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Offline Edwatch_Winston_Malone

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Craven Cottage and the 1948 Oympics
« on: July 08, 2011, 01:24:36 PM »
What was Craven cottage used for in the 1948 olympics?  I saw a poster advertising it but no detail. Some of you will have been around then, and are bound to know...
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Re: Craven Cottage and the 1948 oOympics
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2011, 02:16:47 PM »
According to Wikipedia it was used for 'football preliminaries', along with Highbury, Selhurst Park, White Hart Lane, Ilford (?), Griffin Park (sick), Dulwich (?), Green Pond Stadium - Walthamstow, Fratton Park and the Goldstone Ground in Brighton.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_Summer_Olympics

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Re: Craven Cottage and the 1948 oOympics
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2011, 02:31:39 PM »
According to Wikipedia it was used for 'football preliminaries', along with Highbury, Selhurst Park, White Hart Lane, Ilford (?), Griffin Park (sick), Dulwich (?), Green Pond Stadium - Walthamstow, Fratton Park and the Goldstone Ground in Brighton.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_Summer_Olympics

This is a question for the oldies and the historian-in-residence, Mr. LB. Not for the iyoung nternet savvy wikipedia user


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Re: Craven Cottage and the 1948 oOympics
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2011, 02:32:16 PM »
Compare EQ's 1948 list to the 2012 list for preliminary football matches.

In 1948, 10 grounds were used, 8 of which were in London (the host city).

Next year, 4 grounds are being used (from memory) of which 1 is in London (the host city again). I am still struggling to understand why the London olympics ('and Londoners are paying for it) feels it necessary to use St James' Park, Old Trafford and the Millenium Stadium to host matches. They are large stadia, sure, but tickets are unsold - in hindsight do we think that it would have been reasonable to use London club grounds instead?

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Re: Craven Cottage and the 1948 oOympics
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2011, 03:25:00 PM »
Compare EQ's 1948 list to the 2012 list for preliminary football matches.

In 1948, 10 grounds were used, 8 of which were in London (the host city).

Next year, 4 grounds are being used (from memory) of which 1 is in London (the host city again). I am still struggling to understand why the London olympics ('and Londoners are paying for it) feels it necessary to use St James' Park, Old Trafford and the Millenium Stadium to host matches. They are large stadia, sure, but tickets are unsold - in hindsight do we think that it would have been reasonable to use London club grounds instead?

and Coventry and Hampden Park.  I suppose it is to give all of the UK some of the Olympics as so much taxpayers money is being used

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Re: Craven Cottage and the 1948 oOympics
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2011, 04:04:15 PM »
Compare EQ's 1948 list to the 2012 list for preliminary football matches.

In 1948, 10 grounds were used, 8 of which were in London (the host city).

Next year, 4 grounds are being used (from memory) of which 1 is in London (the host city again). I am still struggling to understand why the London olympics ('and Londoners are paying for it) feels it necessary to use St James' Park, Old Trafford and the Millenium Stadium to host matches. They are large stadia, sure, but tickets are unsold - in hindsight do we think that it would have been reasonable to use London club grounds instead?

and Coventry and Hampden Park.  I suppose it is to give all of the UK some of the Olympics as so much taxpayers money is being used

True and I imagine it would also be to spread the transport and police burden.

The football at Wembley has nearly sold out. Had the Emirates, White Hart Lane, Scumford Bridge also reached capacity or even half capacity it would have been a huge amount of people moving roubnd London, in addition to the other events.

Secondly, I guess it's pandering to the notion of being a GB team so that the Scots and Welsh can get involved -not that they seem that keen.


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Re: Craven Cottage and the 1948 Oympics
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2011, 04:24:01 PM »
I think those scheduled to play at Coventry must have offended the Olympic authorities in some way...

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Re: Craven Cottage and the 1948 Oympics
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2011, 04:42:13 PM »
I'm hoping that Engl - sorry, GB United, get their qualifiers at Wembley. I know I'm not the only one on here with tickets to the double header, and I can cope with watching Iran vs New Zealand as long as I get something to cheer about in the second game.  :hook:

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Re: Craven Cottage and the 1948 Oympics
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2011, 07:47:19 PM »
I'm hoping that Engl - sorry, GB United, get their qualifiers at Wembley. I know I'm not the only one on here with tickets to the double header, and I can cope with watching Iran vs New Zealand as long as I get something to cheer about in the second game.  :hook:

+1 - looking forward t it


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