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Objects relating to Charles Eric Forsyth (1885-1951)

1903 - 1912

International and 1908 London Olympic caps, 1908 Olympic badge, oak leaf presented by the king to gold medal winners at 1908 Olympics – all for water polo. Also photograph of Forsyth wearing Olympic badge.

Belonged to Charles Eric Forsyth who was a resident of Salford at the time of the London 1908 Olympics (and for many years). One of three members of the Great Britain water polo team from Salford Swimming Club (based in Broughton) that won gold at the 1908 London Olympics.

Important Salford sportsman and Olympic gold medallist. Forsyth was one of the greatest players of his day, he also played for Hyde Seal Swimming Club and had a long association with Wigan Swimming Club, one of the strongest clubs in the country. In addition he was a successful race swimmer who held several national records and championships and won the 500 metre championship of the world in Paris in 1904. During his career which lasted from early 1900s to the 1920s he enjoyed national fame.

Forsyth scored a hat trick in Great Britain’s 9-2 win over Belgium in the 1908 Olympic water polo final.
The 1908 Olympics were held in London where the swimming pool was constructed in the middle of the running track at the White City Stadium.