1947–48 British Home Championship

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1948 British Home Championship
Tournament details
Host country United Kingdom
Dates 4 October 1947 (1947-10-04) – 10 April 1948 (1948-04-10)
Teams 4
Venue(s) 5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  England
Runners-up  Wales
Third place  Ireland
Fourth place  Scotland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 6
Goals scored 16 (2.67 per match)
Top scorer(s) England Tommy Lawton (2)
England Tom Finney (2)
Wales George Lowrie (2)
Ireland Samuel Smyth(2)
1947
1949

1947–48 British Home Championship was the second edition of this annual football tournament to be played in the post-war period. It was conducted during the 1947–48 football season between the four Home Nations of the British Isles and resulted in a victory for England for the second year in a row.

England began the competition as they finished it, with a strong win over Wales in Cardiff, whilst Scotland were defeated 2–0 by Ireland in Belfast. The second round saw Scotland again defeated, this time by Wales at their home stadium in Glasgow. England meanwhile were held 2–2 by Ireland, leaving three teams still able to win at least a share in the trophy. In the final matches, Wales put an end to Ireland's hopes with a 2–0 victory but England managed to beat Scotland to clinch the championship.

Table[edit]

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

4 October 1947
Ireland  2 – 0  Scotland
Samuel Smyth Goal 35'52'  
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Thomas Smith (England)


12 November 1947
Scotland  1 – 2  Wales
Andy McLaren Goal 10' Goal 35' Trevor Ford
Goal 42' George Lowrie
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 88,000
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)



10 April 1948
Scotland  0 – 2  England
  Goal 44' Stan Mortensen
Goal 65' Tom Finney
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 135,376
Referee: David Maxwell (Ireland)

References[edit]

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