1953–54 British Home Championship

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Qualification for the
1954 FIFA World Cup
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UEFA
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Group 5
Group 6
Group 7
Group 8
Group 9
Group 10
CONMEBOL
Group 11
NAFC/CCCF
Group 12
AFC
Group 13

The 1953–54 British Home Championship was an international football tournament played between the British Home Nations during the 1953–54 season. This seasons tournament also doubled up as UEFA – Group 3 for 1954 FIFA World Cup qualification. England dominated the Championship, winning all three games and taking first place. After defeating Northern Ireland, Scotland struggled against Wales before losing to England. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland defeated Wales in Wrexham to clinch third place. England, together with second placed Scotland, subsequently qualified for the 1954 FIFA World Cup.

Results[edit]

3 October 1953
Northern Ireland  1 – 3  Scotland
Lockhart Goal 72' (pen.) Goal 47'69' Fleming
Goal 89' Henderson
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 58,248
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)

10 October 1953
Wales  1 – 4  England
Allchurch Goal 22' Goal 45'49' Wilshaw
Goal 52'53' Lofthouse
Ninian Park, Cardiff
Referee: Charles Edward Faultless (Scotland)

4 November 1953
Scotland  3 – 3  Wales
Brown Goal 19'
Johnstone Goal 42'
Reilly Goal 58'
Goal 49'88' Charles
Goal 73' Allchurch
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 71,413
Referee: Thomas Mitchell (Northern Ireland)

11 November 1953
England  3 – 1  Northern Ireland
Hassall Goal 10'60'
Lofthouse Goal 75'
Goal 54' McMorran
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Referee: Robert Smith (Wales)

31 March 1954
Wales  1 – 2  Northern Ireland
Charles Goal 80' Goal 1'52' McParland
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Referee: Charles Edward Faultless (Scotland)

3 April 1954
Scotland  2 – 4  England
Brown Goal 7'
Ormond Goal 89'
Goal 13' Broadis
Goal 50' Nicholls
Goal 68' Allen
Goal 83' Mullen
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 134,892
Referee: Thomas Mitchell (Northern Ireland)

Table[edit]

Final table Home Away
Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts England Scotland Northern Ireland Wales Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1.  England 3 3 0 0 11 4 +7 6 X 4:2 3:1 4:1 1 1 0 0 3 1 2 2 2 0 0 8 3 4
2.  Scotland 3 1 1 1 8 8 0 3 2:4 X 3:1 3:3 2 0 1 1 5 7 1 1 1 0 0 3 1 2
3.  Northern Ireland 3 1 0 2 4 7 -3 2 1:3 1:3 X 2:1 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 2 1 0 1 3 4 2
4.  Wales 3 0 1 2 5 9 -4 1 1:4 3:3 1:2 X 2 0 0 2 2 6 0 1 0 1 0 3 3 1

Northern Ireland vs Scotland[edit]

Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 1 — 3
(final score after 90 minutes)
Scotland Scotland
Manager: Northern Ireland Peter Doherty

Team:
- GK - William Smyth
- DF - Willie Cunningham
- DF - Alf McMichael
- MF - Danny Blanchflower
- MF - James McCabe
- MF - Wilbur Cush
- FW - Billy Bingham
- FW - Jimmy McIlroy
- FW - Billy Simpson
- FW - Charlie Tully
- FW - Norman Lockhart


Substitutes:

none


Unused Substitutes:
?


Scorers:
1-2 Norman Lockhart (72', pen.)

Half-time:
0-0

Competition:
World Cup qualifier 1954
(Group 3)

Date:
Saturday
3 October 1953

Kick off:
?

Venue:
Windsor Park, Belfast

Attendance:
58,248

Referee:
Arthur Edward Ellis  ENG

Assistants:
?

Match rules:
90 minutes
one injured player can be
substituted before half time

Manager: Scotland Andy Beattie

Team:
- GK - George Farm
- DF - George Young (capt.)
- DF - Sammy Cox
- MF - Bobby Evans
- MF - Frank Brennan
- MF - Doug Cowie
- FW - Willie Waddell
- FW - Charlie Fleming
- FW - John McPhail
- FW - Jimmy Watson
- FW - Jackie Henderson


Substitutes:

none


Unused Substitutes:
?


