1913–14 British Home Championship

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Ireland v Wales during 1914 British Home Championship
Back(l-r): Val Harris, Fred McKee, Davy Rollo, Patrick O'Connoll
Front(l-r): EH Seymour, Sam Young, Billy Gillespie, Alex Craig, Bill Lacey, Louis Bookman, Bill McConnell

The 1913–14 British Home Championship was the last British Home Championship played before the First World War. The competition was played between January and April 1914 and won by Ireland with a team that included Patrick O’Connell, Billy Gillespie, Val Harris, Louis Bookman, Samuel Young and Bill Lacey.

1913-14 was the first time Ireland won the competition outright. The Irish had been the tournament's poorest performers over the years, but the previous year had demonstrated potential in beating England for the first time, in a 2–1 win at Windsor Park. Ireland began the 1914 tournament beating Wales 2–1 a in Wrexham on January 19 and then demolished England in England for the first time, winning 3–0 at Ayresome Park in Middlesbrough. Ireland clinched the title on March 16 following a 1–1 draw with Scotland at Windsor Park while England's away victory over Wales did not salvage their poor campaign as Scotland would eventually finish as runners up, beating England 3–1 at Hampden Park. It would be six years before the trophy was again contested, and it would be with substantially different teams and in a different, increasingly global era of football.


Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Ireland 5 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4
 Scotland 4 3 1 2 0 4 1 +3
 England 2 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3
 Wales 1 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3

The points system worked as follows:

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


28 February 1914
Scotland  0 – 0  Wales

16 March 1914
Wales  0 – 2  England
  Joe Smith, William Wedlock