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The 1974 British Home Championship Home Nations football tournament was, like the two championships which preceded it, subject to rescheduled matches due to The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Scotland, who should have visited Belfast to play their match against Northern Ireland, instead hosted the game in Edinburgh as the previous years solution of matches being played in Liverpool was not taken up. Bereft of home advantage, the Irish struggled to contain their opponents, although they did begin well with a narrow win over the Scots. In their first matches, England enjoyed their home advantage to claim victories over the Welsh and Irish while the Welsh crashed to defeat against England and Scotland. With the confusing schedule, by the final match England seemed to be favourites, only needing a draw with the Scots in Glasgow to claim the trophy while a loss would still tie the series (goal difference was not at this stage used to calculate position). The Northern Irish, who could still have sneaked the championship, lost a close game to the Welsh, leaving England and Scotland to battle for the final placements, the Scots reaching parity in the competition thanks to a 2–0 victory.

Table

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

The points system worked as follows:

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

Results


11 May 1974
Scotland  0 – 1  Northern Ireland Hampden Park, Glasgow
  Thomas Cassidy

11 May 1974
Wales  0 – 2  England Ninian Park, Cardiff
  Stan Bowles, Kevin Keegan

14 May 1974
Scotland  2 – 0  Wales Hampden Park, Glasgow
Kenny Dalglish, Sandy Jardine (P)  

15 May 1974
England  1 – 0  Northern Ireland Wembley Stadium, London
Keith Weller  

18 May 1974
Wales  1 – 0  Northern Ireland Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
David Smallman  

18 May 1974
Scotland  2 – 0  England Hampden Park, Glasgow
Joe Jordan, Own Goal (Colin Todd)  

References

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