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Hockey at the 1908 Summer Olympics

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Hockey at the 1908 Summer Olympics

Men's field hockey
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
DatesOctober 29 (quarterfinals, semifinals)
October 31 (final)
Competitors66 from 3 nations

At the 1908 Summer Olympics, a field hockey tournament was contested for the first time. Six teams entered from three states. 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 different clubs.

England won the gold medal, Ireland the silver, and Scotland and Wales the bronze medals.


 Great Britain


First round

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

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


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

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

29 October 1908
Ireland  3 – 1  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".[1]

31 October 1908
England  8 – 1  Ireland
Prindmore (4)
Shoveller (2)
Logan (2)
(1) Robinson



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