1966–67 British Home Championship

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The 1966-67 British Home Championship has remained famous in the memories of British Home Nations football fans ever since the dramatic climatic match at Wembley Stadium, where an unfancied Scottish team beat England on the same turf they had won the 1966 FIFA World Cup a year before. England had comfortably disposed of Wales and Ireland in the earlier matches, whilst Scotland had struggled, drawing with Wales and only just beating the Irish. In the final match however, the Scots outplayed their illustrious opponents and claimed a 3–2 victory, thus becoming "World Champions" in the words of many enthusiastic Scottish supporters, who invaded and stole much of the pitch after the game. In contrast to later pitch invasions, this was conducted in a light-hearted spirit and merited no significant police action. The "World Champions" idea has since taken more tangible form in the Unofficial Football World Championships.

The contest was also important as it formed the first half of the qualifying stages for the 1968 UEFA European Football Championship, a competition England would eventually qualify for in the following 1968 British Home Championship and reach the semi-finals, ultimately securing third position overall.

Table[edit]

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

The points system worked as follows:

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

Results[edit]

22 October 1966
Ireland  0 – 2  England
  Roger Hunt, Martin Peters

22 October 1966
Wales  1 – 1  Scotland
Ron Davies Denis Law



12 April 1967
Ireland  0 – 0  Wales
   

References[edit]

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