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The 1952 British Home Championship was an international football tournament played between the British Home Nations during the 1951/52 season. In an unusual conclusion, Wales shared the championship with England, one of only four tournaments Wales would share victory in post-war. Ireland by contrast endured one of their worst championships of the period, losing all three games and failing to score. Scotland too underperformed, although their two losses were both hard fought.

Scotland had kicked off the competition with an easy victory over Ireland in the first match. England and Wales by contrast split the points, failing to breach a 1–1 draw at Ninian Park. England exerted their authority over the Irish in their second game with a simple win, whilst Wales performed the impressive feat of beating Scotland on their home turf with a hard-won 1–0 success. The final games were tensely contested, as Wales, hoping for an England failure at Hampden Park in their final game took the play to the Irish and ran out 3–0 winners. In Glasgow between England and Scotland, the tournament was decided by two Stan Pearson goals which gave England the victory and their half of the trophy. Had goal difference been used at this time to further separate the teams, then Wales would have won a rare individual victory, but this method of scoring was not introduced to the British Hom Championship until the Seventies.

Table

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

The points system worked as follows:

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

Results


6 October 1951
Ireland  0 – 3  Scotland Windsor Park, Belfast
  Bobby Johnstone 2, Thomas Orr

20 October 1951
Wales  1 – 1  England Ninian Park, Cardiff
Bill Foulkes Eddie Baily

14 November 1951
Scotland  0 – 1  Wales Hampden Park, Glasgow
  Ivor Allchurch

14 November 1951
England  2 – 0  Ireland Villa Park, Birmingham
Nat Lofthouse 2  

19 March 1952
Wales  3 – 0  Ireland Vetch Field, Swansea
Walley Barnes, Ivor Allchurch, Roy Clarke  

5 April 1952
Scotland  1 – 2  England Hampden Park, Glasgow
Lawrie Reilly Stan Pearson 2

References

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