1897–98 British Home Championship

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The 1897–98 British Home Championship was the fifteenth edition of the annual football tournament played between the British Home Nations. England won the trophy after whitewashing all three opponents and taking the maximum six points. Scotland came second after winning two of their games whilst Ireland came third following a close victory over Wales in Llandudno.

Ireland's win over Wales was the first match of the tournament and gave Ireland a short lived advantage in the competition. England ended this advantage in the second game with a close 3–2 win over the Irish in Belfast and Scotland joined the other two on two points with a 5–2 thrashing of the Welsh. Scotland then briefly took the lead with a win over Ireland in Belfast before England joined them by beating Wales by the same scoreline in Wrexham. In the final and deciding match, played at Celtic Park in Glasgow, the Scots were defeated by a fast and powerful England side who ran out 3–1 winners and took the trophy.


Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 England 6 3 3 0 0 9 3 +6
 Scotland 4 3 2 0 1 9 5 +4
 Ireland 2 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3
 Wales 0 3 0 0 3 2 9 −7

The points system worked as follows:

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


Wales  0 – 1  Ireland
  Jack Peden

Scotland  5 – 2  Wales
James Gillespie Goal 12'20'61'
James McKie Goal 29'40'
Goal 44' Thomas Thomas
Goal 89' Morgan Morgan-Owen
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: William H. Stacey (England)

Ireland  0 – 3  Scotland
  Scottish FA Goal 30' Tommy Robertson
Goal 42' Bob McColl
Goal 70' William Stewart
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: John Lewis (England)

Scotland  1 – 3  England
Jimmy Millar Goal 48' Goal 3' Fred Wheldon
Goal 23'72' Steve Bloomer
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Thomas Robertson (Scotland)


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