1903–04 British Home Championship

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The 1903–04 British Home Championship football tournament was a low scoring affair, won by a powerful England side who were followed by the unfancied Irish in second place. The tournament was played during the second half of the British domestic season and was, for the time, surprisingly low-scoring.

England began well, with a hard-fought draw with Wales and a 3–1 victory over Ireland in their opening games. Scotland were unable to match this success, only managing draws against both sides. The Irish recovered from their early loss in their draw with Scotland and managed to beat the Welsh 1–0 in Bangor to claim second place. In the final game, England and Scotland played out a close encounter which England won 1–0 thanks to a goal by Steve Bloomer.

Table[edit]

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

The points system worked as follows:

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

Results[edit]



Scotland  1 – 1  Wales
Bobby Walker Goal 5' Goal 65' Bobby Atherton
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Frederick Thomas Kirkham (England)

Wales  0 – 1  Ireland
  Billy McCracken
Penryhn Park, Bangor

Ireland  1 – 1  Scotland
James Sheridan Goal 70' Goal 22' RC Hamilton
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Frederick Thomas Kirkham (England)

Scotland  0 – 1  England
  Goal 64' Steve Bloomer
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: William Nunnerley (Wales)

References[edit]

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