American Football, Irish American Football League

Irish American Football Association Irish American Football League 1986

League Table

PWLTPFPAPts
IAFA
Belfast Blitzers541012872.800
*Dublin Celts43106631.750
*Craigavon Cowboys4130040.250
Coleraine Chieftains2020033.000
Carrickfergus Cougars1010655.000
Belfast Spartans
NIAFA
Belfast Blitzers33009561.000
Craigavon Cowboys21103340.500
Coleraine Chieftains2020033.000
Carrickfergus Cougars1010655.000
Belfast Spartans
Irish American Football League Standings 1986 [Ref: compiled from results in 1-11]

[1-5]

Playoff Results

DateHome TeamAway Team
Shamrock Bowl ISt. Mary’s RFC, Dublin
05.10.1986Craigavon Cowboys6Dublin Celts2
Irish American Football League Shamrock Bowl 1986 [Ref: 3]

[3]

Regular Season Results

DateHome TeamAway Team
Week
01.06.1986Dublin Celts46Belfast Blitzers7
Week
22.06.1986Belfast Blitzers24Dublin Celts20
Week
09.08.1986Carrickfergus Cougars6Belfast Blitzers55
Final WeekLondonderry YMCA
29.09.1986Coleraine Chieftains0Craigavon Cowboys33
Unknown Week
1986Craigavon Cowboys 0Belfast Blitzers40
1986Dublin CeltsWCraigavon CowboysL
1986Craigavon CowboysLDublin CeltsW
1986Coleraine ChieftainsLBelfast BlitzersW
Irish American Football League Regular Season Results 1986 [Ref: 1-10]

References: [1-6]

Shamrock Bowl I Box-Score and Match Report

05 October 1986 – St. Mary’s Rugby Club, Dublin 6 – Dublin Celts 2 Craigavon Cowboys 6

Craigavon Cowboys left it late to claim victory in the first ever Irish American Football League Shamrock Bowl, with Most Valuable Player, Nigel Trimble, running in the only touchdown of the match with only four minutes remaining. The Dublin Celts had gone ahead in the first half with a safety, worth two points, in the match played at St. Mary’s Rugby Club in Templeogue, Dublin 6.

At St. Mary’s Rugby Club, Dublin 6Q1Q2Q3Q4Total
Craigavon Cowboys00066
Dublin Celts002
IAFL Shamrock Bowl I Box-Score – Score by Quarters [Ref: 10]
TeamScorerScore
1st Half
DUBSafety2-0
3rd Quarter
No scoring2-0
4th Quarter
CRANigel Trimble TD Run2-6
IAFL Shamrock Bowl I Box-Score – Scorers [Ref: 10]

Report

The Blitzers won the IAFA Championship on points difference from the Dublin Celts as they both finished on the same record. They also won the NIAFA Championship, which included all matches played except the ones against the Dublin Celts.

At the end of the season there was a separate Shamrock Bowl arranged, which was by invite. The Dublin Celts & Belfast Blitzers were both invited but the Blitzers as both League & Cup Champions declined to take part as they considered themselves already champions. The Craigavon Cowboys took their place and beat the Celts 6-2, with a late Nigel Trimble Touchdown run.

Derek McCord of Belfast Blitzers slips past a tackle by Carrickfergus Cougars’ John Havron during the Blitzers 55-6 win in Carrickfergus on 09 August 1986 [Pic: Rick Hewitt]

About

There were two separate Leagues in 1986: The Northern Ireland American Football Association, where each of the Northern teams played each other twice. Belfast Blitzers won all of their matches. There was also an Irish American Football Association where each of the NIAFA games counted as well as a Home & Away series for each NIAFA team with the Dublin Celts. The NIAFA League was a League on paper only, though there were medals awarded to the winning Belfast Blitzers team.

Home Venues

TeamVenue
Belfast BlitzersCooke Rugby Club, Belfast
Carrickfergus CougarsCarrickfergus RFC, Carrickfergus
Craigavon CowboysShane Park, Lurgan, Craigavon
Irish American Football League Home Grounds 1986 [Ref: 7-10

References

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] Craigavon Cowboys | Wayback Machine (2017) Charles ‘Chuck’ Ebron Interview [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20170514064407/http://www,craigavoncowboys.co.uk:80/news [Accessed 10 October 2018]

Social Media

[5] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Comments on Post by David Turner, August 12-17, 2019 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/posts/2244208692356940 [Accessed 17 August 2019]

[6] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Comments on Post by David Turner, September 7, 2019 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/posts/2286790341432108?comment_id=2287705898007219&reply_comment_id=2292185984225877&notif_id=1568031304420635&notif_t=feed_comment [Accessed 9 September 2019]

Newspapers

[7] Anon. (1986) “A cracking good show for grid-iron fans” Belfast Telegraph. Tuesday, September 23, 1986. pg. 24 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

[8] Anon. (1986) “American flavour” Belfast Telegraph. Friday, August 8, 1986. pg. 26 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

[9] Anon. (1986) “Cowboys into ‘Shamrock Bowl'” Belfast Telegraph. Monday, September 29, 1986. pg. 18 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

[10] Anon. (1986) “Cowboys triumph'” Belfast Telegraph. Monday, October 6, 1986. pg. 19 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

[11] Anon. (1986) “Picture caption'” Belfast Telegraph. Monday, August 11, 1986. pg. 30 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

Images

[12] Anon. (1986) “Picture by Rick Hewitt'” Belfast Telegraph. Monday, August 11, 1986. pg. 30 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to David Turner & Billy Graham (Belfast Blitzers).

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 6 May 2020

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020

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

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