American Leagues in Europe, Europe, World

United States Armed Forces in Europe | United Kingdom Sports Conference 1951-1993

Champions 1951-1993

Year UKSC Champions
1951 Burtonwood Bullets
1952 Burtonwood Bullets
1953 London Rockets
1954 London Rockets
1955 London Rockets
1956 London Rockets
1957 Burtonwood Bullets
1958 Alconbury Spartans
1959 Chicksands Fighting Chicks
1961 Alconbury Spartans
1962 Chicksands Fighting Chicks
1963 Wethersfield Raiders
1964 Chicksands fighting Chicks
1965 Wethersfield Raiders
1966 Wethersfield Raiders
1967 Bentwaters Phantoms
1968 Bentwaters Phantoms
1969 Bentwaters Phantoms
1970 Upper Heyford Sky Kings
1971 Upper Heyford Sky Kings
1972 Upper Heyford Sky Kings
1973 Upper Heyford Sky Kings
1974 Upper Heyford Sky Kings
1975 Bentwaters Phantoms
1976 Bentwaters Phantoms
1977 Chicksands Fighting Chicks
1978 Chicksands Fighting Chicks
1979 Lakenheath Eagles
1980 Lakenheath Eagles
1981 Upper Heyford Sky Kings
1982 Upper Heyford Sky Kings
1983 Upper Heyford Sky Kings
1984 Bentwaters Phantoms
1985 Upper Heyford Sky Kings
1986 Chicksands Fighting Chicks
1987 Lakenheath Eagles
1988 Lakenheath Eagles
1989 Lakenheath Eagles
1990 Lakenheath Eagles
1991 Lakenheath Eagles
1992 Lakenheath Eagles
1993 Lakenheath Eagles

Reference: [11]


The United States Armed Forces in Europe played an American Football League from 1946-1993, with personnel staioned in Nuclear Air Force Bases in the United Kingdom, Germany & Mediterranean. There were three conferences: United Kingdom Sports Conference, Continental Sports Conference & Mediterranean Sports Conference. Although the MSC was a competitive Conference the USAFE Championship game was on all but three occasions between the winners of the UKSC & CSC.[11]

UKSC teams were: Alconbury Spartans, Bentwaters Phantoms, Burtonwood Bullets, Chicksands Fighting Chicks, Fairford Falcons, Greenham Common Crusaders (Pirates until 1988), High Wycombe Bucks, London Rockets, Mildenhall Marauders, Upper Heyford Sky Kings, Wethersfield Raiders.

Burtonwood Bullets, Wethersfield Raiders & Alconbury Spartans played matches in Ravenhill, Belfast & Croke Park, Dublin in aid of the Irish Red Cross in the 1950s & 1960s. Lakenheath Eagles played a game against Dublin Celts in the 1980s. [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]






[1] Irish American Football Association (2016) Journey to Thirty [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 08 August 2016]

[2] Irish American Football Association (2016) History of US Teams playing in Ireland [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 22 November 2016]

[3] Irish American Football Association (2016) History [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 26 October 2016]

[4] Lucky Show (2016) American Football in Ireland [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 5 June 2017]

[5] Dublin Town – Article by Gerry Farrell (2016) College Football Classic Ireland’s Relationship with American Football [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 7 May 2018]




[6] Lensmen Photographic Archive (2012) . “The 1950s Ireland in Pictures”. pg. 36. The O’Brien Press Ltd. Dublin, Ireland.

[7] Anon. (1942) . “Photo caption: American Football att Ravenhill”. Belfast News-Letter. 16 November 1942. pg. 6.

[8] Anon. (1954) . “Photo caption”. Northern Whig. 18 November 1954. pg. 6.

[9] Anon. (1966) . “Rams bring 45 ‘Rough Scrappers”. Belfast Telegraph. 1 September 1966. pg. 18.

[10] Magee, Damian. “English Beer and American Football: Exporting American Football as a Cultural Commodity to the British Isles.” Irish Journal of American Studies, vol. 7, 1998, pp. 121–148. JSTOR, JSTOR,

[11] Britball Now (2016) US Miltary Football in the UK [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 22 March 2018]




Thanks to Tim Leadingham & Liam Mulcahy.


About this document


Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

World Gridiron Archive

Last Updated: 5 March 2019

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and World Gridiron Archive 2019

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

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