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Ireland v Wales during 1914 British Home Championship
Back(l-r): Val Harris, Fred McKee, Davy Rollo, Patrick O'Connoll
Front(l-r): EH Seymour, Sam Young, Billy Gillespie, Alex Craig, Bill Lacey, Louis Bookman, Bill McConnell

The 1914 British Home Championship was the last British Home Championship played before the First World War. The competition was played between January and April 1914 and won by Ireland with a team that included Patrick O’Connell, Billy Gillespie, Val Harris, Louis Bookman, Samuel Young and Bill Lacey.

1914 was the first time Ireland won the competition outright. The Irish had been the tournaments poorest performers over the years, but the previous year had demonstrated potential in beating England for the first time in a 2–1 win at Windsor Park. Ireland began the 1914 tournament beating Wales 2–1 a in Wrexham on January 19 and then demolished England in England for the first time, winning 3–0 at Ayresome Park in Middlesbrough. Ireland clinched the title on March 16 following a 1–1 draw with Scotland at Windsor Park while England's away victory over Wales did not salvage their poor campaign as Scotland would eventually finish as runners up, beating England 3–1 at Hampden Park. It would be six years before the trophy was again contested, and it would be with substantially different teams and in a different, increasingly global era of footall.

Table

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Ireland 5 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4
 Scotland 4 3 1 2 0 4 1 +3
 England 2 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3
 Wales 1 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3

The points system worked as follows:

  • 2 points for a win
  • 1 point for a draw

Results

19 January 1914
Wales  1 – 2  Ireland Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Evan Jones Samuel Young, Billy Gillespie

14 February 1914
England  0 – 3  Ireland Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough
  Bill Lacey 2, Billy Gillespie

28 February 1914
Scotland  0 – 0  Wales Celtic Park, Glasgow
   

14 March 1914
Ireland  1 – 1  Scotland Windsor Park, Belfast
Samuel Young Joseph Donnachie

16 March 1914
Wales  0 – 2  England Ninian Park, Cardiff
  Joe Smith, William Wedlock

4 April 1914
Scotland  3 – 1  England Hampden Park, Glasgow
Charlie Thomson, William Reid, Jimmy McMenemy Harold Fleming

References

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