Scorers:
0-1 Charlie Fleming (47')
0-2 Charlie Fleming (69')
1-3 Jackie Henderson (89')

Wales vs England[edit]

Wales Wales 1 — 4
(final score after 90 minutes)
England England
Manager:

Team:
- GK - Ron Howells
- DF - Walley Barnes
- DF - Alf Sherwood
- MF - Roy Paul
- MF - Ray Daniel
- MF - Ron Burgess
- FW - Billy Foulkes
- FW - Reg Davies
- FW - John Charles
- FW - Ivor Allchurch
- FW - Roy Clarke


Substitutes:

none


Unused Substitutes:
?


Scorers:
1-0 Ivor Allchurch (22')

Half-time:
1-1

Competition:
World Cup qualifier 1954
(Group 3)

Date:
Saturday
10 October 1953

Kick off:
?

Venue:
Ninian Park, Cardiff

Attendance:
61,000

Referee:
Edward Faultless  SCO

Assistants:
?

Match rules:
90 minutes
one injured player can be
substituted before half time

Manager: England Walter Winterbottom

Team:
- GK - Gil Merrick
- DF - Tommy Garrett
- DF - Bill Eckersley
- MF - Billy Wright (capt.)
- MF - Harry Johnston
- MF - Jimmy Dickinson
- FW - Tom Finney
- FW - Albert Quixall
- FW - Nat Lofthouse
- FW - Dennis Wilshaw
- FW - Jimmy Mullen


Substitutes:

none


Unused Substitutes:
?


Scorers:
1-1 Dennis Wilshaw (45')
1-2 Dennis Wilshaw (49')
1-3 Nat Lofthouse (52')
1-4 Nat Lofthouse (53')

Scotland vs Wales[edit]

Scotland Scotland 3 — 3
(final score after 90 minutes)
Wales Wales
Manager: Scotland Andy Beattie

Team:
- GK - George Farm
- DF - George Young (capt.)
- DF - Sammy Cox
- MF - Bobby Evans
- MF - Willie Telfer
- MF - Doug Cowie
- FW - John Mackenzie
- FW - Bobby Johnstone
- FW - Lawrie Reilly
- FW - Allan Brown
- FW - Billy Liddell


Substitutes:

none


Unused Substitutes:
?


Scorers:
1-0 Allan Brown (19')
2-0 Bobby Johnstone (42')
3-1 Lawrie Reilly (58')

Half-time:
2-0

Competition:
World Cup qualifier 1954
(Group 3)

Date:
Wednesday
4 November 1953

Kick off:
?

Venue:
Hampden Park, Glasgow

Attendance:
71,378

Referee:
Thomas Mitchell  NIR

Assistants:
?

Match rules:
90 minutes
one injured player can be
substituted before half time

Manager:

Team:
- GK - Ron Howells
- DF - Walley Barnes
- DF - Alf Sherwood
- MF - Roy Paul
- MF - Ray Daniel
- MF - Ron Burgess
- FW - Billy Foulkes
- FW - Reg Davies
- FW - John Charles
- FW - Ivor Allchurch
- FW - Roy Clarke


Substitutes:

none


Unused Substitutes:
?


Scorers:
2-1 John Charles (49')
3-2 Ivor Allchurch (73')
3-3 John Charles (88')

England vs Northern Ireland[edit]

England England 3 — 1
(final score after 90 minutes)
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
Manager: England Walter Winterbottom

Team:
- GK - Gil Merrick
- DF - Stan Rickaby
- DF - Bill Eckersley
- MF - Billy Wright (capt.)
- MF - Harry Johnston
- MF - Jimmy Dickinson
- FW - Stanley Matthews
- FW - Harold Hassall
- FW - Nat Lofthouse
- FW - Albert Quixall
- FW - Jimmy Mullen


Substitutes:

none


Unused Substitutes:
?


