England began the tournament as favourites and proved their status with a simple victory over Northern Ireland national football team in their first match. Scotland matched this with a difficult win over Wales in their match, although only by one goal to nil. Both Wales and Northern Ireland improved in their second matches, the Irish holding Scotland to a 2–2 draw whilst the Welsh almost achieved the same against England in London, eventually losing 3–2. The final games were played at the conclusion of the domestic season, and saw Ireland fall to the Welsh under their inspirational goalscorer John Charles, who netted a hat trick in a 3–2 victory. England had by this time taken the championship with a comprehensive demoilition of Scotland 7–2 in their final match, Dennis Wilshaw claiming four of the goals.