Football at the 1904 Summer Olympics

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

Men's association football (soccer) was contested at the 1904 Summer Olympics. A total of three club teams competed, two representing the United States, both from host city St. Louis, and one representing Canada, from Galt (now Cambridge), Ontario.[1] Originally two other Canadian teams had also been scheduled for the competition, Berlin Rangers and the University of Toronto, but both withdrew before the competition.[2]

The 1904 Olympic Games were spread over several months, linked to the St. Louis World's Fair, and football, in November, was the last sport to be contested. The tournament was played as a straight round-robin, although the game between Christian Brothers College and St. Rose Parish was replayed due to a draw in their first game.[3]

Gold medals were awarded at these Olympics for the first time. Galt F.C. (Canada) won the gold medal, Christian Brothers College (United States) the silver, and St. Rose Parish (United States) the bronze. These results are the best that either Canada or the United States have achieved in men's Olympic football. The 1904 contest is considered to be an official contest by IOC,[4] although not by FIFA because no national teams were involved in the competition.[2]


Francis Field hosted all the matches



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

Christian Brothers College United States0–7Canada Galt F.C.
Report Hall Goal Goal Goal
McDonald Goal Goal
Steep Goal
T. Taylor Goal
Referee: Paul McQueeney (United States)

St. Rose Parish United States0–4Canada Galt F.C.
Report (1)
Report (2)
T. Taylor Goal Goal
Hendersen Goal
Sinclair Goal
Referee: Paul McQueeney (United States)

Christian Brothers College United States0–0United States St. Rose Parish

Christian Brothers College United States2–0United States St. Rose Parish
? Goal Goal Report

Final ranking[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Canada Galt F.C. 2 2 0 0 11 0 +11 4
2 United States Christian Brothers College 2 1 0 1 2 7 -5 2
3 United States St. Rose Parish 2 0 0 2 0 6 -6 0

Medal summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

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 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.

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


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's football  Canada (CAN)
Galt F.C.
Otto Christman
George Ducker
John Fraser
John Gourlay
Alexander Hall
Albert Henderson
Albert Johnston
Robert Lane
Ernest Linton
Gordon McDonald
Frederick Steep
Tom Taylor
William Twaits
 United States (USA)
Christian Brothers College
Charles Bartliff
Warren Brittingham
Oscar Brockmeyer
Alexander Cudmore
Charles January
John January
Thomas January
Raymond Lawler
Joseph Lydon
Louis Menges
Peter Ratican
 United States (USA)
St. Rose Parish
Joseph Brady
George Cooke
Thomas Cooke
Cormic Cosgrove
Edward Dierkes
Martin Dooling
Frank Frost
Claude Jameson
Henry Jameson
Leo O'Connell
Harry Tate