1895–96 British Home Championship

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The 1895–96 British Home Championship was an edition of the annual international football tournament played between the British Home Nations. Despite England achieving an almost record 9–1 victory over Wales, the trophy was won by Scotland who won two and drew one of their matches, the draw coming in a hard-fought duel with Ireland.

Wales and Ireland kicked off the tournament with the Welsh heavily defeating the Irish in Wrexham. England too beat the Irish in their opening game, although by a smaller scoreline and England then achieved their 9–1 victory over Wales with Steve Bloomer scoring five, an England record. Scotland too beat Wales, scoring four without reply before being held by the Irish in an exciting and close match. In the final game at Celtic Park, England and Scotland played for the trophy, England only needing a draw whilst the Scots required a win to take the tournament. In a close and dramatic game, Scotland narrowly beat the English 2–1 and won the championship.


Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Scotland 5 3 2 1 0 9 4 +5
 England 4 3 2 0 1 12 3 +9
 Wales 2 3 1 0 2 7 14 −7
 Ireland 1 3 0 1 2 4 11 −7

The points system worked as follows:

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


Scotland  4 – 0  Wales
Robert Neil Goal 19'71'
Alexander Keillor Goal 30'
Daniel Paton Goal 59'
Attendance: 11,700
Referee: Joseph McBride (Ireland)

Ireland  3 – 3  Scotland
James Baron Goal 20'32'
Robert Milne Goal 43' (pen.)
Goal 7'25' Bob McColl
Goal 78' Patrick Murray
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: James Cooper (England)

Scotland  2 – 1  England
William Lambie Goal 22'
Jack Bell Goal 33'
Goal 80' Billy Bassett
Attendance: 51,345
Referee: Humphrey Percy Jones (Wales)


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