1884–85 British Home Championship

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The 1884–85 British Home Championship was the second football tournament between the Home Nations and was, like the previous competition, won by a Scottish team which completely dominated proceedings. The English also performed well, beginning with a strong victory over Ireland but failing to capitalise on this start with 1–1 draws with Wales and Scotland. The Welsh thrashed Ireland 8–1 but were well beaten 8–2 by the Scots who won their final game in a similar scoreline against the Irish, who finished last having conceded 20 goals in three games. The Scots, who had scored 16 goals two games, would win (individually or shared) six of the first seven tournament.

Table[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Scotland 5 3 2 1 0 17 4 +13
 England 4 3 1 2 0 6 2 +4
 Wales 3 3 1 1 1 10 11 −1
 Ireland 0 3 0 0 3 4 20 −16

The points system worked as follows:

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

Results[edit]


14 March 1885
Scotland  8–2  Ireland
W. Lamont Goal 10'
William Turner Goal 12'
Robert Calderwood Goal 15'
John Marshall Goal 35'
Alex Higgins Goal 51'60'70'
Alexander Barbour Goal 53'
Goal 85'90' John Gibb
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: William Pierce Dix (England)


21 March 1885
England  1–1  Scotland
Charles Bambridge Goal 57' Goal 20' Joseph Lindsay
The Oval, London
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: John Sinclair (Ireland)

23 March 1885
Wales  1–8  Scotland
Robert Albert Jones Goal 50' Scottish FA Goal 8'80' Robert Calderwood
Goal 20'76' William Anderson
Goal 30' David Allan
Goal 56'84'88' Joseph Lindsay
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Robert M. Sloane (England)

References[edit]

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