Scorers:
1-0 Harold Hassall (10')
2-1 Harold Hassall (60')
3-1 Nat Lofthouse (75')

Half-time:
1-0

Competition:
World Cup qualifier 1954
(Group 3)

Date:
Wednesday
11 November 1953

Kick off:
?

Venue:
Goodison Park, Liverpool

Attendance:
40,000

Referee:
Robert Smith  WAL

Assistants:
?

Match rules:
90 minutes
one injured player can be
substituted before half time

Manager: Northern Ireland Peter Doherty

Team:
- GK - William Smyth
- DF - Len Graham
- DF - Alf McMichael
- MF - Danny Blanchflower
- MF - William Dickson
- MF - Wilbur Cush
- FW - Billy Simpson
- FW - Edward McMorran
- FW - Billy Bingham
- FW - Jimmy McIlroy
- FW - Norman Lockhart


Substitutes:

none


Unused Substitutes:
?


Scorers:
1-1 Edward McMorran (54')

Wales vs Northern Ireland[edit]

Wales Wales 1 — 2
(final score after 90 minutes)
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
Manager:

Team:
- GK - Jack Kelsey
- DF - Derek Sullivan
- DF - Alf Sherwood
- MF - Roy Paul
- MF - Ray Daniel
- MF - Ron Burgess
- FW - Billy Foulkes
- FW - Noel Kinsey
- FW - John Charles
- FW - Ivor Allchurch
- FW - Roy Clarke


Substitutes:

none


Unused Substitutes:
?


Scorers:
1-2 John Charles (80')

Half-time:
0-1

Competition:
World Cup qualifier 1954
(Group 3)

Date:
Wednesday
31 March 1954

Kick off:
?

Venue:
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham

Attendance:
32,817

Referee:
Edward Faultless  SCO

Assistants:
?

Match rules:
90 minutes
one injured player can be
substituted before half time

Manager: Northern Ireland Peter Doherty

Team:
- GK - Harry Gregg
- DF - Len Graham
- DF - Alf McMichael
- MF - Danny Blanchflower
- MF - William Dickson
- MF - Bertie Peacock
- FW - Billy Bingham
- FW - Jackie Blanchflower
- FW - Billy McAdams
- FW - Jimmy McIlroy
- FW - Peter McParland


Substitutes:

none


Unused Substitutes:
?


Scorers:
0-1 Peter McParland (1')
0-2 Peter McParland (52')

Scotland vs England[edit]

Scotland Scotland 2 — 4
(final score after 90 minutes)
England England
Manager: Scotland Andy Beattie

Team:
- GK - George Farm
- DF - Mike Haughney
- DF - Sammy Cox (capt.)
- MF - Bobby Evans
- MF - Frank Brennan
- MF - George Aitken
- FW - John Mackenzie
- FW - Bobby Johnstone
- FW - Jackie Henderson
- FW - Allan Brown
- FW - Willie Ormond


Substitutes:

none


Unused Substitutes:
?


Scorers:
1-0 Allan Brown (7')
2-4 Willie Ormond (89')

Half-time:
1-1

Competition:
World Cup qualifier 1954
(Group 3)

Date:
Saturday
3 April 1954

Kick off:
?

Venue:
Hampden Park, Glasgow

Attendance:
134,544

Referee:
Thomas Mitchell  NIR

Assistants:
?

Match rules:
90 minutes
one injured player can be
substituted before half time

Manager: England Walter Winterbottom

Team:
- GK - Gil Merrick
- DF - Ron Staniforth
- DF - Roger Byrne
- MF - Billy Wright (capt.)
- MF - Harry Clarke
- MF - Jimmy Dickinson
- FW - Tom Finney
- FW - Ivor Broadis
- FW - Ronnie Allen
- FW - Johnny Nicholls
- FW - Jimmy Mullen


Substitutes:

none


Unused Substitutes:
?


