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Dublin Celts | Irish American Football Team 1984-1993

Factfile

IAFL Senior Team 1984-1993

Home Ground: Phoenix Park, Dublin 2.

Colours: Green Jerseys, White Pants and White Helmet with Orange and Green Stripes.

Founded in 1984 in Phoenix Park, Dublin 2. Played in Inagural Shamrock Bowl in 1986, and were the most successful side in the early years of the IAFL, winning four Shamrock Bowl titles and representing Ireland in the Eurobowl competition for the Champions of Europe’s National Leagues. They played their last season in 1993, losing the Shamrock Bowl to rivals Dublin Tornadoes.

Home Venue Map

Links to Season-by-Season Rosters & Match Reports:

1985 1989 1992 1993

Year-by-Year Record

Year Regular Season Final Position Post-Season
P W L T P W L T
1986 1 0 1 0
1987 10 10 0 0 1st Tara 2 2 0 0
1988 5 4 1 0 2nd National 2 2 0 0
1989 8 8 0 0 1st CGL Duke 1 1 0 0
1990 4 0 4 0 4th NCMMA 1 1 0 0
1991 1 1 0 0
1992 6 3 3 0 2nd Tara 1 0 1 0
1993

Irish American Football League Record

1986 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
01.06.86 H Belfast Blitzers W 46-0
22.06.86 A Belfast Blitzers L 20-24
SB I N Craigavon Cowboys L 2-6

[1]

1987 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
1 27.04.87 A Belfast Spartans W 7-6
2 03.05.87 H Jordanstown Jaguars W 28-6
3 10.05.87 A Coleraine Chieftans W 48-9
4 17.05.87 H Belfast Giants W 13-0
6 31.05.87 A Carrickfergus Cougars p-p
9 21.06.87 A Bangor Buccaneers W 38-15
12 12.07.87 H Dublin Tornadoes W 40-0
13 19.07.87 A Belfast Spartans W 27-0
14 26.07.87 A Craigavon Cowboys W 24-14
16 16.08.87 H Belfast Blitzers W 26-14
17 23.08.87 H East Side Jets W 1-0 #
19 06.09.87 A Carrickfergus Cougars
SF 12.09.87 H Belfast Giants W 43-0
SB II 27.09.87 N Craigavon Cowboys W 43-25

[4]

1988 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
1 17.04.88 A Belfast Blitzers W 20-7
3 08.05.88 H Carrickfergus Cougars W 37-0
4 15.05.88 H Dublin Tornadoes W 14-6
7 19.06.88 A Belfast Blitzers L 19-20
?? ?? A Craigavon Cowboys W 28-0
SF 14.08.88 H Belfast Spartans W 48-6
SB III 21.08.88 N Belfast Blitzers W 34-6

[5]

1989 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
2 14.05.89 H Craigavon Cowboys W 38-0
3 20.05.89 A East Antrim Cougars W 51-0
4 28.05.89 A NI Giants W 43-19
5 04.06.89 H East Antrim Cougars W 1-0 #
6 11.06.89 H A26 Bulldogs W 14-6
9 02.07.89 H Dublin Tornadoes W 1-0 #
10 08.07.89 A Belfast Spartans W 48-12
?? ?? A Craigavon Cowboys W 46-3
SB IV 89 N A26 Bulldogs W 7-6

[7]

1990 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
SB V 90 N Craigavon Cowboys W 40-0

[2]

1991 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
H Antrim Bulldogs W
13.07.91 A Dublin Tornadoes W 44-12
08.91 A Dublin Tornadoes W 40-0
SB VI 91 N Antrim Bulldogs W 44-0

[8][9]

1992 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
1 A Antrim Bulldogs L 0-6
3 05.07.92 A Dublin Tornadoes L 0-22
5 19.07.92 A Belfast Spartans L 12-13
6 26.07.92 H Craigavon Cowboys W 18-16
8 19.08.92 A Drogheda Vikings W 19-0
9 26.08.92 H Lee Valley Steelers W 21-0
SF 13.09.92 A Craigavon Cowboys L

[10][11][12][13][14][15][16]

1993 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
4 12.06.93 A Dublin Tornadoes L 0-24
5 19.06.93 H Antrim Bulldogs W 3-0
22.08.93 A Dublin Tornadoes L 7-23
Craigavon Cowboys L 0-3
Craigavon Cowboys L 6-7

[17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26]

International Results

1990 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
1985 Exhibition
Bristol Bombers W 32-0
1986 Exhibition
Wirral Wolves W 14-0
Newcastle Senators W 16-14
1989 Exhibition
Bristol Packers L 0-7
1989 CGL Duke Premier
QF 89 H Manchester Heroes L 13-18
1990 NCMMA
Crawley Raiders L 0-20
Granite City Oilers p-p
Stoke Spitfires L 8-26
Manchester Heroes p-p
Walsall Titans L 6-52
Walsall Titans L 21-26

[27][28][29][30]

