Gordon Hoare

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Olympic medal record
Men's football
Representing  Great Britain
Gold medal – first place 1912 Stockholm Team competition

Gordon Rahere Hoare (18 April 1884 – 27 October 1973[1]) was an English amateur footballer who was a member of the Great Britain team that won the gold medal at the 1912 Summer Olympics. In club football, he played in the Football League for Woolwich Arsenal, Glossop and Fulham.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Blackheath, Hoare started out with junior sides such as West Norwood, Woolwich Polytechnic and Bromley before joining Woolwich Arsenal in 1907. He made his League debut in a First Division match against Sheffield Wednesday on 20 April 1908, the last day of the 1907–08 season. Although he played 11 League matches in 1908–09, scoring five goals, he was unhappy at the lack of regular first-team football and moved to Glossop in December 1909.[3] From 1909 through to 1911 he also turned out occasionally for Kent League side Northfleet United.[citation needed]

He lasted a year at Glossop before returning to Woolwich Arsenal in December 1910. He scored six times in fourteen games for Arsenal in the 1910–11 season but was once again dropped at the start of the following season, unable to oust Jackie Chalmers and Charles Randall from the front line. He rejoined Glossop in February 1912; in total, he played 34 times for Arsenal, scoring 13 goals.[3]

Hoare was capped multiple times for the England amateur team.[4] He was a member of the team that represented Great Britain at the 1912 Summer Olympics: he played all three matches as Great Britain won the gold medal in the football tournament.[1]

After his second spell at Glossop, Hoare went on to play for Queens Park and Fulham, finally retiring in 1920.[2] He died in 1973, aged 89.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Olympic Sports: Gordon Hoare". Sports Reference. Retrieved 5 November 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 126. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  3. ^ a b Harris, Jeff (1995). Hogg, Tony, ed. Arsenal Who's Who. London: Independent UK Sports. p. 28. ISBN 978-1-899429-03-5. 
  4. ^ McColl, Brian; Gorman, Douglas; Campbell, George (2017). Forgotten Glories: British Amateur International Football 1901–1974 (PDF). Scottish Football Historical Archive. p. 303. ISBN 978-1-326-35601-9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 July 2017.