1892–93 British Home Championship

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The 1892–93 British Home Championship was an international football tournament between the British Home Nations. The competition was won and dominated by England, who beat all three rival teams and scored 17 goals in just three matches. Fred Spiksley claimed four and Walter Gilliat scored a hat-trick in the competition's opening game. Scotland came second with victories over Ireland and Wales, who finished third and fourth respectively.

England began as the strongest team, scoring twelve goals in the first two games against the Irish and the Welsh with only one in reply. Scotland too began well, winning their match against Wales in Wales by 8–0 before netting another six in a rout of Ireland at home; in the final games, England and Scotland played a match in London which England easily won 5–2 to whitewash their opponents and take the trophy. In a consolation game in Belfast, Ireland beat Wales 4–3 to finish third.

The official attendance for the England v. Scotland match was 16,000; the crowd was so large that it was forced to stand in front of the journalists who were therefore prevented from seeing all of the action. Consequently, there is some dispute over the goal-scorers and several sources claim that Spiksley actually scored a hat-trick, although it is not credited in any of the official references.


Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 England 6 3 3 0 0 17 3 +14
 Scotland 4 3 2 0 1 16 6 +10
 Ireland 2 3 1 0 2 6 15 −9
 Wales 0 3 0 0 3 3 18 −15

The points system worked as follows:

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


Wales  0 – 8  Scotland
  Goal 4'20'47'89' Jake Madden
Goal 25'30'40' John Barker
Goal 65' William Lambie
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: William H. Stacey (England)

Scotland  6 – 1  Ireland
William Sellar Goal 10'27'
Sam Torrans Goal 20' (o.g.)
Sandy McMahon Goal 28'
James Kelly Goal 60'
James Hamilton Goal 70'
Goal 44' George Gaffikin
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: John Taylor (Wales)

England  5 – 2  Scotland
Robert Gosling Goal 15'
George Cotterill Goal 65'
Fred Spiksley Goal 75'80'
Jack Reynolds Goal 86'
Goal 20'47' William Sellar
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: John Charles Clegg (England)


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