1887–88 British Home Championship

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The 1887–88 British Home Championship was the fifth edition of the annual international football tournament played between the British Home Nations. It was the first edition of the tournament in which Scotland did not at least share in the trophy and was also notable for a record flood of goals, 46 in six games, 26 of them conceded by Ireland, who suffered a disastrous competition.

England began the tournament in the same vein as they finished it, winning the opening match 5–1 against Wales at the Alexandra Recreation Ground in Crewe. Wales responded to this, and to their shock defeat by Ireland the year previously with an 11–0 thrashing of the visiting Irish, a Welsh record scoreline which remains standing after nearly 120 years. Any hopes of a recovery for the Welsh were however dashed in their final game when Scotland administered a 5–1 beating in Edinburgh.

England returned to the fray and gained revenge for their narrow defeat in the deciding match of the previous year when they in turn thrashed Scotland 5–0 in London, leaving only the weak Irish in between them and the trophy. Before this however, Ireland received another massive defeat at the hands of Scotland, who beat them 2–10 in Belfast to take second place. In the final game, England needed only a draw to secure the title but managed a win by five goals to one to take their first undisputed championship.


Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 England 6 3 3 0 0 15 2 +13
 Scotland 4 3 2 0 1 15 8 +7
 Wales 2 3 1 0 2 13 10 +3
 Ireland 0 3 0 0 3 3 26 −23

The points system worked as follows:

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


Scotland 5 – 1 Wales
William Paul Goal 6'
Neil Munro Goal 30'
Alexander Latta Goal 33'75'
Willie Groves Goal 65'
Goal 41' Jack Doughty
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: John Charles Clegg (England)

Scotland 0 – 5 England
  Goal 32' Tinsley Lindley
Goal 34' Dennis Hodgetts
Goal 40'49' Fred Dewhurst
Goal 43' Johnny Goodall
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: John Sinclair (Ireland)

Ireland 2 – 10 Scotland
William Dalton Goal 18'24' Goal 5' Geordie Dewar
Goal 8'33'40'45' William Dickson
Goal 15' Thomas Breckenridge
Goal 30' Ralph Aitken
Goal 53' Neil McCallum
Goal 77' (o.g.) Robert Wilson
Goal 83' Allan Stewart
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Robert Parlane (Scotland)


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