A blog post by Jurryt van de Vooren has sent me off on a journey of discovery.
Jurryt’s post shares a record of shots taken in the Western Europe v Central Europe football game played to celebrate Olympic Day in the Netherlands on 20 June 1937. He asks if this is the first example of a record of shots taken in association football.
He includes a picture of Beb Bakhuys scoring in the game.
There is a Revue der Sporten record of the game. It has this single picture:
The article includes a notation of the sequence of shots in the game. Jurryt shared this in his post.
Central Europe won the game 3v1.The score at half time was 1v0.
Beb Bakhuys scored West Europe’s goal in the 87th minute.
The timing of the goals allows for the following allocation of shots in the game.
- 0-17 minutes: 6 shots (4 Western Europe (WE), 2 Central Europe (CE)).
- 17-45 minutes: 17 shots (8 WE, 9 CE) 1 goal scored.
- 45-47 minutes: 1 shot (WE).
- 48-74 minutes: 14 shots (9 WE, 5 CE) 1 goal scored.
- 75-86 minutes: 7 shots (5 WE, 2 CE) 1 goal scored.
- 87-90 minutes: 2 shots (1 WE, 1 CE) 1 goal scored.
The game was refereed by Arthur James Jewell … the only Great Britain involvement in a mainland Europe event.(Arthur refereed at the 1936 Olympic Games and was the referee for the 1938 FA Cup Final.)
The crowd was estimated to be 50,000.
The teams were:
Hans Jakob (Germany); Bob Paverick (Belgium) [replaced after 65 minutes by Constant Joacim (Belgium)]; Bertus Caldenhove (Netherlands); Albin Kitzinger (Germany); Ludwig Goldbrunner (Germany); Edmond Delfour (France); Ernst Lehner (Germany); Raymond Braine (Belgium); Bep Bakhuys (Netherlands); Kick Smit (Netherlands); Stan Vanden Eynde (Belgium).
Aldo Olivieri (Italy); Willibald Schmaus (Austria) [replaced after 36 minutes by Pietro Rava (Italy)]; Karl Sesta (Austria); Gyula Lázár (Hungary); Michele Andreolo (Italy); Pietro Serantoni (Italy); Oldřich Nejedlý (Czechoslovakia); György Sárosi (Hungary); Silvio Piola (Italy); Giuseppe Meazza (Italy); Ferenc Sas (Hungary).
A medal from the game appeared for sale on eBay in December 2016.
I hope this is the start of a detailed account of the game and the participants in it for both teams.
Beb Bakhuys goal (Jurryt van de Vooren)
Netherlands players (Revue der Sporten)
Wie scoten en hoe? (Revue der Sporten)
1937 Medal (eBay)
Darren O”Shaughnessy’s tweet