five goals without reply and riing to the head of the table. Wales joined them after their match with Scotland which they won in Edinburgh 2–0. Scotland recovered to beat Ireland by a single goal and England then moved ahead by beating Wales with an identical scoreline. Playing for lower rankings, Wales and Ireland fought out a thrilling 4–4 draw in Cardiff before the deciding game between England and Scotland. England needed only a draw to take the trophy undisputed, but Scotland played well and in flowing match triumphed 2–1 to share the honours.
Parts of the Wales vs Ireland match at Wrexham were filmed by the Blackburn company of Mitchell and Kenyon, and is now the oldest surviving footage of an international football match.