1953–54 British Home Championship
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The 1953-54 British Home Championship was an international football tournament played between the British Home Nations during the 1953–54 season which also provided the home nations qualifying tournament for the 1954 FIFA World Cup. Both England and Scotland qualified as first and second placed teams respectively, but both were subsequently knocked out by Uruguay. Scotland lost 7–0 to the South Americans in a rout during the group stages whilst England went down 4–2 to them in a hard-fought quarter final. The eventual world cup finalists, Hungary also shocked the British Isles during the season with two victories over England. The first was England's first home defeat at Wembley stadium to a foreign football team ever when Hungary won 6–3 at Wembley in November. The game was witnessed by a crowd of 100,000 amid much media attention and the scale of the defeat had long-reaching effects on football throughout Britain. Six months later and less than a month before the World Cup in Switzerland, the England team attempted to restore lost pride with a return match in Budapest. The resulting defeat remains the worst in English footballing history, as the team crashed 7–1 to their skilled opponents.
The scale of these defeats is evidenced by England's dominance of the Home Championship, winning victories over the other three nations easily and taking first place. Scotland struggled against Wales following early victory in Ireland and then lost to England, benefitting from an Irish victory over Wales in Wrexham to take second.
The points system worked as follows:
- 2 points for a win
- 1 point for a draw
3 October 1953
|Northern Ireland||1 – 3||Scotland|
|Lockhart 72' (pen.)||Fleming 47', 69'
10 October 1953
|Wales||1 – 4||England|
|Allchurch 22'||Wilshaw 45', 49'
Lofthouse 52', 53'
4 November 1953
|Scotland||3 – 3||Wales|
|Charles 49', 88'
11 November 1953
|England||3 – 1||Northern Ireland|
|Hassall 10', 60'
31 March 1954
|Wales||1 – 2||Northern Ireland|
|Charles 80'||McParland 1', 52'|
3 April 1954
|Scotland||2 – 4||England|