1889–90 British Home Championship

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1889–90 British Home Championship
Tournament details
Host countryEngland, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Dates9 February–5 April 1890
Final positions
ChampionsShared:  England/ Scotland
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Goals scored33 (5.5 per match)
Top scorer(s)Scotland William Paul (4 goals)

The 1889–90 British Home Championship was an edition of the annual international football tournament played between the British Home Nations. The seventh such competition held, the 1890 edition was, for the second time, jointly won by England and Scotland, the sixth time that Scotland had won. Played during the second half of the 1889/90 season, the tournament was also notable for two matches played by England on the 15 March against Wales and Ireland simultaneously. With an increasingly crowded domestic schedule cramping available dates for matches, England fielded two entirely separate teams, both of which won their games with an aggregate of twelve goals to two.

Wales took the early lead in the competition, winning the opening game at home against Ireland. England's double victories over Wales and Ireland then placed them in front with favourites Scotland still to play a match. Scotland responded to England's lead with two comfortable wins over Wales and Ireland 5–0 and 4–1 leaving the final match between England and Scotland as the deciding game. Despite a furious and dramatic encounter, neither side could best the other and the result was a 1–1 draw, placing both England and Scotland at the head of the table, goal difference not at this stage being used to differentiate the teams.


Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England (C) 3 2 1 0 13 3 +10 5
 Scotland (C) 3 2 1 0 10 2 +8 5
 Wales 3 1 0 2 6 10 −4 2
 Ireland 3 0 0 3 4 18 −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
(C) Champion.


Wales 5 – 2 Ireland
William Owen
Dick Wilcock
David Lewis
William Pryce-Jones 2
William Dalton 2
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: James McKillop (Scotland)

Wales 1 – 3 England
William Lewis Edmund Currey 2
Tinsley Lindley
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: James Walker (Scotland)

Scotland 5 – 0 Wales
Lalty Wilson Goal 20'
William Paul Goal 36'43'60'70'
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: William Finlay (Ireland)

Ireland 1 – 4 Scotland
Jack Peden Goal 25' Goal 10'80' Gilbert Rankin
Goal 50' Thomas Wyllie
Goal 70' John McPherson
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: William H. Stacey (England)

Scotland 1 – 1 England
John McPherson Goal 37' Goal 17' Harry Wood
Attendance: 26,379
Referee: John Reid (Ireland)


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