Europe, Ireland, Irish American Football League, World

Irish American Football League 1986-1988

 

IAFL 1986

 

 

Home Team   Away Team  
Shamrock Bowl I      
Craigavon Cowboys 6 Dublin Celts 0

[3]

 

IAFL 1987

 

  P W L T PF PA Pct
Tara Conference              
*Dublin Celts 10 10 0 0     1.000
*Craigavon Cowboys 10 8 2 0     .800
*Belfast Giants 10 7 3 0     .700
Belfast Spartans 10 4 6 0     .450
Bangor Buccaneers 10 3 7 0     .300
Jordanstown Jaguars 10 0 10 0     .000
Mourne Conference              
*Belfast Blitzers 10 9 1 0     .900
Carrickfergus Cougars 10 5 5 0     .500
Dublin Tornadoes 10 5 5 0     .500
Coleraine Chieftans 10 2 8 0     .200
East Side Jets 10 2 8 0     .200

[3]

 

Home Team   Away Team  
Semi-Finals   12 September 1987  
Belfast Blitzers 20 Craigavon Cowboys 28
Dublin Celts 43 Belfast Giants 0
Shamrock Bowl II   27 September 1987  
Craigavon Cowboys 26 Dublin Celts 39

[3]

 

IAFL 1988

 

  P W L T PF PA Pct
National Conference              
*Belfast Blitzers 6 5 1 0 136 51 .833
*Dublin Celts 5 4 1 0 118 33 .800
*Craigavon Cowboys 6 3 3 0 80 74 .500
Dublin Tornadoes 6 1 5 0 58 123 .167
Irish Conference              
*Labatt Belfast Spartans 5 3 1 1 80 99 .700
Carrickfergus Cougars 4 1 3 0 67 58 .250
Coleraine Chieftans 4 0 3 1 39 140 .125

[1][4][Adjusted]

 

Home Team   Away Team  
Semi-Finals   14 August 1988  
Belfast Blitzers 26 Craigavon Cowboys 12
Dublin Celts 45 Labatt Belfast Spartans 6
Shamrock Bowl III   21 August 1988  
Belfast Blitzers 6 Dublin Celts 34

[5][6]

Report

_________________________________________________________

 

The First Irish American Football Team was the Dublin Celts, formed in 1985 in the Phoenix Park, after playing matches for the first season against English teams there were enough teams in Ireland in 1986 for an informal league at the end of which the top two were invited to play in Shamrock Bowl I, which the Craigavon Cowboys won 6-0 over the Celts.

The Following year, 1987, saw the first full season, 11 teams organised into two conferences, playing a 10 game season, with Semmi-Finals and the Shamrock Bowl. The Celts would go through the season undefeated, beating the Cowboys 39-26 in the Bowl. 1988 would see a drop in the number of teams to seven, and again the league would be divided into two conferences, with Semi-Finals and a Shamrock Bowl, which was won by the Celts again, 34-6 over the Belfast Blitzers.

In 1989 the teams would play in an Irish Conference in the Combined Gridiron League, which was a league set up to unite all the various competing leagues in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

References

 

Sources

[5] (1988) “Ireland” American Football News. 18 August 1988. pg.

[6] (1988) “Shamrock Bowl report” American Football News. 29 September 1988. pg. 22

 

 

Websites

 

[1] Britball Now (2016) Results Section [1986] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 23 March 2017]

[2] Britball Now (2016) Bangor Buccaneers [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/Britball%20Teams/BangorBuccaneers.htm [Accessed 23 March 2018]

[3] Britball Now (2016) Results Section [1987] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 23 March 2017]

[8] Irish American Football Association (2018) Shamrock Bowl History [Internet] Available from: hhttp://www.americanfootball.ie/american-football/shamrock-bowl-history/ [Accessed 23 March 2018]

 

Acknowledgements

 

Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith, Ralph Schmeer and Michael Brophy of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association.

 

About this document

 

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

World Gridiron Archive

Last Updated: 28 February 2019

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and World Gridiron 2018

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Resereved.

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