1890–91 British Home Championship

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The 1890–91 British Home Championship was an international football tournament between the British Home Nations. Despite strong showings from all four teams, England eventually won the trophy with victories in all three games including, as at the 1890 and 1892 competitions, matches against Wales and Ireland played simultaneously. Ireland notched up one of their highest ever wins, 7–2 over Wales, but still only finished third, whilst the Welsh ran Scotland close in their encounter, but untimately scored zero points.

Scotland and Ireland began the tournament with the Scots securing a narrow win in Glasgow. They extended their lead in Wrexham despite Wales playing well and nearly taking a draw, eventually going down 3–4. England then played their double on 7 March, scoring an aggregate of 10–2 as both the amateur and professional sides easily won their games over Wales and Ireland. Ireland and Wales played for pride in their final game, Ireland routing the Welsh in Belfast and finishing five goals ahead. In the tournament decider in Blackburn, England were too strong for the Scots in a close game and the result was an England victory, giving them the trophy undisputed.


Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 England 6 3 3 0 0 12 3 +9
 Scotland 4 3 2 0 1 7 6 +1
 Ireland 2 3 1 0 2 9 10 −1
 Wales 0 3 0 0 3 6 15 −9

The points system worked as follows:

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


Ireland  7 – 2  Wales
William Dalton Goal 19'
Olphie Stanfield Goal 22'34'42'80'
George Gaffikin Goal 60'
Sam Torrans Goal 63'
Goal 10' Robert Roberts
Goal 37' Albert Davies
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Robert F. Harrison (Scotland)

Wales  3 – 4  Scotland
Jack Bowdler Goal 12'
William Owen Goal 45'
William Haighton Turner Goal
Goal 5' James Logan
Goal 50' Robert Buchanan
Goal 60'80' Bob Boyd
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Charles Crump (England)

Scotland  2 – 1  Ireland
James Low Goal 6'
Tom Waddell Goal 60'
Goal 70' Olphie Stanfield
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: William H. Stacey (England)

England  2 – 1  Scotland
Johnny Goodall Goal 20'
Edgar Chadwick Goal 30'
Goal 85' Frank Watt
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: William J. Morrow (Ireland)


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