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List of football matches between British national teams

The national football teams of the four Home Nations of the United Kingdom have played each other more times than any other footballing nations in the world. The world's first international football match was played between Scotland and England in Glasgow in 1872 (a 0–0 draw). From then on, all four teams started playing regular friendlies against each other. In 1883 a formal competition between the UK's teams, the British Home Championship, was introduced, guaranteeing that each team would play the other three at least once a season. The Championship was discontinued in 1984, partly due to problems of crowd trouble, and partly due to the desire of England (and to a lesser extent Scotland) to contest international fixtures against larger and more powerful nations.

While the British Home Championship was being played, the UK teams were also drawn together on a number of occasions during qualification competitions for the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championships. Early tournaments simply used the British Championship as a qualifying group, but during qualification for the 1974 World Cup, England and Wales were drawn in the same group. Subsequent to this, three more qualification tournaments saw UK teams drawn together while the British Championship was being played. Since the end of the British Home Championship, the teams have played each other mainly when drawn together in international competitions such as the European Championship or the World Cup, with occasional friendly fixtures.[1][2][3][4]

Teams –

FIFA World Cup

Date Competition Score Venue Notes
1949–10–01 1950 FIFA World Cup qualifying Ireland  2–8  Scotland Northern Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast Also 1950 British Home Championship
1949–10–15 1950 FIFA World Cup qualifying Wales  1–4  England Wales Ninian Park, Cardiff Also 1950 British Home Championship
1949–11–09 1950 FIFA World Cup qualifying Scotland  2–0  Wales Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow Also 1950 British Home Championship
1949–11–16 1950 FIFA World Cup qualifying England  9–2  Ireland England Maine Road, Manchester Also 1950 British Home Championship
1950–03–08 1950 FIFA World Cup qualifying Wales  0–0  Ireland Wales Racecourse Ground, Wrexham Also 1950 British Home Championship
1950–04–15 1950 FIFA World Cup qualifying Scotland  0–1  England Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow Also 1950 British Home Championship
1953–10–03 1954 FIFA World Cup qualifying Northern Ireland  1–3  Scotland Northern Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast Also 1954 British Home Championship
1953–10–10 1954 FIFA World Cup qualifying Wales  1–4  England Wales Ninian Park, Cardiff Also 1954 British Home Championship
1953–11–04 1954 FIFA World Cup qualifying Scotland  3–3  Wales Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow Also 1954 British Home Championship
1953–11–11 1954 FIFA World Cup qualifying England  3–1  Northern Ireland England Goodison Park, Liverpool Also 1954 British Home Championship
1954–03–31 1954 FIFA World Cup qualifying Wales  1–2  Northern Ireland Wales Racecourse Ground, Wrexham Also 1954 British Home Championship
1954–04–03 1954 FIFA World Cup qualifying Scotland  2–4  England Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow Also 1954 British Home Championship
1972–11–15 1974 FIFA World Cup qualifying Wales  0–1  England Wales Ninian Park, Cardiff
1973–01–24 1974 FIFA World Cup qualifying England  1–1  Wales England Wembley Stadium, London
1976–11–17 1978 FIFA World Cup qualifying Scotland  1–0  Wales Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
1977–10–12 1978 FIFA World Cup qualifying Wales  0–2  Scotland England Anfield, Liverpool
1981–03–25 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifying Scotland  1–1  Northern Ireland Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
1981–10–14 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifying Northern Ireland  0–0  Scotland Northern Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast
1985–02–27 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifying Northern Ireland  0–1  England Northern Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast
1985–03–27 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifying Scotland  0–1  Wales Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
1985–09–10 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifying Wales  1–1  Scotland Wales Ninian Park, Cardiff
1986–02–27 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifying England  0–0  Northern Ireland England Wembley Stadium, London
2004–09–08 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying Wales  2–2  Northern Ireland Wales Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
2004–10–08 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying Northern Ireland  2–3  Wales Northern Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast
2004–10–09 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying England  2–0  Wales England Old Trafford, Manchester
2005–03–26 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying England  4–0  Northern Ireland England Old Trafford, Manchester
2005–09–03 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying Wales  0-1  England Wales Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
2005–09–07 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying Northern Ireland  1–0  England Northern Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast
2012–10–12 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying Wales  2–1  Scotland Wales Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
2013–03–22 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying Scotland  1–2  Wales Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
2016–11–11 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying England  3–0  Scotland England Wembley Stadium, London
2017–06–10 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying Scotland  2–2  England Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow

UEFA European Championships

Date Competition Score Venue Notes
1979–02–07 UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying England  4–0  Northern Ireland England Wembley Stadium, London
1979–10–17 UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying Northern Ireland  1–5  England Northern Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast
1986–10–15 UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying England  3–0  Northern Ireland England Wembley Stadium, London
1987–04–01 UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying Northern Ireland  0–2  England Northern Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast
1996–06–15 UEFA Euro 1996 finals – group stage Scotland  0–2  England England Wembley Stadium, London
1999–11–13 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying Scotland  0–2  England Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
1999–11–17 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying England  0–1  Scotland England Wembley Stadium, London
2011–03–26 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Wales  0–2  England Wales Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
2011–09–06 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying England  1–0  Wales England Wembley Stadium, London
2016–06–16 UEFA Euro 2016 finals – group stage England  2–1  Wales France Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens
2016–06–25 UEFA Euro 2016 finals – round of 16 Wales  1–0  Northern Ireland France Parc des Princes, Paris

British Home Championship

The British Home Championship (also known as the Home International Championship, the Home Internationals and the British Championship) was an annual football competition contested between the United Kingdom's four national teams: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (the last of whom competed as Ireland for most of the competition's history). Starting during the 1883–84 season, it was the oldest international football tournament and it was contested until the 1983–84 season, when it was abolished after 100 years.

