1912–13 British Home Championship

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The 1912-13 British Home Championship was an international football tournament between the British Home Nations. An evenly matched tournament, all four sides won at least one game and the competition could have gone any way, as Ireland showed the following year when they won their first undisputed tournament. In the event, the trophy went to England courtesy of a single goal victory over Scotland at Stamford Bridge in the final match. Scotland shared second place with Wales after both teams achieved three points and Ireland finished last with two.

Wales began the strongest team, beating Ireland 1–0 in Belfast. Ireland responded well to this defeat, winning against eventual champions England 2–1 in a tough game at Windsor Park. Wales and Scotland played out a scoreless draw in their match, leaving Wales on top of the table temporarily and Scotland flagging. The Scots recovered in their match against Ireland with a 2–1 victory away in Dublin before England recovered after a faltering start to win a gripping match against Wales 4–3 in Bristol. In the final game of the competition, England were trailing Scotland by a single point and knew that a loss could give the trophy to Scotland and Wales while a draw would leave all three teams sharing the championship. In another tough game, both sides played well but England snatched victory 1–0 and became champions for the third year in a row.

Table[edit]

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

The points system worked as follows:

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

Results[edit]

18 January 1913
Ireland  0 – 1  Wales
  James Roberts


3 March 1913
Wales  0 – 0  Scotland
   
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Isaac Baker (England)

15 March 1913
Ireland  1 – 2  Scotland
James McKnight Goal 42' Goal 16' William Reid
Goal 32' Alex Bennett
Dalymount Park, Dublin
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Arthur Adams (England)


5 April 1913
England  1 – 0  Scotland
Harry Hampton Goal 37'  
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 52,500
Referee: Alexander A. Jackson (Scotland)

References[edit]

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