1886–87 British Home Championship

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The 1886–87 British Home Championship was the fourth international football tournament between the British Home Nations. Played during the second half of the 1886–87 football season, the competition was won by Scotland for the fourth consecutive time (although they had once shared victory with England). Ireland also achieved their first placing above the bottom of the table, finishing above Wales due to victory at home in their final match.

England and Ireland began the competition in early February, England comprehensively defeating their visitors 7–0 in Sheffield and taking the initial tournament lead. Scotland joined them with a strong victory over Ireland in their first game, but England again seized the top slot with their own defeat of Wales. In their final match, Ireland succeeded in achieving their first ever international victory with a 4–1 win over Wales in Belfast, to put them in third position. England and Scotland then played a deciding match in Blackburn, Scotland only just running out 3–2 winners after a very tough game. In the final match, Scotland beat Wales in Wrexham to outstrip England's points total and win the trophy.


Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Scotland 6 3 3 0 0 9 3 +6
 England 4 3 2 0 1 13 3 +10
 Ireland 2 3 1 0 2 5 12 −7
 Wales 0 3 0 0 3 1 10 −9

The points system worked as follows:

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


Scotland 4–1 Ireland
Willie Watt Goal 5'
Thomas Jenkinson Goal 43'
William Johnstone Goal 55'
James Lowe Goal 75'
Goal 41' Frederick Browne
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Alexander Hunter (Wales)

England 2–3 Scotland
Tinsley Lindley Goal 32'
Fred Dewhurst Goal 69'
Goal 30' James McCall
Goal 68' Leitch Keir
Goal 70' James Allan
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: John Sinclair (Ireland)

Wales 0–2 Scotland
  Goal 40' William Robertson
Goal 80' James Allan
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Albert Bertram Hall (England)


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