The Day The Olympics came to Walthamstow

Whilst the football at the 2012 London Olympics will be taking place at top-end stadiums all around the UK (including Scotland and Wales), at the 1948 London games things were a little more localised. All but two of the games took place in what would today be considered London.

On Monday August 2nd (the actual kick-off time may be lost in the midsts of time –  FIFA say 18:30 and Wikipedia says 12:00), Turkey took on China in a first round match at Walthamstow Avenue’s Green Pond Road ground. Turkey ran out 4-0 winners thanks to goals from Kılıç (18′, 61′), Saygun (72′) and Küçükandonyadis (87′).

I’d imagine a pretty good crowd watched this game (23,485 watched South Korea beat Mexico 5-3 at Dulwich Hamlet’s Champion Hill ground on the same day), but I haven’t been able to find out the attendance.

Sweden went on to win the tournament, beating Yugoslavia 3-1 at The Empire Stadium, Wembley.

Below is a scan of the front cover of the Turkey v China programme, which recently sold on Ebay for £51.

China v Turkey 1948 Olympics programme

Turkey v China 1948 Olympics programme


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