1908  London Summer Olympics

1908 Summer Olympics - The Results (Lacrosse)

Lacrosse at the 1908 London Summer Games



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

Participants: 32 (32 men and 0 women) from 2 countries
Youngest Participant: GBR Reginald Martin (21 years, 121 days)
Oldest Participant: CAN Sandy Turnbull (35 years, 322 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 24 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): GBR Great Britain and CAN Canada (1 medal)



Lacrosse had been contested at the 1904 Olympics but after 1908, it has never again been an official medal sport on the Olympic Program, although demonstration lacrosse events were contested at the [1928], [1932], and [1948 Olympics]. Three teams were entered in the 1908 lacrosse tournament but South Africa withdrew, which left only Canada and Great Britain to contest a single game for the Olympic title. The game was held at the [White City Stadium] in Shepherd’s Bush, the main Olympic Stadium in 1908.

A field lacrosse game was played between Canada and Great Britain at the 1908 Summer Olympics. The game marked the second appearance of lacrosse at the Olympics, the first being at the 1904 Summer Olympics. Only two teams competed — one fewer than in 1904. South Africa was slated to send a team but then withdrew prior to the tournament.

Both teams held try-outs to select the players to represent their country. The game was tied 9-9 in the fourth period, before Canada scored 5 straight goals to pull ahead. Canada won 14-10 to earn their second of two gold medals, the only lacrosse gold medals given out in the Olympic Games.

Medal table

Position Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Canada 1 0 0 1
2  Great Britain 0 1 0 1
 1908 Olympics Lacrosse 1.jpg
Patrick Brennan goes for a ground ball.


Gold Silver Bronze
 Canada (CAN)
Frank Dixon
George Campbell
Gus Dillon
Richard Louis Duckett
George Rennie
Clarence McKerrow
Alexander Turnbull
Henry Hoobin
Ernest Hamilton
John Broderick
Tommy Gorman
Patrick Brennan (Capt.)
D. McLeod
A. Mara
J. Fyon
 Great Britain (GBR)
Gustav Alexander
George Buckland
Eric Dutton
S. N. Hayes
Wilfrid Johnson
Edward Jones
Reginald Martin
Gerald Mason
Johnson Parker-Smith
Hubert Ramsey (Capt.)
Charles Scott
Norman Whitley
C. J. Mason
F. S. Johnson
V. G. Gilbey
H. Shorrocks
James Caldwell Alexander
L. Blockey
None aw
October 24 Great Britain 10 - 14 Canada White City
    (1 - 5)
    (2 - 6)
    (7 - 9)


The Canadian team cheering after their win.

Scoring summary
  • FIRST QUARTER (5-1): Canada: Brennan (2), Turnbull, unknown (2); England: Buckland
  • SECOND QUARTER: (6-2) Canada: unknown; England: Jones
  • THIRD QUARTER (9-7): Canada: Turnbull (2), unknown; England: Jones (2), Buckland (3)
  • FOURTH QUARTER (14-10): Canada: Brennan (3), Gorman (2); England: Jones, unknown (2)


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