1913–14 British Home Championship

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1913–1914 British Home Championship
Tournament details
Host countryEngland, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Dates18 January – 5 April 1914
Final positions
Champions Ireland (1st title)
Runners-up Scotland
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Goals scored13 (2.17 per match)
Top scorer(s)Ireland Billy Gillespie (3 goals)
Ireland v Wales during 1914 British Home Championship
Back(l-r): Val Harris, Fred McKee, Davy Rollo, Patrick O'Connoll
Front(l-r): EH Seymour (Trainer), Sam Young, Billy Gillespie, Alex Craig, Bill Lacey, Louis Bookman, Bill McConnell

The 1913–14 British Home Championship was the last British Home Championship played before the First World War. The competition was played between January and April 1914 and won by Ireland with a team that included Patrick O’Connell, Billy Gillespie, Val Harris, Louis Bookman, Samuel Young and Bill Lacey.

1913–14 was the first time Ireland won the competition outright. The Irish had been the tournament's poorest performers over the years, but the previous year had demonstrated potential in beating England for the first time, in a 2–1 win at Windsor Park. Ireland began the 1914 tournament beating Wales 2–1 a in Wrexham on 19 January and then demolished England in England for the first time, winning 3–0 at Ayresome Park in Middlesbrough. Ireland clinched the title on 16 March, following a 1–1 draw with Scotland at Windsor Park, while England's away victory over Wales did not salvage their poor campaign as Scotland would eventually finish as runners up, beating England 3–1 at Hampden Park. It would be six years before the trophy was again contested, and it would be with substantially different teams and in a different, increasingly global era of football.

The third-place finish by England represented that nation's lowest ever final position in the competition up to this point.


Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ireland (C) 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 5
 Scotland 3 1 2 0 4 1 +3 4
 England 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 2
 Wales 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) points. The points system worked as follows: 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.
(C) Champion.


Wales 1–2 Ireland
Goal 80' (pen.) Evan Jones Goal 11'70' Billy Gillespie
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Isaac Baker (England)

England 0–3 Ireland
  Goal 5'80' Bill Lacey
Goal 36' Billy Gillespie
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Alex Jackson (Scotland)

Scotland 0–0 Wales
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Harold H. Taylor (England)

Ireland 1–1 Scotland
Samuel Young Goal 89' Goal 70' Joe Donnachie
Attendance: 31,000
Referee: Herbert S. Bamlett (England)

Wales 0–2 England
  Goal 50' Joe Smith
Goal 70' William Wedlock
Attendance: 17,586
Referee: Jim Mason (England)

Scotland 3–1 England
Charlie Thomson Goal 2'
Jimmy McMenemy Goal 50'
William Reid Goal 67'
Goal 15' Harold Fleming
Attendance: 105,000
Referee: Herbert S. Bamlett (England)


  1. ^ "British Championship 1914". EU-Football. Retrieved 9 April 2020.

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