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The Four Nations Tournament

The Four Nations Tournament was an annual semi-professional football competition, last won by England who won the 2008 tournament held in Wales. The competition - with a format of all nations playing each other and table with the team finishing top declared the winner - is held towards the end of the British domestic football season, between the semi-professional international football nations of England C, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

History

From 1979 to 1987 it was known as Torneo delle Quattro Nazioni per Rappresentative di Lega, and was originally competed for by Scotland Semi-Pro, England Semi-Pro, Netherlands Amateurs and Italy Serie C U-21s. The tournament was cancelled in 1986 and abandoned from 1988 to 2001.[1]

When the tournament returned in 2002, the semi-pro teams of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales competed. The Gibraltar national team replaced Ireland in 2008.[1]

The tournament has been won six times by England, three times by Wales and Scotland, and twice by Italy.[1]

There was talk of the tournament returning in 2009 but it did not happen. Supposedly, Scotland were rumoured to be conisdering a withdrawal with Northern Ireland ready to step in and join the semi-pro teams of Wales and England and the Gibraltar national team.[2] Scotland withdrew from the competition after 2008 because of a lack of funding.[3] Gibraltar later also chose also not to return for 2009. This left the tournament in doubt because it had only two teams signed up for next year's competiton.[4]

Format

The first tournament consisted of two semi-finals, a final and a third/fourth play-off. Every other tournament was a group stage with each national side playing each other once in a round robin format. The competition was always hosted as a one-off tournament by one of the competing nations, usually the competition was stage by each competing national side within a period of every four years.[1]

Winners

Year Winner Second Third Fourth
England 1979 England Semi-Pro Holland Amateurs Italy Serie C U-21 Scotland Semi-Pro
Netherlands 1980 Scotland Semi-Pro England Semi-Pro Italy Serie C U-21 Holland Amateurs
Italy 1981 England Semi-Pro Italy Serie C U-21 Scotland Semi-Pro Holland Amateurs
Scotland 1982 Scotland Semi-Pro England Semi-Pro Holland Amateurs Italy Serie C U-21
England 1983 England Semi-Pro Scotland Semi-Pro Holland Amateurs Italy Serie C U-21
Italy 1984 Italy Serie C U-21 England Semi-Pro Holland Amateurs Scotland Semi-Pro
Netherlands 1985 Scotland Semi-Pro England Semi-Pro Italy Serie C U-21 Holland Amateurs
Scotland 1986 Cancelled
Scotland 1987 Italy Serie C U-21 England Semi-Pro Scotland Semi-Pro Holland Amateurs
1988-2001 No Record
England 2002 Wales Semi-Pro Ireland Semi-Pro England Semi-Pro Scotland Semi-Pro
Wales 2003 England Semi-Pro Scotland Semi-Pro Ireland Semi-Pro Wales Semi-Pro
Scotland 2004 Wales Semi-Pro Scotland Semi-Pro England Semi-Pro Ireland Semi-Pro
Republic of Ireland 2005 England Semi-Pro Scotland Semi-Pro Wales Semi-Pro Ireland Semi-Pro
England 2006 Wales Semi-Pro England Semi-Pro Ireland Semi-Pro Scotland Semi-Pro
Scotland 2007 England Semi-Pro Wales Semi-Pro Scotland Semi-Pro Ireland Semi-Pro
Wales 2008 England Semi-Pro Wales Semi-Pro Scotland Semi-Pro Gibraltar

References

External links

  • Four Nations Tournament 2008 - News, Statistics, Information and Photographs
  • Unofficial 2009 Four Nations Tournament Blog
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