1895–96 British Home Championship

The 1895–96 British Home Championship was an edition of the annual international football tournament played between the British Home Nations. Despite England achieving an almost record 9–1 victory over Wales, the trophy was won by Scotland who won two and drew one of their matches, the draw coming in a hard-fought duel with Ireland.

1895–96 British Home Championship
Tournament details
Host countryEngland, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Dates29 February – 4 April 1896
Teams4
Final positions
Champions Scotland (6th title)
Runners-up England
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Goals scored32 (5.33 per match)
Top scorer(s)England Steve Bloomer (6 goals)

Wales and Ireland kicked off the tournament with the Welsh heavily defeating the Irish in Wrexham. England too beat the Irish in their opening game, although by a smaller scoreline and England then achieved their 9–1 victory over Wales with Steve Bloomer scoring five, an England record. Scotland too beat Wales, scoring four without reply before being held by the Irish in an exciting and close match. In the final game at Celtic Park, England and Scotland played for the trophy, England only needing a draw whilst the Scots required a win to take the tournament. In a close and dramatic game, Scotland narrowly beat the English 2–1 and won the championship. The decisive Scotland v England match, watched by a crowd of 60,000, generated receipts of £3,640, a world record at the time for a football match.[1]

TableEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Scotland (C) 3 2 1 0 9 4 +5 5
  England 3 2 0 1 12 3 +9 4
  Wales 3 1 0 2 7 14 −7 2
  Ireland 3 0 1 2 4 11 −7 1
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.
(C) Champion.

ResultsEdit

Wales  6 – 1  Ireland
  9'20' William Lewis
  23'84' Billy Meredith
  60' Harry Pugh
  34' Grenville Morris
  70' Adam Turner
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: James Cooper(England)

Ireland  0 – 2  England
    40' Gilbert Smith
  75' Steve Bloomer
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: James Robertson (Scotland)

Wales  1 – 9  England
  65'Thomas Chapman   25'40' (60)83' (89) Steve Bloomer
  15'44'Gilbert Smith
  33'Billy Bassett
  80'Johnny Goodall
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Tom Robertson (Scotland)

Scotland  4 – 0  Wales
Robert Neil   19'71'
Alexander Keillor   30'
Daniel Paton   59'
 
Attendance: 11,700
Referee: Joseph McBride (Ireland)

Ireland  3 – 3  Scotland
James Barron   20'32'
Robert Milne   43' (pen.)
  7'25' Bob McColl
  78' Patrick Murray
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: James Cooper (England)

Scotland  2 – 1  England
William Lambie   22'
Jack Bell   33'
  80' Billy Bassett
Attendance: 51,345
Referee: Humphrey Percy Jones (Wales)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Football: Scotland v. England". The Star. Guernesey: 2. 9 April 1896.

ReferencesEdit

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