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.
|Host country||England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales|
|Dates||29 February – 4 April 1896|
|Champions||Scotland (6th title)|
|Goals scored||32 (5.33 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||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.
Rules for classification: 1) points. The points system worked as follows: 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.
|Wales||6 – 1||Ireland|
| 9', 20' William Lewis
23', 84' Billy Meredith
60' Harry Pugh
34' Grenville Morris
|70' Adam Turner|
|Ireland||0 – 2||England|
| 40' Gilbert Smith
75' Steve Bloomer
|Wales||1 – 9||England|
|65'Thomas Chapman|| 25', 40' (60), 83' (89) Steve Bloomer
15', 44'Gilbert Smith
|Scotland||4 – 0||Wales|
|Robert Neil 19', 71'
Alexander Keillor 30'
Daniel Paton 59'
|Ireland||3 – 3||Scotland|
|James Barron 20', 32'
Robert Milne 43' (pen.)
| 7', 25' Bob McColl
78' Patrick Murray
- "Football: Scotland v. England". The Star. Guernesey: 2. 9 April 1896.