1951–52 British Home Championship

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The 1951-52 British Home Championship was an international football tournament played between the British Home Nations during the 1951/52 season. In an unusual conclusion, Wales shared the championship with England, one of only four tournaments Wales would share victory in post-war. Ireland by contrast endured one of their worst championships of the period, losing all three games and failing to score. Scotland too underperformed, although their two losses were both hard fought.

Scotland had kicked off the competition with an easy victory over Ireland in the first match. England and Wales by contrast split the points, failing to breach a 1–1 draw at Ninian Park. England exerted their authority over the Irish in their second game with a simple win, whilst Wales performed the impressive feat of beating Scotland on their home turf with a hard-won 1–0 success. The final games were tensely contested, as Wales, hoping for an England failure at Hampden Park in their final game took the play to the Irish and ran out 3–0 winners. In Glasgow between England and Scotland, the tournament was decided by two Stan Pearson goals which gave England the victory and their half of the trophy. Had goal difference been used at this time to further separate the teams, then Wales would have won a rare individual victory, but this method of scoring was not introduced to the British Home Championship until the Seventies.


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

The points system worked as follows:

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


6 October 1951
Ireland  0 – 3  Scotland
  Goal 33' Tommy Orr
Goal 44'63' Bobby Johnstone
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 56,946
Referee: William H. Evans (England)

20 October 1951
Wales  1 – 1  England
Billy Foulkes Eddie Baily

14 November 1951
Scotland  0 – 1  Wales
  Goal 89' Ivor Allchurch
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 71,272
Referee: Patrick Morris (Northern Ireland)

14 November 1951
England  2 – 0  Ireland
Nat Lofthouse 2  

5 April 1952
Scotland  1 – 2  England
Lawrie Reilly Goal 76' Goal 10'44' Stan Pearson
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 134,504
Referee: Patrick Morris (Northern Ireland)


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