1948–49 British Home Championship

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The 1948-49 British Home Championship was a football tournament played between the British Home Nations. The tournament was notable for it being the final competition the Home Nations competed in before they joined the FIFA World Cup and thus the last time it was the most important international football tournament in Britain.

England began the tournament the strongest with a 7–2 success over the Irish in Belfast. Scotland began well also, beating the Welsh in Cardiff, which they followed with a narrow success against Ireland in a highly-competitive match. England too took maximum points from their second game with a close 1–0 win over the Welsh. In the final games, Wales beat Ireland to take third place whilst the Scots succeeded in strongly defeating England at Wembley Stadium to take the championship.

Table[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Scotland 6 3 3 0 0 9 4 +5
 England 4 3 2 0 1 8 5 +3
 Wales 2 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1
 Ireland 0 3 0 0 3 4 11 −7

The points system worked as follows:

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

Results[edit]



10 November 1948
England  1 – 0  Wales
Tom Finney  



References[edit]

  • Guy Oliver (1992). The Guinness Record of World Soccer. Guinness. ISBN 0-85112-954-4.