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The 1965 British Home Championship was an outright victory for the English football team in the run up to the 1966 FIFA World Cup which was held in the country. England's preparation for the tournament had included a rare pre-season tour of the Americas, in which they had beaten the USA 10–0 in New York, but crashed to a 1–5 defeat by Brazil in Rio de Janeiro and also lost to Argentina. The Home Championship was a close contest however and an unexpected Welsh defeat of Scotland as well as a drubbing of Northern Ireland in their final game helped them to an impressive second. In the end however, none of the other home nations would qualify for the world cup finals, which England would go on to win.

The tournament opened with a dramatic match between England and Ireland, in which England went 4–0 up in the first half hour, but eventually were forced to hold on in the face of an Irish counter attack which reduced the deficit to 4–3. Fancied Scotland meanwhile began badly with a loss to Wales in Cardiff. In the second games, Ireland again ran a favourite close, eventually succumbing 3–2 to the Scots in a close game in which the lead changed several times. The Welsh too played well, only narrowly losing to eventual champions England. In the final match, the already last-placed Irish were demolished by a more driven Welsh team seeking a rare title, going down 5–0. In London, the Scots and the English fought out a 2–2 draw which put the championship out of Wales' reach by giving England five points.

Table

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 England 5 3 2 1 0 8 6 +2
 Wales 4 3 2 0 1 9 4 +5
 Scotland 3 3 1 1 1 7 7 0
 Ireland 0 3 0 0 3 5 12 −7

The points system worked as follows:

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

Results


3 October 1964
Ireland  3 – 4  England Windsor Park, Belfast
Jimmy McLaughlin 2, Sammy Wilson Jimmy Greaves 3, Fred Pickering

3 October 1964
Wales  3 – 2  Scotland Ninian Park, Cardiff
Kenneth Leek 2, Wyn Davies Stevie Chalmers, Dave Gibson

18 November 1964
England  2 – 1  Wales Wembley Stadium, London
Frank Wignall 2 Cliff Jones

25 November 1964
Scotland  3 – 2  Ireland Hampden Park, Glasgow
Davie Wilson 2, Alan Gilzean George Best, Willie Irvine

7 April 1965
Ireland  0 – 5  Wales Windsor Park, Belfast
  Roy Vernon 2, Cliff Jones, Graham Williams, Ivor Allchurch

10 April 1965
England  2 – 2  Scotland Wembley Stadium, London
Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Greaves Denis Law, Ian St John

References

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