Field hockey at the 1948 Summer Olympics

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1948 Men's Hockey
Summer Olympics
Field hockey pictogram.svg
Tournament details
Host country United Kingdom
DatesJuly 31 – August 13
Venue(s)Guinness Ground, Park Royal
Lyons' Ground, Sudbury
Polytechnic Ground, Chiswick
Wembley Stadium
Top three teams
Champions India
Runner-up Great Britain
Third place Netherlands
1936 (previous) (next) 1952

In five Olympic hockey tournaments, there had only been two different winners, but Britain and India had never competed together at the Olympics. In fact, the two nations had never played each other, the British fearing embarrassment as their (former) colony was considered the better team. There was no question the UK would again be absent at their home Olympics, although there were some organizational difficulties. First of all, the four British nations were independently affiliated with the international federation FIH and weren't very keen on cooperating. Also, there were no hockey grounds to train on, as these were used by cricketers during the summer. Still, they managed to put together a team, the first real British hockey team at the Olympics (the 1908 and 1920 champions had been composed entirely of English players). Their captain was the versatile Norman Borrett, a first class cricketer and national squash champion who once qualified for Wimbledon but didn't have time to compete.

Britain and India were seeded, along with Pakistan and the Netherlands. Pakistan had only separated from India the previous year, and made their first Olympic appearance in London. One of the team members, Ali Iqtidar Shah Dara, had been on the golden Indian team of 1936. All four ranked teams made the semis, although the Brits were held to a goalless draw by Switzerland, and Pakistan crushed the Dutch 6-1 in their group match. The semi-finals were close, and British observers considered the Indians to be lucky to get away with a 2-1 win against the Dutch. With Britain beating Pakistan, the gold medal match would finally see India play the Britons. Completely focused on its defence, Britain was unable to keep up with the fast-paced Indians, and they lost it 4-0. The bronze went to the Netherlands, beating Pakistan 4-2 in a replay of the first 3rd place match, which had ended in a draw.[1]

Final results for the field hockey competition at the 1948 Summer Olympics: [2]

Only a men's competition occurred that year.

Participating nations[edit]

(*) NOTE: There are only players counted, which participated in one game at least.
(H) Host

Competition format[edit]

Round-robin pools advance teams to classification round matches.


A total of 187(*) field hockey players from 13 nations competed at the London Games

Group stage[edit]

The first of each group and also the second of Group C qualified for the Semi-finals.

Ticket for the 1948 Summer Olympics Hockey Match at the Empire Stadium Wembley

Group A[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts India Argentina Austria Spain
1.  India (IND) 3 3 0 0 19 1 6 X 9:1 8:0 2:0
2.  Argentina (ARG) 3 1 1 1 5 12 3 1:9 X 1:1 3:2
3.  Austria (AUT) 3 0 2 1 2 10 2 0:8 1:1 X 1:1
4.  Spain (ESP) 3 0 1 2 3 6 1 0:2 2:3 1:1 X

Group B[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts United Kingdom Switzerland Afghanistan United States
1.  Great Britain (GBR) 3 2 1 0 19 0 5 X 0:0 8:0 11:0
2.  Switzerland (SUI) 3 1 2 0 4 2 4 0:0 X 1:1 3:1
3.  Afghanistan (AFG) 3 1 1 1 3 9 3 0:8 1:1 X 2:0
4.  United States (USA) 3 0 0 3 1 16 0 0:11 1:3 0:2 X

Group C[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pakistan Netherlands Belgium France Denmark
1.  Pakistan (PAK) 4 4 0 0 20 3 8 X 6:1 2:1 3:1 9:0
2.  Netherlands (NED) 4 3 0 1 11 8 6 1:6 X 4:1 2:0 4:1
3.  Belgium (BEL) 4 2 0 2 6 8 4 1:2 1:4 X 2:1 2:1
4.  France (FRA) 4 0 1 3 4 9 1 1:3 0:2 1:2 X 2:2
5.  Denmark (DEN) 4 0 1 3 4 17 1 0:9 1:4 1:2 2:2 X


 Great Britain (GBR) 2 - 1  Pakistan (PAK)
 India (IND) 2 – 1  Netherlands (NED)

Bronze medal match[edit]

 Netherlands (NED) 4 – 1  Pakistan (PAK)


12 August 1948 (1948-08-12)
18:00 [USA]
India  4-0  United Kingdom
Wembley Stadium

Attendance: 25,200
Rogge (NED)
Lombaert (BEL)
Final—India v. Great Britain at the Empire Stadium, Wembley, Thursday, August 12th. India scoring their third goal.

Final Standings[edit]

Place Nation
Gold medal.svg  India (IND)
Silver medal.svg  Great Britain (GBR)
Bronze medal.svg  Netherlands (NED)
4  Pakistan (PAK)
5T  Argentina (ARG)
5T  Switzerland (SUI)
7T  Austria (AUT)
7T  Afghanistan (AFG)
7T  Belgium (BEL)
10T  Spain (ESP)
10T  United States (USA)
10T  France (FRA)
13  Denmark (DEN)

Medal summary[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 India (IND)
Leslie Claudius
Keshav Dutt
Walter D'Souza
Lawrie Fernandes
Ranganathan Francis
Gerry Glackan
Akhtar Hussain
Patrick Jansen
Amir Kumar
Kishan Lal (C)
Leo Pinto
Jaswant Singh Rajput
Reginald Rodrigues
Balbir Singh Sr.
Randhir Singh Gentle
Grahanandan Singh
K. D. Singh (VC)
Trilochan Singh
Maxie Vaz
 Great Britain (GBR)
Robert Adlard
Norman Borrett
David Brodie
Ronald Davis
W O Greene
William Griffiths
E J E Hitchman
Frederick Lindsay
William Lindsay
John Peake
Frank Reynolds
George Sime (c)
D B Thomas
Michael Walford
P Whitbread
William White
A H Young [3]
 Netherlands (NED)
André Boerstra
Henk Bouwman
Piet Bromberg
Harry Derckx
Han Drijver
Dick Esser
Roepie Kruize
Jenne Langhout
Dick Loggere
Ton Richter
Eddy Tiel
Wim van Heel

Note: The International Olympic Committee medal database shows also only these players as medalists. They all played at least one match during the tournament. The reserve players are not listed as medalists.


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  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Hockey at the 1948 London Summer Games". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  3. ^ "Our Hockey Correspondent. "Hockey." Times [London, England] 7 July 1948". The Times Digital Archive.

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