1966–67 British Home Championship

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The 1966–67 British Home Championship has remained famous in the memories of British Home Nations football fans ever since the dramatic climatic match at Wembley Stadium, where an unfancied Scottish team beat England on the same turf they had won the 1966 FIFA World Cup a year before. England had comfortably disposed of Wales and Ireland in the earlier matches, whilst Scotland had struggled, drawing with Wales and only just beating the Irish. In the final match however, the Scots outplayed their illustrious opponents who were effectively reduced to 10 men with Jack Charlton hobbling and no substitutes allowed claiming a 3–2 victory, thus resulting in some over-enthusiastic Scottish supporters claiming to be "world champions with many of them invading the pitch, digging up much of the turf and stealing the goal woodwork after the game. In contrast to later pitch invasions, this was non-violent and resulted in no significant police action. The "World Champions" idea has since taken more tangible form in the Unofficial Football World Championships.

The contest was also important as it formed the first half of the qualifying stages for the 1968 UEFA European Football Championship, a competition England would eventually qualify for in the following 1967–68 British Home Championship and reach the semi-finals, ultimately securing third position overall.

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Scotland (C) 3 2 1 0 6 4 +2 5
2  England 3 2 0 1 9 4 +5 4
3  Wales 3 0 2 1 2 6 −4 2
4  Ireland 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Source: EU-Football
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(C) Champion.

Results[edit]

Wales  1–1  Scotland
R. Davies Goal 76' Report Law Goal 86'
Attendance: 33,269
Referee: Ken Dagnall (England)

Ireland  0–2  England
Report Hunt Goal 40'
Peters Goal 60'
Attendance: 47,897
Referee: Robert Holley Davidson (Scotland)

Scotland  2–1  Ireland
Murdoch Goal 14'
Lennox Goal 35'
Report Nicholson Goal 9'
Attendance: 45,281
Referee: John Keith Taylor (England)

England  5–1  Wales
Hurst Goal 30'34'
B. Charlton Goal 43'
Hennessey Goal 65' (o.g.)
J. Charlton Goal 84'
Report W. Davies Goal 36'
Attendance: 75,380
Referee: Thomas Wharton (Scotland)

Ireland  0–0  Wales
Report
Attendance: 17,643
Referee: Kevin Howley (England)

England  2–3  Scotland
J. Charlton Goal 84'
Hurst Goal 88'
Report Law Goal 27'
Lennox Goal 78'
McCalliog Goal 87'
Attendance: 99,063
Referee: Gerhard Schulenburg (West Germany)

References[edit]

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

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