Scorers:
1-1 Ivor Broadis (13')
1-2 Johnny Nicholls (50')
1-3 Ronnie Allen (68')
1-4 Jimmy Mullen (83')

Squads and Stats[edit]

 England[edit]

Head coach: England Walter Winterbottom

Pos. Player DoB Games
played
Goals Minutes
played
Sub off Sub on Wales Northern Ireland Scotland Club
FW Ronnie Allen 15 January 1929 1 1 90 0 0 - - 90 England West Bromwich Albion
FW Ivor Broadis 18 December 1922 1 1 90 0 0 - - 90 England Manchester City
DF Roger Byrne 8 February 1929 1 0 90 0 0 - - 90 England Manchester United
MF Harry Clarke 23 February 1923 1 0 90 0 0 - - 90 England Tottenham Hotspur
MF Jimmy Dickinson 24 April 1925 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 England Portsmouth F.C.
DF Bill Eckersley 16 July 1925 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 - England Blackburn Rovers
FW Tom Finney 5 April 1922 2 0 180 0 0 90 - 90 England Preston North End
DF Tommy Garrett 28 February 1927 1 0 90 0 0 90 - - England Blackpool F.C.
FW Harold Hassall 4 March 1929 1 2 90 0 0 - 90 - England Bolton Wanderers
MF Harry Johnston 26 September 1919 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 - England Blackpool F.C.
FW Nat Lofthouse 27 August 1925 2 3 180 0 0 90 90 - England Bolton Wanderers
FW Stanley Matthews 1 February 1915 1 0 90 0 0 - 90 - England Blackpool F.C.
GK Gil Merrick 26 January 1922 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 England Birmingham City
FW Jimmy Mullen 6 January 1923 3 1 270 0 0 90 90 90 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
FW Johnny Nicholls 3 April 1931 1 1 90 0 0 - - 90 England West Bromwich Albion
FW Albert Quixall 9 August 1933 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 - England Sheffield Wednesday
DF Stan Rickaby 12 March 1924 1 0 90 0 0 - 90 - England West Bromwich Albion
DF Ron Staniforth 13 April 1924 1 0 90 0 0 - - 90 England Huddersfield Town
FW Dennis Wilshaw 11 March 1926 1 2 90 0 0 90 - - England Wolverhampton Wanderers
MF Billy Wright 6 February 1924 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 England Wolverhampton Wanderers

 Scotland[edit]

Head coach: Scotland Andy Beattie

Pos. Player DoB Games
played
Goals Minutes
played
Sub off Sub on Northern Ireland Wales England Club
MF George Aitken 28 May 1925 1 0 90 0 0 - - 90 England Sunderland A.F.C.
MF Frank Brennan 23 April 1924 2 0 180 0 0 90 - 90 England Newcastle United
FW Allan Brown 12 October 1926 2 2 180 0 0 - 90 90 England Blackpool F.C.
MF Doug Cowie 1 May 1926 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 - Scotland Dundee F.C.
DF Sammy Cox 13 April 1924 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 Scotland Rangers F.C.
MF Bobby Evans 16 July 1927 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 Scotland Celtic F.C.
GK George Farm 13 July 1924 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 England Blackpool F.C.
FW Charlie Fleming 12 July 1927 1 2 90 0 0 90 - - Scotland East Fife F.C.
DF Mike Haughney 10 December 1925 1 0 90 0 0 - - 90 Scotland Celtic F.C.
FW Jackie Henderson 17 January 1932 2 1 180 0 0 90 - 90 England Portsmouth F.C.
FW Bobby Johnstone 7 September 1929 2 1 180 0 0 - 90 90 Scotland Hibernian F.C.
FW Billy Liddell 10 January 1922 1 0 90 0 0 - 90 - England Liverpool F.C.
FW John Mackenzie 4 September 1925 2 0 180 0 0 - 90 90 Scotland Partick Thistle F.C.
FW John McPhail 27 December 1923 1 0 90 0 0 90 - - Scotland Celtic F.C.
FW Willie Ormond 23 February 1927 1 1 90 0 0 - - 90 Scotland Hibernian F.C.
FW Lawrie Reilly 28 October 1928 1 1 90 0 0 - 90 - Scotland Hibernian F.C.
MF Willie Telfer 26 October 1925 1 0 90 0 0 - 90 - Scotland St Mirren F.C.
FW Willie Waddell 7 March 1921 1 0 90 0 0 90 - - Scotland Rangers F.C.
FW Jimmy Watson 16 January 1924 1 0 90 0 0 90 - - England Huddersfield Town F.C.
DF George Young 22 October 1922 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 - Scotland Rangers F.C.

