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The 1951 British Home Championship football tournament was the Home Nations follow-up to England's disastrous appearance at their first World Cup, the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. There the much vaunted English had been beaten by the USA and Spain. The Scots had refused to go, and the Welsh and the Irish had failed to qualify. The Scots went on to capitalise on the demoralised English by taking the Home Championship away from them too.

The tournament began with wins for the favourites away from home, England beating the Irish and Scotland the Welsh. In the second matches, this dominance was emphasised with powerful wins by England in Sunderland over the Welsh and Scotland who beat the Irish 6–1 including four goals from Billy Steel. In the final game at Wembley Stadium, a tense and furious game brought the trophy to Scotland, who finished 3–2 winners. Wales had already beaten Ireland to claim third spot.


Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Scotland 6 3 3 0 0 12 4 +8
 England 4 3 2 0 1 10 6 +4
 Wales 2 3 1 0 2 5 8 −3
 Ireland 0 3 0 0 3 3 12 −9

The points system worked as follows:

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


7 October 1950
Ireland  1 – 4  England Windsor Park, Belfast
Edward McMorran Eddie Baily 2, Jackie Lee, Billy Wright

21 October 1950
Wales  1 – 3  Scotland Ninian Park, Cardiff
Aubrey Powell Lawrie Reilly 2, Billy Liddell

1 November 1950
Scotland  6 – 1 Ireland  Hampden Park, Glasgow
Billy Steel 4, John McPhail 2 Kevin McGarry

15 November 1950
England  4 – 2  Wales Roker Park, Sunderland
Eddie Baily 2, Stan Mortensen, Jackie Milburn Trevor Ford 2

7 March 1951
Ireland  1 – 2  Wales Windsor Park, Belfast
Billy Simpson Roy Clarke 2

14 April 1951
England  2 – 3  Scotland Wembley Stadium, London
Harold Hassall, Tom Finney Bobby Johnstone, Lawrie Reilly, Billy Liddell


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


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