1898–99 British Home Championship

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The 1898–99 British Home Championship was an international football tournament between the British Home Nations. A very high scoring affair, the competition featured the highest scoreline ever achieved in the Home Championships when England defeated Ireland 13–2 in Sunderland. It was the first of two particularly heavy defeats for the Irish side, who nevertheless still managed to finish third, courtesy of a victory over Wales.

England's win over the Ireland was the start of the tournament and placed them immediately on top of the table, a position Ireland joined them in with their 1–0 victory over Wales in the second game. Scotland began their bid for the title in the third match with a strong 6–0 win over Wales in Wrexham. Wales' poor competition was finished in their next game when England again took top position by beating them 4–0. In the penultimate game, Scotland joined England at the top of the table with a 9–1 demolition of Ireland, who had conceded 21 goals in two games but still finished third. In the deciding match, England and Scotland both played a strong game but England eventually proved stronger, winning 2–1.


Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 England 6 3 3 0 0 19 3 +16
 Scotland 4 3 2 0 1 16 3 +13
 Ireland 2 3 1 0 2 4 22 −18
 Wales 0 3 0 0 3 0 11 −11

The points system worked as follows:

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


Ireland  1 – 0  Wales
Philip Meldon  

Wales  0 – 6  Scotland
  Goal 22'55' John Campbell
Goal 50'75'85' Bob McColl
Goal 70' Henry Marshall
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Charles E. Sutcliffe (England)

Scotland  9–1  Ireland
Bob McColl Goal 5'25'47'
Alexander Christie Goal 10'
RC Hamilton Goal 20'65'
Jack Bell Goal 35'
John Campbell Goal 70'80'
Goal 54' Archie Goodall
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Charles E. Sutcliffe (England)

England  2 – 1  Scotland
Gilbert Smith Goal 25'
Jimmy Settle Goal 40'
Goal 52' RC Hamilton
Attendance: 25,590
Referee: James Torrans (Ireland)


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