1908  London Summer Olympics

1908 Summer Olympics - The Results (Football)

Football at the 1908 London Summer Games



Host City: London, Great Britain
Date Started: October 19, 1908
Date Finished: October 24, 1908
Events: 1

Participants: 72 (72 men and 0 women) from 5 countries
Youngest Participant: DEN Vilhelm Wolfhagen (18 years, 342 days)
Oldest Participant: DEN Johannes Gandil (35 years, 151 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 36 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 3 countries with 1 medal



The 1908 Olympic football tournament is considered the first actual Olympic event by FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), which considers the 1900 and 1904 tournaments unofficial, or exhibitions, and does not recognize the 1906 tournament as Olympic, in concert with the IOC position. Six teams competed in London with most of the major football nations competing, save for Hungary and Bohemia, which were embroiled in ongoing political problems in the Balkans. France entered two teams, thus five nations competed. Although Great Britain competed as a unified entity, all the players were English. Ireland, Scotland and Wales were not yet FIFA members.

All of the events were held at the [White City Stadium] in Shepherd's Bush, London, the main Olympic Stadium for the 1908 Olympics. It hosted a large majority of the events contested in 1908.



The matches were held at White City Stadium in London.


Medal table

Position Country Gold Silver Bronze
1  Great Britain (GBR) 1 0 0
2  Denmark (DEN) 0 1 0
3  Netherlands (NED) 0 0 1
 France (FRA) 0 0 0
 Sweden (SWE) 0 0 0


Great Britain won the Gold Medal after beating Denmark at the final.


Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's tournament  Great Britain (GBR)
Horace Bailey
Arthur Berry
Frederick Chapman
Walter Corbett
Harold Hardman
Robert Hawkes
Kenneth Hunt
Herbert Smith
Harold Stapley
Clyde Purnell
Vivian Woodward
George Barlow
Albert Bell
Ronald Brebner
W. Crabtree
Walter Daffern
Thomas Porter
Albert Scothern
 Denmark (DEN)[3]
Peter Marius Andersen
Harald Bohr
Charles Buchwald
Ludvig Drescher
Johannes Gandil
Harald Hansen
August Lindgren
Kristian Middelboe
Nils Middelboe
Sophus Nielsen
Oskar Nørland
Bjørn Rasmussen
Vilhelm Wolfhagen
Magnus Beck[2]
Ødbert E. Bjarnholt
Knud Hansen
Einar Middelboe
 Netherlands (NED)
Reinier Beeuwkes
Frans de Bruyn Kops
Karel Heijting
Jan Kok
Bok de Korver
Emil Mundt
Louis Otten
Jops Reeman
Edu Snethlage
Ed Sol
Jan Thomée
Caius Welcker
Jan van den Berg
Lo la Chapelle
Vic Gonsalves
John Heijting
Tonie van Renterghem

Final tournament



19 October 1908
Netherlands  w/o  Hungary
Hungary withdrew due to the Bosnian crisis.
19 October 1908
Denmark  9–0 France France B
N. Middelboe Goal 10'49'
Wolfhagen Goal 15'17'67'72'
Bohr Goal 25'47'
S. Nielsen Goal 78'
White City
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Thomas Kyle (Great Britain)
20 October 1908
France  w/o  Bohemia
Bohemia withdrew after losing their FIFA membership.
20 October 1908
Great Britain  12–1  Sweden
Stapley Goal 15'??'
Woodward Goal ??'??'
Berry Goal ??'
Chapman Goal ??'
Purnell Goal ??'??'??'??'
Hawkes Goal ??'??'
Report Bergström Goal 65'
White City
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Ibbotson (Great Britain)


22 October 1908
Great Britain  4–0  Netherlands
Stapley Goal 37'60'64'75' Report  
White City, London
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Howcroft (Great Britain)
22 October 1908
Denmark  17–1  France
S. Nielsen Goal 3'4'6'39'46'48'52'64'66'76'
Lindgren Goal 18'37'
Wolfhagen Goal 60'72'82'89'
N. Middelboe Goal 68'
Report Sartorius Goal 16'
White City, London
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Campbell (Great Britain)

Bronze medal match

The French were so shocked by their 17-1 defeat against Denmark that they declined to play for the bronze medal; therefore, the Netherlands played Sweden for third place.

