Field hockey
at the Games of the XVI Olympiad
Medal winners
Venues
Dates23 November – 6 December 1956
Teams12
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s)  India
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Pakistan
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  United Team of Germany
← 1952
1960 →

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.

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

Main article: Field hockey at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's team squads

Results

Preliminary round

Pool A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  India 3 3 0 0 36 0 +36 6 Advanced to 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: LA84 Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points.
26 November 1956
11:30
Singapore  6–1  United States
Report
Umpires:
L. La Mothe (AUS)
R. Moyse (AUS)
26 November 1956
14:30
India  14–0  Afghanistan
Report
Umpires:
A. Atkins (AUS)
Richard Hansen (AUS)

28 November 1956
11:30
Afghanistan  0–5  Singapore
Report
Umpires:
N. Symons (AUS)
K. Wilson (AUS)
28 November 1956
14:30
India  16–0  United States
Report
Umpires:
Mahan Singh (KEN)
W. Scott (NZL)

30 November 1956
11:30
Singapore  0–6  India
Report
Umpires:
L. La Mothe (AUS)
V. Duray (MAL)
30 November 1956
14:30
Afghanistan  5–1  United States
Report
Umpires:
Alan Cowan (AUS)
R. Moyse (AUS)

Pool B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Great Britain 4 2 2 0 6 4 +2 6 Advanced to Semi-finals
2  Australia (H) 4 2 0 2 6 5 +1 4
3  Malaya 3 0 2 1 5 6 −1 2
4  Kenya 3 0 2 1 2 4 −2 2
Source: LA84 Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points.
(H) Host
23 November 1956
11:30
Great Britain  2–2  Malaya
Thomas Goal 55'
Conroy Goal 61'
Report Lawrence Goal 15'
Aman Goal 66'
Umpires:
W. Scott (NZL)
Gian Singh (IND)
23 November 1956
14:30
Australia  2–0  Kenya
Dick Goal 5'
E. Pearce Goal 64'
Report
Umpires:
Ernst-Ludwig Nack (GER)
K. Hamilton (NZL)

24 November 1956
16:00
Great Britain  1–1  Kenya
Conroy Goal 5' Report Plenderleith Goal 34'
Umpires:
K. Hamilton (NZL)
Harbail Singh (IND)

26 November 1956
16:00
Malaya  2–3  Australia
Aman Goal 32'63' Report Spackman Goal 12'
E. Pearce Goal 18'51'
Umpires:
Birendra Ghosh (IND)
Gian Singh (IND)

28 November 1956
16:00
Malaya  1–1  Kenya
Chua Goal 50' Report Plenderleith Goal 11'
Umpires:
Fritz Staake (GER)
Ernst-Ludwig Nack (GER)

29 November 1956
16:00
Australia  1–2  Great Britain
E. Pearce Goal 60' Report Forster Goal 18'50'
Umpires:
Gian Singh (IND)
Birendra Ghosh (IND)
Play–off match
1 December 1956
14:00
Australia  0–1  Great Britain
Report Conroy Goal 55'
Umpires:
Gian Singh (IND)
Birendra Ghosh (IND)

Pool C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Pakistan 3 2 1 0 7 1 +6 5 Advanced to 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: LA84 Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points.
23 November 1956
14:00
Pakistan  2–0  Belgium
Hamid Goal 14'
Bunda Goal 58'
Report
Umpires:
Mark Cowlishaw (GBR)
James McDowell (AUS)

23 November 1956
14:30
United Team of Germany  5–4  New Zealand
Dollheiser Goal 29'70'
Rosenbaum Goal 33'
Nonn Goal 34'
Budinger Goal 46'
Report Armstrong Goal 15'21'
Johansson Goal 27'64'
Umpires:
Gian Singh (IND)
Birendra Ghosh (IND)

27 November 1956
14:30
Pakistan  5–1  New Zealand
Hamid Goal 2'9'
Rehman Goal 38'
Bunda Goal 41'
Motiullah Goal 56'
Report Johansson Goal 59'
Umpires:
James McDowell (AUS)
Alan Cowell (AUS)
27 November 1956
16:00
Belgium  0–0  United Team of Germany
Report
Umpires:
A. Atkins (AUS)
Richard Hansen (AUS)

29 November 1956
14:30
United Team of Germany  0–0  Pakistan
Report
Umpires:
James McDowell (AUS)
A. Atkins (AUS)
29 November 1956
16:00
Belgium  0–3  New Zealand
Report McGregor Goal 22'
Remaining scorers unknown.
Umpires:
Birendra Ghosh (IND)
Gian Singh (IND)

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[a] 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6 1
12  United States[a] 3 0 1 2 1 18 −17 1
Source: Sports Reference
Notes:
  1. ^ a b 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 Goal 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.