 Northern Ireland[edit]

Head coach: Northern Ireland Peter Doherty

Pos. Player DoB Games
played
Goals Minutes
played
Sub off Sub on Scotland England Wales Club
FW Billy Bingham 5 August 1931 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 England Sunderland A.F.C.
MF Danny Blanchflower 10 February 1926 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 England Aston Villa
FW Jackie Blanchflower 7 March 1933 1 0 90 0 0 - - 90 England Manchester United
DF Willie Cunningham 20 February 1930 1 0 90 0 0 90 - - Scotland St Mirren F.C.
MF Wilbur Cush 10 June 1928 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 - Northern Ireland Glenavon F.C.
MF William Dickson 15 March 1923 2 0 180 0 0 - 90 90 England Arsenal F.C.
DF Len Graham 17 October 1925 2 0 180 0 0 - 90 90 England/2[1] Doncaster Rovers
GK Harry Gregg 25 October 1932 1 0 90 0 0 - - 90 England/2[1] Doncaster Rovers
FW Norman Lockhart 4 March 1924 2 1 180 0 0 90 90 - England Aston Villa
FW Billy McAdams 20 January 1934 1 0 90 0 0 - - 90 England Manchester City
MF Jimmy McCabe 17 September 1918 1 0 90 0 0 90 - - England/2[1] Leeds United
MF Jimmy McIlroy 25 October 1931 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 England Burnley F.C.
DF Alf McMichael 1 October 1927 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 Scotland Newcastle United
FW Edward McMorran 2 September 1923 1 1 90 0 0 - 90 - England/2[1] Doncaster Rovers
FW Peter McParland 25 April 1934 1 0 90 0 0 - - 90 England Aston Villa
MF Bertie Peacock 29 September 1928 1 0 90 0 0 - - 90 Scotland Celtic F.C.
FW Billy Simpson 12 December 1929 2 1 180 0 0 90 90 - Scotland Rangers F.C.
GK William Smyth c.1925 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 - Northern Ireland Distillery
FW Charlie Tully 11 July 1924 1 0 90 0 0 90 - - Scotland Celtic F.C.

 Wales[edit]

Head coach:

Pos. Player DoB Games
played
Goals Minutes
played
Sub off Sub on England Scotland Northern Ireland Club
FW Ivor Allchurch 16 October 1929 3 2 270 0 0 90 90 90 England/2[1] Swansea Town
DF Walley Barnes 16 January 1920 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 - England Arsenal F.C.
MF Ron Burgess 9 April 1917 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 England Tottenham Hotspur
FW John Charles 27 December 1931 3 3 270 0 0 90 90 90 England/2[1] Leeds United
FW Roy Clarke 1 June 1926 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 England Manchester City
MF Ray Daniel 2 November 1928 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 England Sunderland A.F.C.
FW Reg Davies 27 May 1929 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 - England Newcastle United
FW Billy Foulkes 29 May 1926 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 England Newcastle United
GK Ron Howells 12 January 1927 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 - England Cardiff City
GK Jack Kelsey 19 November 1929 1 0 90 0 0 - - 90 England Arsenal F.C.
FW Noel Kinsey 24 December 1925 1 0 90 0 0 - - 90 England/2[1] Birmingham City
MF Roy Paul 18 April 1920 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 England Manchester City
DF Alf Sherwood 13 November 1923 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 England Cardiff City
DF Derek Sullivan 10 August 1930 1 0 90 0 0 - - 90 England Cardiff City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g The number indicates the league the team played in that year.
  • Guy Oliver (1992). The Guinness Record of World Soccer. Guinness. ISBN 0-85112-954-4.