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.
|Host country||England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales|
|Dates||23 February – 27 April 1889|
|Champions||Scotland (3rd title)|
|Goals scored||28 (4.67 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Willie Groves and John Yates and 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.
Rules for classification: 1) points. The points system worked as follows: 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.
|England||4 – 1||Wales|
|England||6 – 1||Ireland|
|John Yates 3
|Scotland||7 – 0||Ireland|
|Frank Watt 7', 10'
David Black 25'
Willie Groves 32', 50', 70'
Tom McInnes 88'
|England||2 – 3||Scotland|
|Billy Bassett 15', 17'|| 55' Neil Munro
82' James Oswald
90' James McLaren