1927–28 British Home Championship

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The 1927–28 British Home Championship was an international football tournament played during the 1927–28 season between the British Home Nations. The competition was won by Wales who did not lose a game and only dropped a single point during the tournament. This championship is most notable for what became known as the "Wembley Wizards" when a scratch Scottish team crushed a highly regarded England side 5–1 at the English national stadium of Wembley.

England had endured a dreadful run of form in the years following the First World War, only managing to even share the trophy once in the previous eight years. This trend reached its nadir in 1928, as they began the campaign with a 2–0 defeat to Ireland in Belfast. Wales and Scotland both began well, with a competitive 2–2 draw in Wrexham, Wales following this by defeating England 2–1 in Burnley to take the lead in the competition, a position they made unassailable by beating Ireland by the same scoreline in their final match. Ireland nevertheless still claimed second place by beating the Scots by a single goal in their own final match. In the last game, between England and Scotland at Wembley, Scotland decimated England with powerful attacking football from a team only recently brought together following the defeat to Ireland. This defeat gave England their lowest ELO Rating (1681) in their history.


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

The points system worked as follows:

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


Ireland  2 – 0  England
Jackie Mahood
Own Goal

Wales  2 – 2  Scotland
Ernie Curtis Goal 44'
Jimmy Gibson Goal 76' (o.g.)
Goal 14' Hughie Gallacher
Goal 16' (Pen.) Jock Hutton
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Arthur H. Kingscott (England)

England  1 – 2  Wales
Own Goal Wilf Lewis
Own Goal

Scotland  0 – 1  Ireland
  Goal 13' Sammy Curran
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Arthur Ward (England)

England  1 – 5  Scotland
Bob Kelly Goal 89' Goal 3'65'86' Alex Jackson
Goal 44'67' Alex James
Attendance: 80,868
Referee: William Bell (Scotland)


  • 1928 British Home Championship 1919-20 to 1938-1939 - dates, results, tables and top scorers at RSSSF
  • Guy Oliver (1992). The Guinness Record of World Soccer. Guinness. ISBN 0-85112-954-4.
  • World Football Elo Ratings: England