The 1949–50 and 1953–54 championships doubled up as qualifying stages for the 1950 FIFA World Cup and 1954 FIFA World Cup respectively.

Friendlies

Date Score Venue Notes
1872–11–30 Scotland  0–0  England Scotland Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow
1873–03–08 England  4–2  Scotland England Kennington Oval, London
1874–03–07 Scotland  2–1  England Scotland Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow
1875–03–06 England  2–2  Scotland England Kennington Oval, London
1876–03–04 Scotland  3–0  England Scotland Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow
1876–03–25 Scotland  4–0  Wales Scotland Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow
1877–03–03 England  1–3  Scotland England Kennington Oval, London
1877–03–05 Wales  0–2  Scotland Wales Acton Park, Wrexham
1878–03–02 Scotland  7–2  England Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
1878–03–23 Scotland  9–0  Wales Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
1879–01–18 England  2–1  Wales England Kennington Oval, London
1879–04–05 England  5–4  Scotland England Kennington Oval, London
1879–04–07 Wales  0–3  Scotland Wales Acton Park, Wrexham
1880–03–13 Scotland  5–4  England Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
1880–03–15 Wales  2–3  England Wales Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
1880–03–27 Scotland  5–1  Wales Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
1881–01–18 England  0–1  Wales England Alexandra Meadows, Blackburn
1881–03–12 England  1–6  Scotland England Kennington Oval, London
1881–03–14 Wales  1–5  Scotland Wales Acton Park, Wrexham
1882–02–18 Ireland  0–13  England Northern Ireland Knock Ground, Belfast
1882–02–25 Wales  7–1  Ireland Wales Wrexham
1882–03–11 Scotland  5–1  England Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
1882–03–13 Wales  5–3  England Wales Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
1882–03–25 Scotland  5–0  Wales Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
1883–02–03 England  5–0  Scotland England Kennington Oval, London
1883–02–24 England  7–0  Ireland England Aigburth Cricket Ground, Liverpool
1883–03–10 England  2–3  Scotland England Bramall Lane, Sheffield
1883–03–12 Wales  0–3  Scotland Wales Acton Park, Wrexham
1882–03–17 Wales  1–1  Ireland Northern Ireland Belfast
1973–02–14 Scotland  0–5  England Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
1976–03–24 Wales  1–2  England Wales Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
1992–02–18 Scotland  1–0  Northern Ireland Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
1997–05–27 Scotland  0–1  Wales Scotland Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
2004–02–18 Wales  4–0  Scotland Wales Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
2007–02–06 Northern Ireland  0–0  Wales Northern Ireland Windsor Park, Belfast
2008–08–20 Scotland  0–0  Northern Ireland Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
2009–11–14 Wales  3–0  Scotland Wales Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
2013–08–14 England  3–2  Scotland England Wembley Stadium, London
2014–11–18 Scotland  1–3  England Scotland Celtic Park, Glasgow
2015–03–25 Scotland  1–0  Northern Ireland Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
2016–03–24 Wales  1–1  Northern Ireland Wales Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff

Others

Date Competition Score Venue Notes
1985–05–25 Rous Cup Scotland  1–0  England Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
1986–04–23 Rous Cup England  2–1  Scotland England Wembley Stadium, London
1987–05–23 Rous Cup Scotland  0–0  England Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
1988–05–21 Rous Cup England  1–0  Scotland England Wembley Stadium, London
1989–05–27 Rous Cup Scotland  0–2  England Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
2011–02–09 2011 Nations Cup Northern Ireland  0–3  Scotland Republic of Ireland Aviva Stadium, Dublin
2011–05–25 2011 Nations Cup Wales  1–3  Scotland Republic of Ireland Aviva Stadium, Dublin
2011–05–25 2011 Nations Cup Wales  2–0  Northern Ireland Republic of Ireland Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Head to head

England

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost W%
 Northern Ireland 98 75 16 7 76.53
 Scotland 112 47 24 41 41.96
 Wales 102 67 21 14 65.69

Northern Ireland

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost W%
 England 98 7 16 75 7.14
 Scotland 95 15 17 63 15.79
 Wales 96 28 24 44 29.17

Scotland

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost W%
 England 112 41 24 47 36.61
 Northern Ireland 95 63 17 15 66.32
 Wales 107 61 23 23 57.01

Wales

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost W%
 England 102 14 21 67 13.73
 Northern Ireland 96 44 24 28 45.83
 Scotland 107 23 23 61 21.5

British overseas territories

Seven British overseas territories have a national football team affiliated to FIFA - Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos Islands. All play within the CONCACAF (North American) area, with the exception of Gibraltar, making fixtures between the Home Nations and the overseas territories rare.

In 2013, the Gibraltar Football Association became a member of UEFA enabling their national team to play international fixtures. This opened the possibility of Gibraltar playing against a Home Nation during the qualification phase of major international competitions. To date, there have only been two matches between Gibraltar and one of the Home Nations – Scotland played them twice as part of their UEFA Euro 2016 qualification group, beating them on both occasions. These fixtures are the only occasions when a Home Nation and an overseas territory have played each other in an official international match.

Date Competition Score Venue Notes
2016–03–29 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Scotland  6–1  Gibraltar Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow
2016–10–11 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Gibraltar  0–6  Scotland Portugal Estádio Algarve, Faro

See also

References

  1. ^ "Scotland – International Results". rsssf.com. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  2. ^ "England – International Results". rsssf.com. Archived from the original on 26 April 2003. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  3. ^ "(Northern) Ireland – International Results". rsssf.com. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  4. ^ "International matches of Wales". rsssf.com. Retrieved 23 June 2016.