1888–89 British Home Championship

The 1888–89 British Home Championship was the sixth international football tournament between the British Home Nations and as with all but one of the previous tournaments, Scotland won, beating England by one point to take the championship. Wales achieved third place whilst Ireland finished bottom, as they had for five of the previous competitions.

1888–89 British Home Championship
Tournament details
Host countryEngland, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Dates23 February – 27 April 1889
Final positions
Champions Scotland (3rd title)
Runners-up England
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Goals scored28 (4.67 per match)
Top scorer(s)Scotland Willie Groves and England John Yates and England Johnny Goodall (3 goals)

England began the strongest team, scoring ten goals in their first two matches against Wales and Ireland for just two in reply. Scotland then showed their intent with a 7–0 defeat of Ireland at home in their first game. In what would turn out to be the deciding game of the competition, England and Scotland then played out a very fast-paced match which Scotland won 3–2 despite England's home advantage. Only needing a single point against Wales in their last match, Scotland only just achieved it, finishing with a rare scoreless draw. Ireland and Wales then played the decider for last place, Wales comfortably beating the Irish 3–1.


Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Scotland 3 2 1 0 10 2 +8 5
  England 3 2 0 1 12 5 +7 4
  Wales 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1 3
  Ireland 3 0 0 3 2 16 −14 0
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points. The points system worked as follows: 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.


  England4 – 1  Wales
Johnny Goodall
Fred Dewhurst
Jack Southworth
Billy Bassett
William Owen
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: John Campbell(Scotland)

  England6 – 1  Ireland
John Yates 3
Alf Shelton
Joe Lofthouse
John Brodie
James Wilton
Attendance: 6,500
Referee: Alfred Davies(Wales)

  Scotland7 – 0  Ireland
Frank Watt   7'10'
David Black   25'
Willie Groves   32'50'70'
Tom McInnes   88'
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: William H. Stacey (England)

  England2 – 3  Scotland
Billy Bassett   15'17'   55' Neil Munro
  82' James Oswald
  90' James McLaren
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: John Sinclair (Ireland)

  Wales0 – 0  Scotland
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: John Sinclair (Ireland)

  Ireland1 – 3  Wales
John Lemon Richard Jarrett 3
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Thomas Park (Scotland)


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