EFAF Eurobowl 1988-1992

Date Round Irish Team European Team
Eurobowl II
1988 Qual Dublin Celts 12 Graz Giants (Aut) 36
Eurobowl III
1989 Rd 1 Dublin Celts 3 Birmingham Bulls (Eng) 29
Eurobowl IV
1990 Prelim Dublin Celts 30 Barcelona Boxers (Esp) 0
1990 Rd 1 Dublin Celts 12 Manchester Spartans (Eng) 28
Eurobowl VI
1992 Rd 1 Dublin Celts 0 Birmingham Bulls (Eng) 20

[31]

Versus American Teams 1987

Date Irish Team EFL Team
19.04.1987 Dublin Celts 0 New England Raiders (MA) 51
15.11.1987 Dublin Celts 0 Charlestown Townies (MA) 36

[32][33]

Other Matches

Date Winners Runners-Up
Summer Bowl
1986 Dublin Celts
1987 Dublin Celts 26 Craigavon Cowboys 0

[34][35]

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

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

[5] Britball Now (2016) Results Section [1988] [Other Kitted] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 27 February 2017]

[6] 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]

[7]Britball Now (2016) Results Section [1989] [CGL] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 27 February 2017]

[27] Britball Now (2009) British and Irish Friendly results against foreign opposition [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/UKClubsForeignOppo.html [Accessed 16 November 2017]

[28] Britball Now (2009) Results in Euro Competition [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-in-euro-competition.html [Accessed 1 November 2016]

[29] Irish American Football Association (2002) OTHER EVENTS: [Internet] Available from: http://americanfootball.ie/iafl/otherevents02.htm [Accessed 20 March 2018]

[30]Britball Now (2016) Results Section [1989 CGL] [1990 NCMMA] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 27 February 2017]

[31] Britball Now (2009) Results in Euro Competition [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-in-euro-competition.html [Accessed 1 November 2016]

[32] Britball Now (2016) History of the Game in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/ireland/history-of-the-game-in.html [Accessed 02 October 2016]

[33] Britball Now (2008) UK Clubs Against Foreign Opposition [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/UKClubsForeignOppo.html [Accessed 16 November 2008]

Sources

[8] Naughton, L. (1991) “Minority Report: CELTS STAY UNBEATEN”, Evening Herald. Thursday, July 25, 1991, pg. 55.

[9] Naughton, L. (1991) “Minority Report: CELTS TOP LEAGUE”, Evening Herald. Thursday, August 22, 1991, pg. 53.

[10] Anon. (1992) “IRISH CHAMPION CELTS STUNG BY BULLDOG SPIRIT”, First Down. July 11, 1992, pg. 17.

[11] Anon. (1992) “Sad Celts are Torn to shreds”, First Down. July 18, 1992, pg. 16.

[12] Naughton, L. (1992) “Minority Reports: Celts blown away”, Evening Herald. Thursday, July 9, 1992, pg. 66

[13] Anon. (1992) “Dublin Celts still winless”, First Down. July 25, 1992, pg. 19.

[14] FD Reporter. (1992) “At last! It’s the Dub-win Celts!”, First Down. August 15, 1992, pg. 17.

[15] Naughton, L. (1992) “Minority Reports: Vikings ready to invade Tallaght”, Evening Herald. Thursday, August 13, 1992, pg. 66

[16] Naughton, L. (1992) “Minority Reports: U.S. Football”, Evening Herald. Thursday, September 3, 1992, pg. 94

[17] (1993) Dublin Celts Team Roster 1993. Shamrock Bowl Programme. 26 September.

[18] (1993) Tornadoes Bowl Glory.First Down. 9 October, p. 20.

[19] (1993) Storm Dave Talks Back. First Down. 15 May, p. 18.

[20] (1993) Coast Guard at Sea. First Down. 12 June, p. 17.

[21] (1993) Irish Zeros. First Down. 19 June, p. 21.

[22] Naughton, L. (1993) US Football. Evening Herald. 3 June, p. 61.

[23] Naughton, L. (1993) US Football. Evening Herald. 8 July, p. 65.

[24] Naughton, L. (1993) US Football. Evening Herald. 22 July, p. Sport 1.

[25] (1993) American Football comes to Westport next Sunday. Connaught Telegraph. 30 June, p. 23.

[26] (1993) American Football – A first for Mayo. Mayo News. 30 June, p. 40

Internet Archive

[34] Irish American Football Association – Wayback Machine Web Archive (2016) A brief History of American football in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20071118171931/http://americanfootball.ie/history.htm [Accessed 6 July 2017]

Social Media

[35] Dublin Celts American Football Team Facebook Page (2016) Post by Kevin Klatt August 23, 2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/groups/259540917772370/permalink/266542287072233 [Accessed 1 June 2018]

Images

[36] Dublin Celts American Football Team Facebook Page (2016) Photo by Joseph Greene August 28, 2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1421158977901127&set=gm.269427200117075&type=3&theater&ifg=1 [Accessed 3 July 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. Thanks also to Richard Mulcahy

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 26 December 2018

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and INAWSA 2018

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

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