20 October 1908


The remaining First Round tie of the Olympic Games football tournament was played off on this day 100 years ago between the United Kingdom (represented by the England Amateur team) and Sweden. The match at White City Stadium was perhaps not quite as one-sided as the previous day’s fixture, but nevertheless resulted in a 12-1 win for the United Kingdom. The Sweden goalkeeper, Oscar Bengtsson, was the star of his team, the Daily Mail correspondent noting, “The winners’ total might very well have been twenty-five or thirty to one but for some really wonderful goalkeeping by O. Bengtsson.” Sweden actually hit the post early on when the match was scoreless, but trailed 7-0 at half time. Scorers for the United Kingdom were Purnell (4), Stapley (2), Woodward (2), Hawkes (2), Berry and Chapman. The visitors’ goal was scored by G Bergstroem.


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