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The 1967 British Home Championship has remained famous in the memories of British Home Nations football fans ever since the dramatic climatic match at Wembley Stadium, where an unfancied Scottish team beat England on the same turf they had won the 1966 FIFA World Cup a year before. England had comfortably desposed of Wales and Ireland in the earlier matches, whilst Scotland had struggled, drawing with Wales and only just beating the Irish. In the final match however, the Scots outplayed their illustrious opponents and claimed a 3–2 victory, thus becoming "World Champions" in the words of many enthusiastic Scottish supporters, who invaded and stole much of the pitch after the game. In contrast to later pitch invasions, this was conducted in a light-hearted spirit and merited no significant police action. The "World Champions" idea has since taken more tangible form in the Unofficial Football World Championships.

The contest was also important as it formed the first half of the qualifying stages for the 1968 UEFA European Football Championship, a competition England would eventually qualify for in the following 1968 British Home Championship and reach the semi-finals, ultimately securing third position overall.

Table

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


22 October 1966
Ireland  0 – 2  England Windsor Park, Belfast
  Roger Hunt, Martin Peters

22 October 1966
Wales  1 – 1  Scotland Ninian Park, Cardiff
Ron Davies Denis Law

16 November 1966
Scotland  2 – 1  Ireland Hampden Park, Glasgow
Bobby Murdoch, Bobby Lennox Jimmy Nicholson

16 November 1966
England  5 – 1  Wales Wembley Stadium, London
Geoff Hurst 2, Bobby Charlton, Jack Charlton,
Own Goal
Wyn Davies

12 April 1967
Ireland  0 – 0  Wales Windsor Park, Belfast
   

15 April 1967
England  2 – 3  Scotland Wembley Stadium, London
Jack Charlton, Geoff Hurst Denis Law, Bobby Lennox, Jim McCalliog

References

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