1885–86 British Home Championship

The 1885–86 British Home Championship was the third annual international football tournament played between the British Home Nations. As common for the time, the matches were punctuated by some high scorelines and for the first time two teams finished level on points at the top of the table, thus sharing the championship as goal difference would not be introduced to separate teams for over nearly 90 years.

1885–86 British Home Championship
Tournament details
Host countryEngland, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Dates27 February – 10 April 1886
Final positions
ChampionsShared:  Scotland/ England
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Goals scored32 (5.33 per match)
Top scorer(s)Scotland Charles Heggie and England Benjamin Spilsbury (4 goals)

England and Scotland were the joint winners, with Wales third and Ireland last with zero points. The tournament began in February 1886 with a match between Wales and Ireland which Wales won comfortably 5–0. Ireland next played against England and Scotland, suffering two heavy defeats in which they conceded 13 goals for three in reply. With the three leaders therefore equal on points, England and Scotland played their match, sharing points in a 1–1 draw. Wales then played against England and Scotland in the final games but lost both, resulting in England and Scotland sharing the title.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Scotland (C) 3 2 1 0 12 4 +8 5
2   England (C) 3 2 1 0 10 3 +7 5
3   Wales 3 1 0 2 7 7 0 2
4   Ireland 3 0 0 3 3 18 −15 0
Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) Points. The points system worked as follows: 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.
(C) Joint champions


Wales  5–0  Ireland
Attendance: 700
Referee: Dick Gregson (England)

Ireland  1–6  England
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: James McKillop (Scotland)

Ireland  2–7  Scotland
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: George T. Wolstenholme (Ireland)

Scotland  1–1  England
Somerville   80' Lindley   35'
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Alexander Hunter (Wales)

Wales  1–3  England
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Stuart Lawrie (Scotland)

Scotland  4–1  Wales
Vaughan   88'
Attendance: 5,500
Referee: John Sinclair (Ireland)


  1. ^ "British Home Championship 1884–1899". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  • Guy Oliver (1992). The Guinness Record of World Soccer. Guinness. ISBN 0-85112-954-4.