1908–09 British Home Championship

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The 1908–09 British Home Championship was an international football tournament between the British Home Nations. England dominated the competition with three wins over their opponents. When placed in the context of their overseas tours to Europe in 1908 and 1909, this made a run of ten victories for the English side led by prolific goalscorer Vivian Woodward. Wales, who were enjoying one of their most successful periods of international football, came second with two victories and Scotland finished third. Ireland finished last with no points and only two goals.

England and Ireland began the tournament with England starting well, scoring four without reply. Wales and Scotland began their competition in March, the Welsh winning a close game in Wrexham 3–2. Scotland's response was a 5–0 thumping of the Irish in a strong display of goalscoring ability. England reaffirmed their position as favourites with a 2–0 win over Wales before Wales too made a final push for the title, becoming the only team in this edition of the tournament to win a match away, beating Ireland 3–2 in Belfast. In the final game, England needed only a draw to win the trophy undisputed. In the event they did better, scoring twice against Scotland without reply to take the trophy.


Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 England 6 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8
 Wales 4 3 2 0 1 6 6 0
 Scotland 2 3 1 0 2 7 5 +2
 Ireland 0 3 0 0 3 2 12 −10

The points system worked as follows:

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


England  4 – 0  Ireland
Vivian Woodward 2
George Hilsdon 2 (1P)

Wales  3 – 2  Scotland
William Davies Goal 23'39'
Lot Jones Goal 26'
Goal 70' Bobby Walker
Goal 73' Harold Paul
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Thomas P. Campbell (England)

Scotland  5 – 0  Ireland
Jimmy McMenemy Goal 15'77'
Sandy MacFarlane Goal 20'
Charlie Thomson Goal 48'
Harold Paul Goal 84'
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: James Mason (England)

England  2 – 0  Scotland
George Wall Goal 3'10'  
Attendance: 23,667
Referee: James B. Stark (Scotland)


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