23 October 1908
Netherlands  2–0[5]  Sweden
Reeman Goal 6'
Snethlage Goal 58'
White City, London
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Pearson (Great Britain).

Gold medal match

24 October 1908
Great Britain  2–0  Denmark
Chapman Goal 20'
Woodward Goal 46'
White City, London
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Lewis (Great Britain)



11 goals
  • Denmark Sophus Nielsen (Denmark)
8 goals
  • Denmark Vilhelm Wolfhagen (Denmark)
6 goals
  • United Kingdom Harold Stapley (Great Britain)
4 goals
  • United Kingdom Clyde Purnell (Great Britain)
3 goals
  • Denmark Nils Middelboe (Denmark)
  • United Kingdom Vivian Woodward (Great Britain)
2 goals
  • Denmark Harald Bohr (Denmark)
  • Denmark August Lindgren (Denmark)
  • United Kingdom Frederick Chapman (Great Britain)
  • United Kingdom Robert Hawkes (Great Britain)
1 goal
  • France Émile Sartorius (France)
  • United Kingdom Arthur Berry (Great Britain)
  • Netherlands Jops Reeman (Netherlands)
  • Netherlands Edu Snethlage (Netherlands)
  • Sweden Gustaf Bergström (Sweden)


Place Name Nation Goals allowed Games GAA
1 Horace Bailey  Great Britain 1 3 0.33
2 Ludvig Drescher  Denmark 3 3 1.00
3 Reinier Beeuwkes  Netherlands 4 2 2.00
4 Oskar Bengtsson  Sweden 14 2 7.00
5 Fernand Desrousseaux  France 9 1 9.00
6 Maurice Tillette  France 17 1 17.00

Football at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's team squads


Great Britain

Great Britain

Great Britain was represented by the England national amateur football team.
Coach: Alfred Davis

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals 1908 club
  GK Horace Bailey   7   England Leicester Fosse
R   George Barlow   1   England Wigan Grammar School Old Boys Club
R   Albert Eduard Bell   3   England Woking FC
    Arthur Berry   4   England Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.
R GK Ronald Brebner   3   England Darlington FC
    Frederick Chapman   3   England South Notts F.C.
    Walter Corbett   11   England Birmingham City F.C.
R   W. Crabtree   0   England Blackburn Crosshill FC
R   Walter Daffern   1   England Royal Engineers AFC
    Harold Hardman   10   England Manchester United F.C.
    Robert Hawkes   14   England Luton Town F.C.
    Kenneth Hunt   4   England Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.
R   Thomas Porter   1   England Stockport County FC
    Clyde Purnell   4   England Clapton F.C.
R   Albert Scothern   3   England Oxford City FC
    Herbert Smith   10   England Reading F.C.
    Harold Stapley   5   England Glossop North End A.F.C.
    Vivian Woodward (c)   25   England Tottenham Hotspur F.C.


Denmark was represented by the Denmark national football team.
Coach: England Charles Williams

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals 1908 club
    Peter Marius Andersen 25 April 1885 (aged 23) 0   Denmark BK Frem
R   Magnus Beck 8 December 1889 (aged 18) 0   Denmark B.93
R   Ødbert E. Bjarnholt 21 December 1885 (aged 22) 0   Denmark BK Frem
    Harald Bohr 22 May 1887 (aged 21) 0   Denmark AB
    Charles Buchwald 22 October 1880 (aged 27) 0   Denmark AB
  GK Ludvig Drescher 21 July 1881 (aged 27) 0   Denmark KB
    Johannes Gandil 21 May 1873 (aged 35) 0   Denmark B.93
    Harald Hansen   0   Denmark B.93
R   Knud Hansen   0   Denmark BK Olympia
    August Lindgren   0   Denmark B.93
R   Einar Middelboe   0   Denmark KB
    Kristian Middelboe (c)   0   Denmark KB
    Nils Middelboe   0   Denmark KB
    Sophus Nielsen   0   Denmark BK Frem
    Oskar Nielsen   0   Denmark KB
    Bjørn Rasmussen   0   Denmark KB
    Vilhelm Wolfhagen   0   Denmark KB


