Field hockey at the 1956 Summer Olympics


The men's field hockey tournament at the 1956 Summer Olympics was the eighth edition of the field hockey event for men at the Summer Olympics. It was contested from 23 November to 6 December, with twelve participating teams. Only men competed in field hockey at these Games.

Field hockey
at the Games of the XVI Olympiad
Venues
Dates23 November – 6 December 1956
Teams12
Medalists
 India
 Pakistan
 United Team of Germany
 1952
1960 

India won the gold medal for the sixth successive Games, not allowing a single goal against in the entire tournament. Pakistan won the silver medal, and Germany won the bronze.[1]

Medalists


Gold Silver Bronze
 India (IND)
Leslie Claudius
Ranganathan Francis
Haripal Kaushik
Amir Kumar
Raghbir Lal
Shankar Lakshman
O. P. Malhotra
Govind Perumal
Amit Singh Bakshi
Raghbir Singh Bhola
Balbir Singh Dosanjh
Hardyal Singh Garchey
Randhir Singh Gentle
Balkishan Singh Grewal
Gurdev Singh Kullar
Udham Singh Kullar
Bakshish Singh
Charles Stephen
 Pakistan (PAK)
Zakir Hussain
Munir Ahmed Dar
Ghulam Rasool
Anwar Ahmed Khan
Qazi Massarrat Hussain
Noor Alam
Abdul Hamid
Habibur Rehman
Ahmed Naseer Bunda
Motiullah
Latif-ur Rehman
Akhtar Hussain
Habib Ali Kiddie
Manzoor Hussain Atif
 United Team of Germany (EUA)
Günther Brennecke
Hugo Budinger
Werner Delmes
Hugo Dollheiser
Eberhard Ferstl
Alfred Lücker
Helmut Nonn
Wolfgang Nonn
Heinz Radzikowski
Werner Rosenbaum
Günther Ullerich

Participating nations


Twelve teams were seeded and placed into one of three preliminary groups of four teams each. With the unbalanced seeding, the top two teams in Group C advanced to the semi-finals, but only the top team in both Groups A and B advanced.

Squads


Preliminary round


Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  India 3 3 0 0 36 0 +36 6 Semi-finals
2  Singapore 3 2 0 1 11 7 +4 4
3  Afghanistan 3 1 0 2 5 20 15 2
4  United States 3 0 0 3 2 27 25 0
Source: Olympedia
26 November 1956
11:30
Singapore  6–1  United States
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
26 November 1956
14–0
India  14–0  Afghanistan
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

28 November 1956
11:30
Singapore  5–0  Afghanistan
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
28 November 1956
14:30
India  16–0  United States
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

30 November 1956
11:30
India  6–0  Singapore
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
30 November 1956
14:30
Afghanistan  5–1  United States
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Great Britain[lower-alpha 1] 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 4 Semi-finals
2  Australia[lower-alpha 1] (H) 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 4
3  Malaya 3 0 2 1 5 6 1 2
4  Kenya 3 0 2 1 2 4 2 2
Source: Olympedia
(H) Host
Notes:
  1. Australia and Great Britain finished on equal points at the conclusion of the pool stage, resulting in a match to determine second place in the pool, which Great Britain won 1–0.
23 November 1956
11:30
Malaya  2–2  Great Britain
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
23 November 1956
14:30
Australia  2–0  Kenya
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

24 November 1956
16:00
Great Britain  1–1  Kenya
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

26 November 1956
16:00
Australia  3–2  Malaya
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

28 November 1956
16:00
Malaya  1–1  Kenya
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

30 November 1956
16:00
Great Britain  2–1  Australia
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

Play-off

1 December 1956
14:00
Great Britain  1–0  Australia
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Pakistan 3 2 1 0 7 1 +6 5 Semi-finals
2  United Team of Germany 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 4
3  New Zealand 3 1 0 2 8 10 2 2
4  Belgium 3 0 1 2 0 5 5 1
Source: Olympedia
23 November 1956
14:00
Pakistan  2–0  Belgium
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

24 November 1956
14:30
United Team of Germany  5–4  New Zealand
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

27 November 1956
14:30
Pakistan  5–1  New Zealand
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
27 November 1956
16:00
United Team of Germany  0–0  Belgium
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

29 November 1956
14:30
Pakistan  0–0  United Team of Germany
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
29 November 1956
16:00
New Zealand  3–0  Belgium
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

Classification round


Ninth to twelfth place classification

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
9  Malaya 3 3 0 0 14 2 +12 6
10  Kenya 3 2 0 1 14 3 +11 4
11  Afghanistan[lower-alpha 1] 3 0 1 2 1 7 6 1
12  United States[lower-alpha 1] 3 0 1 2 1 18 17 1
Source: Sports Reference
Notes:
  1. Afghanistan finished above the United States after beating them in Group A.
3 December 1956
Malaya  8–0  Afghanistan
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
3 December 1956
Kenya  3–0  United States
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

4 December 1956
Malaya  3–0  United States
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
4 December 1956
Kenya  9–0  Afghanistan
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

6 December 1956
Malaya  3–2  Kenya
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
6 December 1956
United States  1–1  Afghanistan
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

Fifth to eighth place classification

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
5  Australia (H) 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6 5
6  New Zealand 3 2 0 1 16 3 +13 4
7  Belgium 3 1 1 1 9 5 +4 3
8  Singapore 3 0 0 3 0 23 23 0
Source: Sports Reference
(H) Host
3 December 1956
New Zealand  13–0  Singapore
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
3 December 1956
Belgium  2–2  Australia
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

4 December 1956
Belgium  5–0  Singapore
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
4 December 1956
Australia  1–0  New Zealand
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

6 December 1956
New Zealand  3–2  Belgium
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
6 December 1956
Australia  5–0  Singapore
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne

Medal round


Bracket

 
Semi-finalsGold medal match
 
      
 
3 December
 
 
 India1
 
6 December
 
 United Team of Germany0
 
 India1
 
3 December
 
 Pakistan0
 
 Pakistan3
 
 
 Great Britain2
 
Bronze medal match
 
 
6 December
 
 
 United Team of Germany3
 
 
 Great Britain 1

Semi-finals

3 December 1956
India  1–0  United Team of Germany
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

3 December 1956
Pakistan  3–2  Great Britain
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Bronze medal match

6 December 1956
United Team of Germany  3–1  Great Britain
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Gold medal match

6 December 1956
India  1–0  Pakistan
Gentle  38' Report
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires:
M. G. Cowlinshaw (GBR)
J. McDowell (AUS)

Final standings


  1.  India
  2.  Pakistan
  3.  United Team of Germany
  4.  Great Britain
  5.  Australia
  6.  New Zealand
  7.  Belgium
  8.  Singapore
  9.  Malaya
  10.  Kenya
  11.  Afghanistan
  12.  United States

References


  1. "Hockey at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 18 September 2019.