Galt F.C.

Galt Football Club was a soccer club based in Galt, Ontario, current day Cambridge, Ontario. Formed in either 1881 or 1882, Galt won the 1901, 1902, and 1903 Ontario Cups, but most notably the 1904 Olympic soccer tournament.

Galt FC
Full nameGalt Football Club
Founded1881 or 1882
Dissolved1910; 111 years ago (1910)
LeagueOntario Football Association
Olympic medal record
Men's soccer
Gold medal – first place 1904 St. Louis Team

HistoryEdit

 
Galt F.C. in 1904.

Galt has been one of the greatest historic soccer clubs in Canada. Their first major honour came in the form of the 1901 Ontario Cup and they repeated as champions in the next two seasons. In 1903, Galt went on a tour of Manitoba. In a span of 25 days, which included 17 games, Galt won 16 and tied 1. On that tour, they scored 46 goals and conceded 2. Galt's most notable triumph came in 1904 at the Olympics in St. Louis, where they represented Canada. They had to face two American sides. Winning convincingly, 7–0 and 4–0, Galt took home gold for Canada. In 1905 Galt played a touring English team called The Pilgrims. The game was dubbed "The Championship of the World", considering Galt were reigning Olympic champions.[1] The game drew much attention in Canada and the Northern United States.[2] At Dickson Park, in front of 3,500 fans, Galt tied the English team 3–3.

In 2004, on the centennial anniversary of the gold medal, the 1904 Galt team were inducted to the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame.[3][4]

Galt F.C. was featured in the Murdoch Mysteries episode "Bend It Like Brackenreid." https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5939102/

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ontario Heritage Trust - Bringing our story to life". heritagetrust.on.ca.
  2. ^ http://www.thesoccerhalloffame.ca/en-us/halloffame/virtualhalloffame/teamofdistinction/galtfootballclub1904.aspx
  3. ^ "Canadian Soccer History-Great Teams Galt FC 1904". canadiansoccerhistory.com.
  4. ^ "Olympic medal-winning Galt Football Club of 1904 remembered". 570News.