1896–97 British Home Championship

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The 1896–97 British Home Championship was an international football tournament between the British Home Nations. It was won by Scotland after a late goal at The Crystal Palace which beat England to the trophy despite England's dominance of the competition up to that point. Ireland came third despite conceding 14 goals and Wales finished last having picked up only one point.

England began the tournament the strongest, scoring six without reply against the Irish in Belfast with Fred Wheldon claiming a hat-trick. Ireland recovered in the second match however, a high-scoring affair against Wales in which the Irish just claimed a 4–3 victory. Wales too improved in their second match, forcing a draw from Scotland in Wrexham, before Scotland too improved, beating Ireland 5–1 at home to temporarily take the top of the table. England surpassed them in the penultimate match, winning 4–0 over Wales and needing only a draw in the final game at home against Scotland to win the tournament. Scotland however were more than a match for the English and scored late to claim their 2–1 victory and win the trophy.


Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Scotland 5 3 2 1 0 9 4 +5
 England 4 3 2 0 1 11 2 +9
 Ireland 2 3 1 0 2 5 14 −9
 Wales 1 3 0 1 2 5 10 −5

The points system worked as follows:

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


Wales  2 – 2  Scotland
Morgan Morgan-Owen Goal 40'
David Pugh Goal 75'
Goal 11' (pen.) John L. Ritchie
Goal 60' John Walker
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Thomas Armitt (England)

Scotland  5 – 1  Ireland
John McPherson Goal 5'70'
Neilly Gibson Goal 15'
Bob McColl Goal 25'
Alexander King Goal 40'
Goal 62' James Pyper
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: James Cooper (Wales)

England  1 – 2  Scotland
Steve Bloomer Goal 19' Goal 27' Thomas Hyslop
Goal 83' James Millar
Attendance: 33,715
Referee: Richard Thomas Gough (Wales)


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