1919–20 British Home Championship

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The 1919-20 British Home Championship was an international football tournament played during the 1919–20 season between the British Home Nations. Wales eventually took the trophy as the first of three victories they claimed during the 1920s, their last undisputed triumphs. The competition marked an important watershed in British football as part of the first full season played following the First World War, which had killed, wounded or retired many prominent players of the 1914 competition.

In the first British game after the war in October 1919, England and Ireland drew at Windsor Park, Wales and Scotland doing likewise at their first game in February 1920, shortly after Wales and Ireland had drawn in Belfast. Scotland and Wales then exerted the dominance they would display in the ensuing decade, Scotland beating Ireland 3–0 as Wales defeated England 2–1 away. In the final game, Wales relied on England to beat Scotland in order for them to win the trophy, a result which came only at the end of an exhausting encounter which finished 5–4.

Table[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Wales 4 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1
 Scotland 3 3 1 1 1 8 6 +2
 England 3 3 1 1 1 7 7 0
 Ireland 2 3 0 2 1 3 6 −3

The points system worked as follows:

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

Results[edit]

25 October 1919
Ireland  1 – 1  England
Jimmy Ferris Goal 70' Goal 1' Jack Cock
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Thomas R. Dougray (Scotland)


26 February 1920
Wales  1 – 1  Scotland
John Evans Goal 5' Goal 78' Tommy Cairns
Ninian Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: James Mason (England)

13 March 1920
Scotland  3 – 0  Ireland
Andrew Wilson Goal 8'
Alan Morton Goal 42'
Andy Cunningham Goal 55'
 
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 39,757
Referee: James Mason (England)


10 April 1920
England  5 – 4  Scotland
Jack Cock Goal 9'
Alf Quantrill Goal 15'
Bob Kelly Goal 57'73'
Fred Morris Goal 67'
Goal 13'40' Tom Miller
Goal 21' Andrew Wilson
Goal 31' Alex Donaldson
Hillsborough, Sheffield
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Thomas Dougray (Scotland)

References[edit]

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