1896–97 British Home Championship

The 1896–97 British Home Championship was an international football tournament between the British Home Nations. It was won by Scotland after a late goal at The Crystal Palace which beat England to the trophy despite England's dominance of the competition up to that point. Ireland came third despite conceding 14 goals and Wales finished last having picked up only one point.

1896–97 British Home Championship
Tournament details
Host countryEngland, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Dates20 February – 3 April 1897
Teams4
Final positions
Champions Scotland (7th title)
Runners-up England
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Goals scored30 (5 per match)
Top scorer(s)England Steve Bloomer (4 goals)

England began the tournament the strongest, scoring six without reply against the Irish in Belfast with Fred Wheldon claiming a hat-trick. Ireland recovered in the second match however, a high-scoring affair against Wales in which the Irish just claimed a 4–3 victory. Wales too improved in their second match, forcing a draw from Scotland in Wrexham, before Scotland too improved, beating Ireland 5–1 at home to temporarily take the top of the table. England surpassed them in the penultimate match, winning 4–0 over Wales and needing only a draw in the final game at home against Scotland to win the tournament. Scotland however were more than a match for the English and scored late to claim their 2–1 victory and win the trophy.

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 11 2 +9 4
  Ireland 3 1 0 2 5 14 −9 2
  Wales 3 0 1 2 5 10 −5 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

England  6 – 0  Ireland
  25'30'55' Fred Wheldon
  19'85' Steve Bloomer
  75' Charlie Athersmith
 
Attendance: 13,490
Referee: Tom Robertson (Scotland)

Ireland  4 – 3  Wales
  7' James Barron
  62' Olphie Stanfield
  66' James Pyper
  68' Jack Peden
  19'36' Billy Meredith
  27' Caesar Jenkyns
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Tom Robertson (Scotland)

Wales  2 – 2  Scotland
Morgan Morgan-Owen   40'
David Pugh   75'
  11' (pen.) John L. Ritchie
  60' John Walker
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Thomas Armitt (England)

Scotland  5 – 1  Ireland
John McPherson   5'70'
Neilly Gibson   15'
Bob McColl   25'
Alexander King   40'
  62' James Pyper
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: James Cooper (Wales)

England  4 – 0  Wales
  62'64' Alf Milward
  23' Ernest Needham
  44' Steve Bloomer
 
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Tom Robertson (Scotland)

England  1 – 2  Scotland
Steve Bloomer   19'   27' Thomas Hyslop
  83' James Millar
Attendance: 33,715
Referee: Richard Thomas Gough (Wales)

ReferencesEdit

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