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The 1949 British Home Championship was a football tournament played between the British Home Nations. The tournament was notable for it being the final competition the Home Nations competed in before they joined the FIFA World Cup and thus the last time it was the most important international football tournament in Britain.

England began the tournament the strongest with a 7–2 success over the Irish in Belfast. Scotland began well also, beating the Welsh in Cardiff, which they followed with a narrow success against Ireland in a highly-competitive match. England too took maximum points from their second game with a close 1–0 win over the Welsh. In the final games, Wales beat Ireland to take third place whilst the Scots succeeded in strongly defeating England at Wembley Stadium to take the championship.

Table

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Scotland 6 3 3 0 0 9 4 +5
 England 4 3 2 0 1 8 5 +3
 Wales 2 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1
 Ireland 0 3 0 0 3 4 11 −7

The points system worked as follows:

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

Results


9 October 1948
Ireland  2 – 7  England Windsor Park, Belfast
Davy Walsh 2 Stan Mortensen 3, Stanley Matthews, Jackie Milburn, Stan Pearson

23 October 1948
Wales  1 – 3  Scotland Ninian Park, Cardiff
Barrie Jones William Waddell 2, Hugh Howie

10 November 1948
England  1 – 0  Wales Villa Park, Birmingham
Tom Finney  

17 November 1948
Scotland  3 – 2  Ireland Hampden Park, Glasgow
William Houliston 2, Jimmy Mason Davy Walsh 2

9 March 1949
Ireland  0 – 2  Wales Windsor Park, Belfast
  George Edwards, Trevor Ford

9 April 1949
England  1 – 3  Scotland Wembley Stadium, London
Jackie Milburn Lawrie Reilly, Jimmy Mason, Billy Steel

References

  • Guy Oliver (1992). The Guinness Record of World Soccer. Guinness. ISBN 0-851129-54-4.  
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