The coronation of King George VI

wed 17 may at 07:00
Par 
Allan Chaussard
Photos © 
Fatima Larbaoui / OM.net et Archives 2017
1929 amateur French Championship, in this year OM celebrated its 80th year since its first French professional championship. Throughout the week, OM.net celebrates this anniversary by reminiscing on the past. Today, we return to the day the Olympians announced champions, while "Le Petit Provençal" reported on the British sovereigns' coronation.

Few are still here today who witnessed the 1937 Olympique de Marseille (OM). Elizabeth II might have, but it is not certain that the news reached her ears on the 12th May, 1937. On that day, the now Queen of England was 11 years old and was attending the coronation of her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons at Westminster Abbey in London, in front of three million guest.
The next day, Thursday, 13th May, international press were buzzing with reports of the coronation (below is one from the 'Petit Provençal'). Neither the OM, nor the "fixture", thanks to a draw between Sochaux and Cannes (1-1), made the headlines. Le Petit Provençal reported it without dwelling on it in its sports pages ( picture opposite ). L'Auto, the national sports daily of reference at the time, was more demonstrative, including an unambiguous headline: "Football has found its champion"( picture below ).
Although, mathematically Sochaux could return to the heights of the OM, the goal-average ( and not the difference in goals, we will come back to that tomorrow ) is so clearly advantageous to the Vasconcellos team, that it seems impossible for the Doubistes to obtain the title.
But since the great disappointment in 1934, when the press reported the OM before the end of the championship, while there was still hope for Sète to be the final champions, the Marseillais prefer to remain cautious up to the end. This certainly explains the Petit Provençal's low profile, with the British sovereigns' coronation on the same day, they had a ready made alibi for avoiding any big talk.

Also read


1932-36, early stages before the final

Upcoming


Thursday: goal average headlines
Friday: 1937 Marseille championship
Saturday: a cosmopolitan team

Titre 1937

News The club

sat 25 nov

Teaser no. 2 | "Marseille, A Football City": a unique documentary about a unique club

OM and Dugout will see you on 26 November at 8pm for an extraordinary documentary.
fri 24 nov

"Marseille, a football city": a unique documentary about a unique city.

Olympique Marseille and Dugout invite you to join them on Sunday 26 November from 8 p.m. for a truly exceptional documentary.
mon 13 nov

All united for Mélissa and OM Star Club

5-5, the final score between OM Star Club and friends of the "Tous unis pour Mélissa" association. This charity event took place on Sunday at La Cadière d'Azur with the wind howling, goals flying and lots of fun had by all.
sun 26 nov

"Marseille: a football city", a must watch

OM and Dugout have put together an exceptional documentary with contributions from well-known figures to explain the passion surrounding OM and football in general in Marseille.
tue 28 nov

#OMInnovationCup: the 11 selected start-ups!

As part of #OMFondation, last year on the 29th of September Olympique de Marseille launched its first start-up challenge #OMInnovationCup.
fri 08 dec

On This Day | Drogba Returns to Marseille

On this day in 2010, Didier Drogba returned to his cathedral. A mutual love between fans and player. A brief stay, a large impact.
thu 07 dec

«Marseille, a football city» is now available on OM.net

A special documentary with Dugout. Delve into this football-mad city with OM at its heart. Discover Marseille like never before. A unique place in world football.