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: although it is not credited in any of the official references, it is now generally accepted that Spiksley scored a hat-trick.[1]

Table[edit]

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

Results[edit]

England 6 – 1 Ireland
Walter Gilliat Goal 8'18'30'
Gilbert Smith Goal 43'
William Winckworth Goal 60'
Rupert Sandilands Goal 75'
[1] Goal 9' George Gaffikin
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Thomas R. Park (Scotland)

England 6 – 0 Wales
Fred Spiksley Goal 25'43'88'
Billy Bassett Goal 47'
John Goodall Goal 49'
Jack Reynolds Goal 75'
[2]
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: John Campbell (Scotland)

Wales 0 – 8 Scotland
[3] 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'
[4] 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 78'80'84'
[5] [6] Goal 30' Tom Waddell
Goal 55' William Sellar

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England players: Fred Spiksley". englandfootballonline. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2018.

Bibliography[edit]

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