Final League Table
|Duke Premier Division|
|East Antrim Cougars||8||1||7||0||38||206||.125|
|Baron First Division|
|Date||Home Team||Away Team|
|04.09.1989||A26 Bulldogs||7||Belfast Spartans||0|
|28.10.1989||Dublin Celts||19||NI Giants||6|
|Shamrock Bowl IV|
|05.11.1989||Dublin Celts||7||A26 Bulldogs||6|
Regular Season Results
|Date||Home Team||Away Team|
|07.05.89||Belfast Spartans||0||A26 Bulldogs||40|
|07.05.89||Dublin Tornadoes||0 #||NI Giants||1|
|13.05.89||East Antrim Cougars||14||Belfast Spartans||36|
|14.05 89||Dublin Celts||38||Craigavon Cowboys||0|
|14.05.89||A26 Bulldogs||6||NI Giants||0|
|20.05.89||East Antrim Cougars||0||Dublin Celts||51|
|20.05.89||Craigavon Cowboys||13||NI Giants||19|
|21.05.89||Dublin Tornadoes||0 #||A26 Bulldogs||1|
|28.05.89||NI Giants||19||Dublin Celts||43|
|28.05.89||A26 Bulldogs||1||East Antrim Cougars||0 #|
|03.06.89||Belfast Spartans||26||Craigavon Cowboys||21|
|04.06.89||Dublin Celts||1||East Antrim Cougars||0 #|
|04.06.89||A26 Bulldogs||1||Dublin Tornadoes||0 #|
|11.06.89||Dublin Celts||14||A26 Bulldogs||9|
|11.06.89||NI Giants||1||Dublin Tornadoes||0 #|
|17.06.89||East Antrim Cougars||6||NI Giants||46|
|18.06.89||A26 Bulldogs||17||Craigavon Cowboys||7|
|24.06.89||Belfast Spartans||35||East Antrim Cougars||3|
|25.06.89||Craigavon Cowboys||1||Dublin Tornadoes||0 #|
|02.07.89||Dublin Celts||1||Dublin Tornadoes||0 #|
|02.07.89||Craigavon Cowboys||36||East Antrim Cougars||14|
|02.07.89||NI Giants||30||Belfast Spartans||3|
|08.07.89||Belfast Spartans||12||Dublin Celts||48|
|09.07.89||NI Giants||7||A26 Bulldogs||13|
|09.07.89||Dublin Tornadoes||0 #||Belfast Spartans||1|
|??||Dublin Tornadoes||0 #||East Antrim Cougars||1|
|28.05. ??||Belfast Spartans||0||Craigavon Cowboys||46|
|??||Craigavon Cowboys||3||Dublin Celts||46|
Shamrock Bowl IV Box-Score and Match Report
5 November 1991 – Musgrave Park, Belfast – A26 Bulldogs 6 Dublin Celts 7
The Dublin Celts survived a scare from the A26 Bulldogs, as a combination of wind, and poor snaps and kicking left the Antrim team a point adrift of the Celtsat the end of Shamrock Bowl IV, played in Musgrave Park, Belfast. The A26 Bulldogs took a 6-0 lead after Dave Elliott and William ‘Demo’ Beattie ran the ball down field. However, the Point After Touchdown was missed, which they were to rue at the end of the day. The Celts struck back through Quarterback John Donnelly connecting with a number of Wide Receivers, to leave them 7-6 ahead at the interval.
In the second half the ball changed hands regularly, and with 40 seconds to go, the Bulldogs defense, strong on the day, gave the offence which was out of sorts possession within field goal range, but the kick went wide, sending the Bowl back to Dublin.
|At Musgrave Park, Belfast||Q1||Q2||Q3||Q4||Total|
|A26||TD Run (XP Kick missed)||6-0|
|DUB||TD Pass from John Donnelly (XP Kick Good)||6-7|
The Dublin Celts won their third Shamrock Bowl in a row, defeating the Antrim A26 Bulldogs 7-6.
Both had convincingly won their respective divisions, with the Celts winning all eight matches and the Bulldogs only losing to the Celts. The Celts had won their playoff game with the Giants 19-6, despite reports of the Giants team being stocked with players from the other Northern Ireland teams [Reference: 3]
In the Playoffs, the A26 Bulldogs beat the Belfast Spartans 7-0 and the Celts had defeated the NI Giants 19-6.
Dublin Tornadoes forfeited all their matches, and the NI Giants, Belfast Spartans and Craigavon Cowboys finished mid-table, with wins over the East Antrim Cougars.
For the 1989 season (the fourth season of the IAFL) the Irish American Football League elected to play in the Combined Gridiron League, which was an attempt to unite the various Independent Leagues of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. Teams were placed in an Irish conference in the Duke Premier Division (CGL 2nd Level – 3rd in the Atlantic Isles) and the Baron First Division (CGL 3rd Level – 4th in the Atlantic Isles).
There were Playoffs in each Division, with the two Irish conference winners also playing off in the Shamrock Bowl for the Irish title. Teams played a balanced schedule of two games against each division opponent and once against teams from the other division.
New Teams: Antrim A26 Bulldogs. Belfast Giants returned after a hiatus of one season as the NI Giants.
Non-Returning Teams: Coleraine Chieftains (sat out year – returned in 1990), Belfast Blitzers.
Name Changes: Carrickfergus Cougars moved to Newtownabbey, becoming the East Antrim Cougars.
|A26 Bulldogs||Allen Park, Antrim|
|Belfast Spartans||Musgrave Park, Belfast|
|Dublin Celts||Old Belvedere RFC, Dublin / O’Rahilly Sports Stadium|
|Dublin Tornadoes||Tymon Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24|
|East Antrim Cougars||Valley Leisure Centre, Newtownabbey|
|NI Giants||Ormeau Park, Belfast|
 Anon. (1989) “Tornadoes Dublin” Public Service News. Summer 1989. Pg 14
 Anon. (1989) “Tymon Park Touchdown” Evening Herald. 1989
 Anon. (1989) “Giants make Celts cross” Evening Herald. Wednesday, November 1, 1989. [Pg. 56 Irish Newspaper Archive: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ [Accessed 29 January 2020]
 Anon. (1986) “Weekend Sport: American Football” Belfast Telegraph. Monday, September 4, 1991. pg. 23 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.
 Anon. (1986) “Bulldog Blues” Belfast Telegraph. Monday, November 6, 1991. pg. 16 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.
 Britball Now (2016) Historial League Tables  [CGL] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/historical-league-tables-in/ [Accessed 27 February 2017]
Britball Now (2016) Results Section  [CGL] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 27 February 2017]
 Irish American Football Association (2018) Shamrock Bowl History [Internet] Available from: hhttp://www.americanfootball.ie/american-football/shamrock-bowl-history/ [Accessed 23 March 2018]
Thanks to John Malone, Tony Meenaghan, Declan Mulvey and John O’Reilly.
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