The Great Britain team that won gold at the Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games. Goalkeeper Harry Haslam can be seen on the far left of the image. Copyright: The Hockey Museum / Marlborough College

A golden centenary: 100 years since gold medal claimed at Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games

This Saturday (5 September 2020) marks exactly 100 years since the gold medal was claimed by Great Britain at the Olympic Games of Antwerp 1920, with the anniversary being marked by a very special event at The Hockey Museum in Woking, England.

Extensive research by a group of volunteers at The Hockey Museum over the last five years on Great Britain’s (GB) player history has produced a record of 366 men and 210 women who have represented GB since the first official international matches. The research concluded that the 1920 team was the first to represent Britain and Harry Haslam, as the goalkeeper, is designated as men’s player No. 1. In recognition of this, Haslam’s family will receive his GB cap at a special presentation ceremony at the Museum on the Centenary Day.

During the coming year, every player to have represented Great Britain over the past century will receive their cap, with the families collecting on behalf of those players no longer with us. It is planned that current GB central training squad members will receive theirs during Great Britain’s home FIH Hockey Pro League games next May.

At the Antwerp Games, where onlyfour nations competed, GB’s route to the gold medal took a late controversial final turn. After victories over Denmark (5-1) and Belgium (12-1) the gold medal was secured by a walkover against France.

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