Football at the 1904 Summer Olympics

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Men's football
at the Games of the III Olympiad
Venue Francis Field
Dates November 16–23
Competitors 36 from 2 nations
1st Galt F.C.
2nd Christian Brothers College
 United States
3rd St. Rose Parish
 United States
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At the 1904 Summer Olympics, a football event was contested. Only three club teams competed. Medals were awarded at the time, at least to the Canadian team. The 1904 contest is considered to be an official contest by the IOC but not by FIFA.

The 1904 Games were spread over several months, linked to the St Louis World's Fair, and football was the last sport to be contested, in November. The tournament was played as a straight round robin, although the game between Christian Brothers College and St. Rose Parish was replayed twice due to two 0-0 draws.

Medal table

Canadian team Galt F.C. won the Gold Medal.
 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Canada (CAN) 1 0 0 1
2  United States (USA) 0 1 1 2

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 short 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.

Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's football Canada Galt F.C.
United States Christian Brothers College
United States
United States St. Rose Parish
United States


Men's football

Place Team Nation Record Goals
Wins Losses Percent For Against
1 Galt F.C. Canada Canada 2 0 1.000 11 0
2 Christian Brothers College United States United States 1 1 .500 2 7
3 St. Rose Parish United States United States 0 2 .000 0 6
November 16
Galt Football Club 7–0 Christian Brothers College
Gordon McDonald Goal 2'
Alexander Hall Goal 3'
Frederick Steep
Thomas Taylor
November 17
Galt Football Club 4–0 St. Rose Parish
Thomas Taylor Goal 2'
Albert Hendersen
William Twaits
November 20
St. Rose Parish 0–0 Christian Brothers College
November 21[1]
St. Rose Parish 0–0 Christian Brothers College
November 23
St. Rose Parish 0–2 Christian Brothers College
(scorers unknown)

Galt F.C. had little difficulty with either of the American squads, defeating them both without being scored upon. The American teams played two scoreless draws before Christian Brothers College finally won a match against St. Rose, 2-0.


Galt Football Club - Players Albert Ernest Linton George Ducker John B. Gourlay Albert Johnston Robert "Bobby" George Lane Thomas "Tom" Taylor Otto Christman Frederick William Steep William Twaits Albert Henderson Gordon McDonald John "Jack" Fraser Parnell Orde Gourlay Alexander Noble Hall

Team Manager: Louis Blake Duff


  1. That match was not part of the Olympic tournament; it only counted for the Christian League, to which both teams belonged, RSSSF

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