1930–31 British Home Championship

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The 1930–31 British Home Championship was a football tournament played between the British Home Nations during the 1930–31 season. The trophy was shared between England and Scotland as at the time a win was only worth two points and a draw one. Thus despite England's dominance of the opening matches, their defeat to Scotland in the final game gave the Scots a share in the victory even though it was the only game they won.

England began the tournament in commanding fashion, with heavy defeats of Ireland and Wales in their opening matches. Scotland by contrast struggled, only managing draws with both opponents and coming close to being upset in both matches. Going into the final match, England were already assured of a winners position, and only needed to draw with Scotland to take the position unopposed. However this proved beyond them as the Scots ran out 2–0 winners in Glasgow. In the competition's final match, Wales and Ireland fought a furious battle for third place, with the Welsh just edging the victory 3–2.


Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 England 4 3 2 0 1 9 3 +6
 Scotland 4 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2
 Wales 3 3 1 1 1 4 7 −3
 Ireland 1 3 0 1 2 3 8 −5

The points system worked as follows:

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


Scotland  1 – 1  Wales
Barney Battles, Jr. Goal 43' Goal 6' Tommy Bamford
Attendance: 23,106
Referee: Charles E. Lines (England)

Ireland  0 – 0  Scotland
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Herbert Edward Hull (England)

Scotland  2 – 0  England
George Stevenson Goal 61'
Jimmy McGrory Goal 64'
Attendance: 131,273
Referee: Alfred James Atwood (Wales)