1978–79 British Home Championship

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The 1978-79 British Home Championship was a British Home Nations competition, won by the English football side and notable for seeing marked increases in hooliganism and falling attendance which would result in its cancellation in 1984. The English started well, beating Northern Ireland to match the heavy Welsh victory over Scotland on the same day, which featured a hat trick by John Toshack. Scotland recovered by beating the Irish in their next match while England and Wales played out a goalless draw, leaving three sides theoretically capable of winning the Championship in the final round. Wales could only manage a draw with the Irish and so in the deciding match between England and Scotland, a 1–1 half time score gave the Scots some hope but a strong second half performance from England was rewarded with a deserved 3–1 win. This result gave England the Championship, with Wales in second place. The tournament also saw the introduction of goal difference to separate teams, although it had no effect on the eventual outcome.


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

For the first time, goal difference was used to divide the teams, although it made no difference to the final outcome at this tournament.


19 May 1979
Wales  3 – 0  Scotland
John Toshack 3 Report  

23 May 1979
England  0 – 0  Wales


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