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1950 British Home Championship. The 1950 competition was one of the most significant competitions of the British Home Championship football tournament. This year saw the competition doubling up as Group 1 in the qualifying rounds for the 1950 FIFA World Cup. It was the first time that either England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland had entered a World Cup competition. It was also a significant moment in the history of Irish football as it was the last time that the Irish Football Association entered a team featuring players born in both Northern Irelandmarker and what is now the Republic of Irelandmarker.

Both England and Scotland began well, the Scots beating Ireland 8–2 at Windsor Parkmarker while England beat Wales 4–1 in Cardiffmarker. Both teams continued their dominance in the second round of matches, Scotland beating Wales 2–0 whilst Ireland were again heavily defeated, this time losing 9–2 to England. In the final round of games Ireland and Wales gained some consolation points with a goalless draw while − England took first place by beating Scotland 1–0 in a hard fought game in Glasgowmarker.

World Cup qualifying

FIFAmarker offered two places at the 1950 FIFA World Cup to the winners and runners up of the competition. However Scotland insisted they would only enter if they won the championship outright and even though they finished second, the Scottish FA declined the opportunity to enter a team in the World Cup finals for the first time. FIFA subsequently offered their place to both France, the runners-up in Group 3 and Ireland , the runners-up in Group 5. However both teams also declined the invitation. Despite winning the championship, England failed to impress at the World Cup. After defeating Chile 2–0 they then lost 1–0 to both the United States and Spain and failed to qualify for the second stage.

Last All-Ireland team

Until 1950 there were, in effect, two Ireland teams, chosen by two rival associations. Both associations, the Belfastmarker-based IFA and the Dublinmarker-based FAI claimed jurisdiction over the whole of Irelandmarker and selected players from the whole island. As a result several notable Irish players from this era played for both teams.

The game between the IFA XI and Wales at the Racecourse Groundmarker, Wrexhammarker on 8 March 1950 marked the end of an era in Irish football history. The result was irrelevant, as both teams had lost their previous games and had nothing to play for but pride. However, the 0–0 draw saw the IFA XI field an all-Ireland team for the last time. The team included four players - Tom Aherne, Reg Ryan, Davy Walsh and the captain, Con Martin - who were born in what is now the Republic of Irelandmarker. Since this game was also a qualifier for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, the situation led to controversy. All four players had previously played for the FAI XI in their qualifiers. Both Martin and Walsh had even scored for the FAI XI. As a result the four players actually played for two different associations in the same FIFA World Cup tournament.

FIFAmarker intervened, after complaints from the FAI, and subsequently restricted players' eligibility based on the political border. In 1953 FIFA ruled neither team could be referred to as Ireland, decreeing that the FAI team be officially designated as the Republic of Ireland, while the IFA team was to become Northern Ireland. The IFA objected and in 1954 were permitted to continue using the name Ireland in the British Home Championship. This practice was discontinued in the late 1970s.

Table

Final table Home Away
Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1. 3 3 0 0 14 3 +11 6 X 9:2 1 1 0 0 9 2 2 2 2 0 0 5 1 4
2. 3 2 0 1 10 3 +7 4 0:1 X 2:0 2 1 0 1 2 1 2 1 1 0 0 8 2 2
3. 3 0 1 2 1 6 −5 1 1:4 X 0:0 2 0 1 1 1 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0
4. 3 0 1 2 4 17 −13 1 2:8 X 1 0 0 1 2 8 0 2 0 1 1 2 9 1


The points system worked as follows:
  • 2 points for a win
  • 1 point for a draw


