|*Labatt Belfast Spartans||5||3||1||1||80||99||.700|
Note: * Qualify for Playoffs. Belfast Giants pulled out of the league before the season started in a row over scheduling, no results recorded.
|Date||Home Team||Away Team|
|14.08.1988||Belfast Blitzers||26||Craigavon Cowboys||12|
|14.08.1988||Dublin Celts||45||Labatt Belfast Spartans||6|
|Shamrock Bowl III|
|21.08.1988||Belfast Blitzers||6||Dublin Celts||34|
Regular Season Results
|Date||Home Team||Away Team|
|17.04.88||Coleraine Chieftains||0||Dublin Tornadoes||46|
|17.04.88||Labatt Belfast Spartans||7||Carrickfergus Cougars||6|
|17.04.88||Belfast Blitzers||7||Dublin Celts||20|
|01.05.88||Craigavon Cowboys||32||Dublin Tornadoes||0|
|01.05.88||Coleraine Chieftains||7||Labatt Belfast Spartans||14|
|08.05.88||Belfast Blitzers||14||Craigavon Cowboys||3|
|08.05.88||Carrickfergus Cougars||0||Dublin Celts||37|
|15.05.88||Dublin Celts||14||Dublin Tornadoes||6|
|29.05.88||Dublin Tornadoes||6||Belfast Blitzers||36|
|29.05.88||Labatt Belfast Spartans||14||Carrickfergus Cougars||13|
|12.06.88||Belfast Blitzers||40||Dublin Tornadoes||0|
|12.06.88||Craigavon Cowboys||41||Labatt Belfast Spartans||13|
|19.06.88||Belfast Blitzers||20||Dublin Celts||19|
|17.07.88||Carrickfergus Cougars||48||Coleraine Chieftains||0|
|24.07.88||Craigavon Cowboys||3||Belfast Blitzers||19|
|24.07.88||Labatt Belfast Spartans||32||Coleraine Chieftains||32|
|??||Dublin Tornadoes||0 #||Craigavon Cowboys||1|
|??||Craigavon Cowboys||0||Dublin Celts||28|
The Dublin Celts won their second Shamrock Bowl 34-6 over the Belfast Blitzers in a surprisingly one-sided game considering the teams had split their two regular season games.
The two teams were well above everyone else, only losing to each other, with Craigavon Cowboys and Belfast Spartans winning three each to qualify for the semi-finals. Carrickfergus Cougars and Dublin Tornadoes both picked up easy wins against Coleraine Chieftains, otherwise losing all their matches. The Chieftains managed a shock tie with the Spartans to avoid a complete losing season.
The Belfast Blitzers were made to work hard against the Craigavon Cowboys in the Playoffs but eventually prevailed 26-12 to reach their first Shamrock Bowl, while the Celts made light work of the Spartans, winning 45-6, before the victory over the Blitzers in Shamrock Bowl III.
The 1988 season was the third of the Irish American Football League. 7 teams entered, down from 11 the previous season. New Teams: None. Non-Returning Teams: East Side Jets, Jordanstown Jaguars, Bangor Buccaneers. Belfast Giants went on hiatus for one season.
The top 4 teams from 1987 were placed in the National Conference, and the other three in the Irish Conference. After an unbalanced schedule of 6 games, the top 4 teams overall reached the Playoffs.
 (1988) “Celts’ home debut” Irish Independent. 14 May 1988. pg. 22
 (1988) “American Football” Irish Press. 30 May 1988. pg. 46
 (1988) “Scoreboard” American Football News. 28 July 1988. pg.
 (1988) “Ireland” American Football News. 18 August 1988. pg.
 (1988) “Shamrock Bowl report” American Football News. 29 September 1988. pg. 22
 Britball Now (2016) Results Section  [Other Kitted] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 27 February 2017]
Thanks to John Malone, Tony Meenaghan, Declan Mulvey & John O’Reilly
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