1982–83 British Home Championship

The 1982-83 British Home Championship was the penultimate in the series of football tournaments between the British Home Nations which stretched back 99 years to 1884. In 1983 England and then Scotland announced their withdrawal from future competition after the 1984 competition with the arrangement of the Rous Cup between the two nations to eliminate Wales and Northern Ireland, who were seen as weaker opposition. The 1983 tournament was a tight contest, which England won with a final victory at home over Scotland following an opening victory over Wales and a draw in Belfast. The game at Wembley was played in midweek in an attempt to curb the large number of travelling Scottish supporters. The Scots came second with a win over Wales and a draw with Northern Ireland off-setting their final day defeat. The Welsh succumbed to goal difference as the points system then in use meant that the Irish, who had drawn twice and lost once without scoring themselves gained the same number of points for a smaller goal difference despite Wales' victory over them in their final game.


Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 England 5321041+3
 Scotland 33111220
 Northern Ireland 23021011
 Wales 23102242

The points system worked as follows:

The teams were then divided on goal difference


23 February 1983
England  2 – 1  Wales
Terry Butcher
Phil Neal  pen.'
Ian Rush

28 May 1983
Northern Ireland  0 – 0  England

28 May 1983
Wales  0 – 2  Scotland
  Andy Gray  11'
Alan Brazil  67'

1 June 1983
England  2 – 0  Scotland
Bryan Robson  12'
Gordon Cowans  52'


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