1908 Summer Olympics, a field hockey tournament was contested for the first time. Six teams entered the tournament. These included England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany and France. England won the gold medal. Ireland won the silver and Scotland and Wales were awarded bronze medals. All the medals were subsequently credited to Great Britain.
There were no playoffs for third place, so the losers of the semi-finals received bronze medals.
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.
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".
Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association. De Wael, Herman (2002). "Hockey 1908". Herman's Full Olympians . Retrieved . 3 May 2006
"Canada will win". Dawson Daily News. 20 October 1908 . Retrieved . 20 August 2016
^ Official Report, p. 203
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