Field hockey at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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Men's field hockey
at the 1908 Summer Olympics
Tournament details
Host country United Kingdom
City London
Dates October 29 - October 31
Teams 6
Venue(s) White City Stadium
Top three teams
Champions  Great Britain (1st title)
Runner-up  Great Britain
Third place  Great Britain
Tournament statistics
Goals scored 36
(next) 1920

At the 1908 Summer Olympics, a field hockey tournament was contested for the first time. Six teams entered from three states.[1] The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland was represented by a team from each of the four Home Nations: England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Germany sent a championship club team, while France sent a team composed of players from three clubs.

Gold, Silver and Two Bronze medals were credited to the Great Britain team, the first and only medal sweep in Field Hockey Olympic History.


 Great Britain


First round

29 October 1908
Great Britain  (England) 10 – 1  France
Green (1)
Pridmore (3)
Shoveller (3)
Logan (2)
Rees (1)
(1) Poupon

29 October 1908
Great Britain  (Scotland) 4 – 0  Germany
Burt (2)
Laing (1)
Walker (1)


There were no playoffs for third place, so the losers of the semifinals received bronze medals.

29 October 1908
Great Britain  (Scotland) 1 – 6  Great Britain (England)
Walker (1) (3) Pridmore
(2) Shoveller
(1) Logan

29 October 1908
Great Britain  (Ireland) 3 – 1  Great Britain (Wales)
Robinson (1)
Gregg (1)
Power (1)
(1) Williams

Extra match

A match between the two continental teams took place between the semifinals and the final. Both France and Germany had lost in the first round, and thus the extra match could be considered to be a fifth and sixth place playoff match, though the official report makes no mention of that.

30 October 1908
Germany  1 – 0  France
Möding (1)


The official report ceases its description of the game after England took the lead 5–1, saying only that "by this time England had taken control of the game and won with eight goals to one".[2]

31 October 1908
Great Britain  (England) 8 – 1  Great Britain (Ireland)
Pridmore (4)
Shoveller (2)
Logan (2)
(1) Robinson


  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association.
  • De Wael, Herman (2002). "Hockey 1908". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 3 May 2006.


  1. ^ "Canada will win". Dawson Daily News. 20 October 1908. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  2. ^ Official Report, p. 203

Coordinates: 51°30′49″N 0°13′39″E / 51.5136°N 0.2274°E / 51.5136; 0.2274

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