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Football at the 1904 Summer Olympics

At the 1904 Summer Olympics, a football event was contested. Three club teams competed. Medals were awarded for the first time in Olympic history. The 1904 contest is considered to be an official contest by the IOC.

Football at the 1904 Summer Olympics
Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
DatesNovember 16–23, 1904
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
ChampionsCanada Canada (1st title)
Runners-up United States
Third place United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored13 (3.25 per match)
Top scorer(s)Alexander Hall
Thomas Taylor
(3 goals each)
4 matches played includes 1 replay

The 1904 Games were spread over several months, linked to the St. Louis World's Fair, and football was the last sport to be contested, in November. The tournament was played as a straight round robin, although the game between Christian Brothers College and St. Rose Parish was replayed twice due to a draw.



The matches were held at Francis Field in St. Louis.

Medal tableEdit

Canadian team Galt F.C. won the Gold Medal.
St. Louis team Christian Brothers College won the Silver Medal.
1  Canada (CAN)1001
2  United States (USA)0112
Totals (2 nations)1113

According to a report in the Toronto Mail and Empire newspaper of November 18, 1904, medals were awarded to the players in St. Louis. The report states that "Immediately after the game, the Galt aggregation, numbering about 50 persons, retired to the office of James E. Sullivan, chief of the Department of Physical Culture, where they received their prize. After a short talk by Mr. James A. Conlon, of the Physical Culture Department, Mayor Mundy, of the City of Galt, presented each player on the winning team with a beautiful gold medal." The medal awarded to Fred Steep of Galt, held by The Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum in Vaughan, Ontario, clearly shows that the medals were made in St. Louis, Missouri.

Medal summaryEdit


Men's footballEdit

Place Team Nation Record Goals
Wins Losses Percent For Against
1 Galt F.C.   Canada 2 0 1.000 11 0
2 Christian Brothers College   United States 1 1 .500 2 7
3 St. Rose Parish   United States 0 2 .000 0 6
Galt Football Club7–0Christian Brothers' College
  • Alexander Hall   (3 goals)
  • Gordon McDonald   (2 goals)
  • Frederick Steep  
  • Thomas Taylor  
Referee: Paul McQueeney (United States)

St. Rose Parish0–4Galt Football Club
  • Thomas Taylor   (2 goals)
  • Albert Hendersen  
  • William Twaits  
Referee: Paul McQueeney (United States)

St. Rose Parish0–0Christian Brothers' College
St. Rose Parish0–2Christian Brothers' College

Galt F.C. had little difficulty with either of the American squads, defeating them both without conceding a goal. The American teams played a scoreless draw before Christian Brothers College won a match against St. Rose, 2–0.



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