Results
















Team squads

Head coach: Walter Winterbottom
Pos. Player DoB Games

played
Goals Minutes

played
Sub off Sub on Club
DF John Aston September 3, 1921 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 Manchester United
FW Roy Bentley 17 May 1924 1 1 90 0 0 90 Chelsea F.C.
MF Jimmy Dickinson April 25, 1925 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 Portsmouth F.C.
FW Tom Finney April 5, 1922 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 /2 Preston North End
DF Neil Franklin January 24, 1922 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 Stoke City
FW Jack Froggatt November 17, 1922 1 1 90 0 0 90 Portsmouth F.C.
FW Johnny Hancocks April 30, 1919 1 0 90 0 0 90 Wolverhampton Wanderers
FW Bobby Langton September 8, 1918 1 0 90 0 0 90 Bolton Wanderers
FW Wilf Mannion 16 May 1918 1 0 90 0 0 90 Middlesbrough F.C.
FW Jackie Milburn 11 May 1924 1 3 90 0 0 90 Newcastle United
FW Stan Mortensen 26 May 1921 3 3 270 0 0 90 90 90 Blackpool F.C.
DF Bert Mozley September 21, 1923 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 Derby County
FW Stan Pearson January 15, 1919 1 2 90 0 0 90 Manchester United
DF Alf Ramsey January 22, 1920 1 0 90 0 0 90 /2 Tottenham Hotspur
FW Jack Rowley October 7, 1920 1 4 90 0 0 90 Manchester United
FW Len Shackleton 3 May 1922 1 0 90 0 0 90 Sunderland A.F.C.
GK Bernard Streten January 14, 1921 1 0 90 0 0 90 /2 Luton Town
MF Willie Watson March 7, 1920 1 0 90 0 0 90 Sunderland A.F.C.
GK Bert Williams January 31, 1920 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 Wolverhampton Wanderers
MF Billy Wright February 6, 1924 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 Wolverhampton Wanderers


Head coach: none, SFA Selection Committee
Pos. Player DoB Games

played
Goals Minutes

played
Sub off Sub on Club
MF George Aitken 28 May 1925 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 East Fife
FW Willie Bauld January 24, 1928 1 0 90 0 0 90 Heart of Midlothian
GK Jimmy Cowan June 16, 1926 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 /2 Greenock Morton
DF Sammy Cox April 13, 1924 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 Rangers
MF Bobby Evans July 16, 1927 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 Celtic
MF Alex Forbes January 21, 1925 1 0 90 0 0 90 Arsenal F.C.
FW Billy Liddell January 10, 1922 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 Liverpool F.C.
FW Alec Linwood March 13, 1920 1 1 90 0 0 90 Clyde
FW Jimmy Mason June 18, 1919 1 1 90 0 0 90 Third Lanark
MF Ian McColl June 7, 1927 1 0 90 0 0 90 Rangers
FW John McPhail December 27, 1923 1 1 90 0 0 90 Celtic
FW Willie Moir April 19, 1922 1 0 90 0 0 90 Bolton Wanderers
FW Henry Morris December 17, 1919 1 3 90 0 0 90 East Fife
FW Lawrie Reilly October 28, 1928 2 1 180 0 0 90 90 Hibernian
FW Billy Steel 1 May 1923 3 1 270 0 0 90 90 90 Derby County
FW William Waddell March 7, 1921 2 2 180 0 0 90 90 Rangers
MF Willie Woodburn August 8, 1919 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 Rangers
DF George Young October 27, 1922 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 Rangers


Head coach: none, managed by a committee
Pos. Player DoB Games

played
Goals Minutes

played
Sub off Sub on Club
DF Tom Aherne January 26, 1919 1 0 90 0 0 90 /2 Luton Town
MF Danny Blanchflower February 10, 1926 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 /2 Barnsley F.C.
DF/MF Gerry Bowler June 8, 1919 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 /2 Hull City
FW Bobby Brennan March 14, 1925 3 1 270 0 0 90 90 90 Birmingham City
FW Davy Cochrane August 14, 1920 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 /2 Leeds United
FW Eddie Crossan November 17, 1925 1 0 90 0 0 90 /2 Blackburn Roversmarker
MF Ray Ferris September 22, 1920 1 0 90 0 0 90 Birmingham City
DF Jim Feeney June 23, 1921 1 0 90 0 0 90 /2 Swansea Town
GK Hugh Kelly August 17, 1919 2 0 180 0 0 90 Fulham F.C.
GK Patrick Kelly April 9, 1918 1 0 90 0 0 90 /2 Barnsley F.C.
FW Jimmy McCabe September 17, 1918 1 0 90 0 0 90 /2 Leeds United
FW Johnny McKenna June 6, 1926 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 Huddersfield Town
DF Alf McMichael October 1, 1927 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 Newcastle United
DF Con Martin March 20, 1923 1 0 90 0 0 90 Aston Villa
MF Reg Ryan October 30, 1925 1 0 90 0 0 90 West Bromwich Albion
FW Sammy Smyth February 25, 1925 3 3 270 0 0 90 90 90 Wolverhampton Wanderers
FW Charlie Tully July 11, 1924 1 0 90 0 0 90 Celtic
MF Jackie Vernon September 26, 1918 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 West Bromwich Albion
FW Davy Walsh April 28, 1923 1 0 90 0 0 90 West Bromwich Albion


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