Europe, Ireland, Irish American Football League, World

Irish American Football League | Irish Conference & Irish League 1989-1990

 

Combined Gridiron League Irish Conference 1989

 

P W L T PF PA Pct
Duke Premier Division
*Dublin Celts 8 8 0 0 242 43 1.000
Belfast Spartans 8 4 4 0 113 202 .500
Craigavon Cowboys 8 3 5 0 127 160 .375
East Antrim Cougars 8 1 7 0 38 206 .125
Baron First Division
*A26 Bulldogs 8 7 1 0 88 28 .875
NI Giants 8 5 3 0 123 84 .625
Dublin Tornadoes 8 0 8 0 0 8 .000

[1]

 

Home Team Away Team
Shamrock Bowl IV
Dublin Celts 7 A26 Bulldogs 6

[2]

Irish League of American Football 1990

 

Home Team Away Team
Semi-Finals 22 July 1990
Belfast Spartans 6 A26 Bulldogs 0
Craigavon Cowboys 1 Carrickfergus Cougars 0#
Irish League Final 11 August 1990
Craigavon Cowboys 54 Belfast Spartans 3

Reference: [3][4]

 

Craigavon Cowboys met Dublin Celts in Title Game to Decide All-Ireland Champions

 

All-Ireland American Football 1990

 

Home Team Away Team
Shamrock Bowl V
Craigavon Cowboys 0 Dublin Celts 40

[5]

 

Report

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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. At the end of the season, as well as competing in the CGL playoffs, the two division winners, the Dublin Celts and new team, the A26 Bulldogs, met in Shamrock Bowl IV, which the Celts again won by the slimmest of margins, 7-6.
The 1990 season again saw an independent Irish League, however, the Celts would continue to play in England, in the NCMMA, the British 2nd Level, and would receive a bye into the Shamrock Bowl, defeating the Craigavon Cowboys 40-0. This ended the first era of American Football in Ireland as a new body, the American Football Association of Ireland would take over the running of the sport for the 1990s.

References

 

 

Websites

 

[1] Britball Now (2016) Historial League Tables [1989] [CGL] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/historical-league-tables-in/ [Accessed 27 February 2017]

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

[3] Lucky Show (2016) Irish American Football [Internet] Available from: http://www.luckyshow.org/football/Shamrock%20Bowl.htm [Accessed 5 June 2017]

Sources

[4] Anon. (1990) “American Football: Cowboys riding high..” Sunday Life August 5, 1990. pg. 43

 

Social Media

 

[5] Dublin Celts American Football Team Facebook Page (2016) Post by Kevin Sharkey, August 27, 2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/groups/259540917772370/permalink/268518076874654/ [Accessed 6 June 2018]

Acknowledgements

 

Thanks to Ronan O’Brien & Paul O’Reilly

 

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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