22 October 1908


The two semi-finals for the Olympic Games tournament took place on this day 100 years ago at the White City Stadium, London. The match between Denmark and France A, which kicked off at 1.00, was another one-sided affair with the Danes running up a 17-1 victory. The Daily Mail reporter was very critical of the French team: “From the kick-off to the call of time the Frenchmen were utterly and hopelessly outclassed and outplayed. Within five minutes of the start they were three goals down, the halves and backs apparently having no idea of how to cope with their opponents’ attacks. All they did was to get in each other’s way.”

The second match saw the United Kingdom defeat Holland 4-0 although the match was goalless until shortly before half time when a back heel by Stapley of Glossop found its way into the net. The same player added three more goals in the second period to set up a final tie between the United Kingdom and Denmark, by a considerable distance the best two teams in the tournament.


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