Lacrosse at the 1908 Summer Olympics

Men's lacrosse
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
1908 Olympics Lacrosse 1.jpg
Patrick Brennan goes for a ground ball.
VenueWhite City Stadium
DateOctober 24
Competitors33 from 2 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Canada
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Great Britain
← 1904
1928 (demonstration) →

A field lacrosse game was played between Canada and Great Britain at the 1908 Summer Olympics. The game was tied 9-9 in the fourth period, before Canada scored 5 straight goals to pull ahead. Canada won 14-10 to earn their second of two gold medals, the only lacrosse gold medals given out in the Olympic Games.[1][2]


The game marked the second appearance of lacrosse at the Olympics, the first being at the 1904 Summer Olympics. Only two teams competed — one fewer than in 1904. South Africa was slated to send a team but then withdrew prior to the tournament.[1]

Both teams held try-outs to select the players to represent their country. The Official Report notes that it was the "first time in the history of Canadian lacrosse a team had been selected from all parts of the Dominion," with players from clubs "as far apart as New Westminster and Montreal."[3] The report also credits the British team as "by far the strongest ever put into the field" by England, though admits the sport was "not yet as well-known as it ought to be on this side of the Atlantic."[3]

Medal table

Position Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Canada 1 0 0 1
2  Great Britain 0 1 0 1


Gold Silver Bronze
 Canada (CAN)
Frank Dixon
George Campbell
Gus Dillon
Richard Louis Duckett
George Rennie
Clarence McKerrow
Alexander Turnbull
Henry Hoobin
Ernest Hamilton
John Broderick
Tommy Gorman
Patrick Brennan (Capt.)
Dan McLeod
Andy Mara
Charlie Fyon
 Great Britain (GBR)
George Alexander
George Buckland
Eric Dutton
Sydney Hayes
Wilfrid Johnson
Edward Jones
Reginald Martin
Gerald Mason
Johnson Parker-Smith
Hubert Ramsey (Capt.)
Charles Scott
Norman Whitley
C. J. Mason
F. S. Johnson
V. G. Gilbey
H. Shorrocks
James Caldwell Alexander
L. Blockey
None awarded



The Canadian team cheering after their win.
October 24 Great Britain 10 - 14 Canada White City
(1 - 5)
(2 - 6)
(7 - 9)
Scoring summary
  • FIRST QUARTER (5-1): Canada: Brennan (2), Turnbull, unknown (2); England: Buckland
  • SECOND QUARTER: (6-2) Canada: unknown; England: Jones
  • THIRD QUARTER (9-7): Canada: Turnbull (2), unknown; England: Jones (2), Buckland (3)
  • FOURTH QUARTER (14-10): Canada: Brennan (3), Gorman (2); England: Jones, unknown (2)[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Mallon, Bill; Buchanan, Ian (2000). The 1908 Olympic Games: Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. McFarland & Co. pp. 197–199. ISBN 9780786440689.
  2. ^ a b "The Fourth Olympiad London 1908" (PDF). LA84 Foundation. pp. 205–208.
  3. ^ a b Official Report, p. 205.