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Olympic History For Selhurst Venue

3 August 2012

SE25 residents cheered the Olympic torch on its way down Whitehorse Lane towards the end of July just days before the country was gripped by London 2012. 

Back in 1948 when London hosted the event it was not the torch that lit up Selhurst but the venue played host to the tournament's football competition. 

Selhurst Park had the privilege of opening its doors to Olympic football 64 years ago when Great Britain again played the part of being host nation.

The 1948 Games were also known as the Austerity Games because of the economic climate after World War ll.

The programmes (pictured above) were published by the Organising Committee for the London Olympics.

The first match took place on Saturday 31 July between Denmark and Egypt with the Scandanavians securing a 3-1 victory in front of a crowd of 12,000 and the second saw eventual winners Sweden thrash Korea 12-0 in the second round of the competition.

Great Britain, managed by Sir Matt Busby, were denied a bronze medal after losing 5-3 to Denmark.

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