1976–77 British Home Championship

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The 1976–77 British Home Championship launched a brand new era in Home Nations football during its final game, when jubilant Scottish fans invaded the pitch at Wembley Stadium following their team's surprise victory. Unlike a similar occasion in 1967, family football had given way to hooliganism and extensive damage was done to the stadium and riots in London throughout the night followed the occasion. It was events like this which eventually led to the tournament's cancellation in 1984.

The tournament itself was an open affair, with an opening victory for England cancelled out by a Scottish win over Northern Ireland and English defeat to Wales. The Welsh stood a good chance of winning the tournament outright for the first time since 1937, but could not beat the Irish in their final match, and ended up in a rare second-place position, the Scots and English thus faced each other in the final match knowing the winner would take the trophy, the Scots achieving a victory on England's home ground to take the trophy for the second year in a row and demonstrate their dominance in British football. The match was followed by a mass pitch invasion by Scottish supporters.[1]

Table[edit]

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

The points system worked as follows:

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

Results[edit]

Wales  0 – 0  Scotland
Report (Page 24)
Referee: Northern Ireland Malcolm Moffatt

Northern Ireland  1 – 2  England
McGrath Goal 4' Report Channon Goal 27'
Tueart Goal 86'

England  0 – 1  Wales
James Goal 44' (pen.)

Scotland  3 – 0  Northern Ireland
Dalglish Goal 37'79'
McQueen Goal 61'
Report (Page 18)
Referee: Wales John Gow

Northern Ireland  1 – 1  Wales
Nelson Goal 46' Deacy Goal 27'

England  1 – 2  Scotland
Channon Goal 87' (pen.) Report (Page 16) McQueen Goal 42'
Dalglish Goal 60'

Goalscorers[edit]

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

References[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1977 British Home Championship". Soccer Nostalgia. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 

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