1920–21 British Home Championship

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The 1920-21 British Home Championship was a football tournament played between the British Home Nations during the 1920–21 season. The second tournament played since the hiatus of the First World War, the 1921 competition was dominated by Scotland, who won the first of seven championships they would claim throughout the decade. England and reigning champions Wales came joint second as goal difference was not at this stage used to separate teams.

England and Ireland kicked off the competition in October 1920, with England gaining an early advantage through a 2–0 victory. Action resumed the following February when Scotland beat current champions Wales at home and then Ireland away, to top the table. Wales and England both needed victory in their match to have a chance of catching Scotland, but both sides nullified each other and the result was a scoreless draw, requiring an English victory over the Scots in their final game to beat Scotland's lead. In the final games played simultaneously on 9 April, Wales beat Ireland to elevate themselves into joint second place as England crashed 3–0 to a superior Scottish side in Glasgow, thus making Scotland British Champions.

Table[edit]

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

The points system worked as follows:

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

Results[edit]

23 October 1920
England  2 – 0  Ireland
Bob Kelly
Billy Walker
 

12 February 1921
Scotland  2 – 1  Wales
Andrew Wilson Goal 11'46' Goal 30' Dai Collier
Pittodrie, Aberdeen
Attendance: 20,824
Referee: James Mason (England)

26 February 1921
Ireland  0 – 2  Scotland
  Goal 10' (Pen.) Andrew Wilson
Goal 87' Joe Cassidy
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Arthur Ward (England)

14 March 1921
Wales  0 – 0  England
   

9 April 1921
Scotland  3 – 0  England
Andrew Wilson Goal 20'
Alan Morton Goal 43'
Andy Cunningham Goal 53'
 
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 85,000
Referee: Arthur Ward (England)

References[edit]

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