1981–82 British Home Championship

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The 1981–82 British Home Championship between the British Home Nations was won by a dominant England football team which won all three of its matches as the tournament returned after being abandoned in 1981 due to civil disturbances in Northern Ireland. The championship was eagerly awaited because for the first time since 1958, three of the Home Nations were featuring in a World Cup; the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain and this was a chance to see them in competitive action before the World Cup began. The end-of-season format that had been used throughout the 1970s was dropped as it was felt three games in eight days was too intense at the end of a season and prior to a World Cup. The English began impressively with a heavy victory over Northern Ireland at home, followed by victory away in Wales. The Scots could only manage a draw with the disappointing Irish by contrast although they did beat Wales. The Welsh managed to salvage a result in their third game with a 3–0 defeat of Northern Ireland to claim third place. In the final deciding match in Glasgow, England edged victory through a Paul Mariner goal and thus claimed the championship. In the World Cup, Scotland were eliminated in the first round whilst England went out in the second round without losing a game. The unfancied Irish however provided a shock by beating hosts Spain and eliminating Yugoslavia in the first round before falling victim to the inspired French in round two.


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

The points system worked as follows:

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

The teams were then divided on goal difference


England  4 – 0  Northern Ireland
Robson Goal 1'
Keegan Goal 56'
Wilkins Goal 85'
Hoddle Goal 89'
Referee: Wales Gwyn Owen

Wales  0 – 1  England
Francis Goal 74'
Referee: Northern Ireland Thomas Donnelly

Northern Ireland  1 – 1  Scotland
McIlroy Goal 52' Wark Goal 32'

Scotland  1 – 0  Wales
Hartford Goal 7'
Referee: Northern Ireland Fred McKnight

Wales  3 – 0  Northern Ireland
Curtis Goal 18'
Rush Goal 64'
Nicholas Goal 75'

Scotland  0 – 1  England
Mariner Goal 13'
Referee: West Germany Jan Redelfs


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

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