Netherlands was represented by the Netherlands national football team.
Coach: England Edgar Chadwick

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals 1908 club
R   Kees Beeker   5   Netherlands HBS Craeyenhout
  GK Reinier Beeuwkes   8   Netherlands DFC
R   Jan van den Berg   0   Netherlands HFC Haarlem
R GK Lo la Chapelle   1   Netherlands HVV Den Haag
    Frans de Bruyn Kops   1   Netherlands HBS Craeyenhout
    Karel Heijting   7   Netherlands HVV Den Haag
    Jan Kok   0   Netherlands UD Deventer
    Bok de Korver   8   Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam
R   Vic Gonsalves   0   Netherlands HBS Craeyenhout
R   Wim Groskamp   0   Netherlands HVV Quick
    Emil Mundt (c)   0   Netherlands HVV Den Haag
    Louis Otten   2   Netherlands HVV Quick
    Jops Reeman   0   Netherlands HVV Quick
    Edu Snethlage   4   Netherlands HVV Quick
    Ed Sol   0   Netherlands HVV Den Haag
    Jan Thomée   4   Netherlands Concordia Delft
    Caius Welcker   4   Netherlands HVV Quick


Sweden was represented by the Sweden national football team.

Head coach: Ludvig Kornerup

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals 1908 club
    Sune Almkvist   0   Sweden IFK Uppsala
    Nils Andersson   1   Sweden IFK Göteborg
    Karl Ansén   2   Sweden AIK Stockholm
  GK Oskar Bengtsson   1   Sweden Örgryte IS
    Gustaf Bergström   1   Sweden Örgryte IS
    Arvid Fagrell   0   Sweden IFK Göteborg
    Åke Fjästad   1   Sweden IFK Stockholm
    Karl Gustafsson   2   Sweden IFK Köping
    Valter Lidén   0   Sweden IFK Göteborg
    Hans Lindman (c)   2   Sweden IFK Uppsala
    Theodor Malm   2   Sweden AIK Stockholm
    Sven Ohlsson   0   Sweden Mariebergs IK
    Olof Ohlsson   0   Sweden IFK Eskilstuna
    Sven Olsson   2   Sweden Örgryte IS
R   Helge Ohlsson   0   Sweden IFK Eskilstuna


France was represented by the France national football team, divided into two squads.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals 1908 club
    Georges-Henri Albert       France CA Paris
    Georges Bayrou       France Gallia Club Paris
    Gaston Cyprès       France CA Paris
R   O. Desaulty       France A.S.Française
R   Albert Dubly       France RC Roubaix
    Jean Dubly       France RC Roubaix
R   Julien Du Rhéart       France Club Français
    René Fenouillière       France Red Star Amical Club
    André François (c)       France RC Roubaix
R   Gabriel Hanot       France US Tourcoing
    Charles Renaux       France RC Roubaix
R   Marius Royet       France US Parisienne
    Émile Sartorius       France RC Roubaix
    Louis Schubart       France Olympique Lillois
R   J. Signoret        
  GK Maurice Tillette       France US Boulogne
    Ursule Wibaut       France Olympique Lillois
R   J. Zimmermman       France A.S.Française

France B

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals 1908 club
    Charles Bilot       France CA Paris
    Sadi Dastarac       France Gallia Club Paris
R   Victor Denis       France US Tourcoing
  GK Fernand Desrousseaux       France US Tourcoing
R   René Eucher       France A.S. Française
    Adrien Filez       France US Tourcoing
    Raoul Gressier       France Calais RUFC
    Henri Holgard       France Amiens AC
    Albert Jenicot       France RC Roubaix
    Paul Mathaux       France US Boulogne
R   Étienne Morillon       France Red Star Amical Club
R   Albert Schaff       France CA XIVeme
    Pierre Six       France Olympique Lillois
R   Georges Prouvost       France US Tourcoing
    Jules Verlet (c)       France CA Paris
    Justin Vialaret       France CA XIVeme


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