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Belfast Blitzers | Irish American Football Team 1985-1988

Belfast Blitzers Logo
IAFL Senior Team 1986-1988

 

Home Ground: Cooke Rugby Club, Belfast [2]

Colours: Red / Red / White [2]

Honours: Shamrock Bowl Runners-Up 1988 / Conference Champions 1987, 1988. IAFA Champions 1986, NIAFA Champions 1986.

History: One of the top teams in the early years of the IAFL, winning their Conference in both full IAFL seasons they played, losing to the Craigavon Cowboys in the Semi-Finals in 1987, and the Dublin Celts in Shamrock Bowl III in 1988.

Won the IAFA Championship & NIAFA Championship in 1986 but declined to take part in the Shamrock Bowl. [1][4][5]

Home Venue Map

Year-by-Year Record

Year Regular Season Post-Season International
  Lge P W L T Place P W L T Titles P W L T
1986 IAFL 4 3 1 0                    
1987 IAFL 10 9 1 0 1st 1 0 1 0   0 0 0 0
1988 IAFL 6 5 1 0 1st 2 1 1 0   0 0 0  

Links to Year-by-Year Rosters & Match Reports

1986

belfast-blitzers-team-photo-1986

Belfast Blitzers Team Photo 1986 [6]

1986 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
  01.06.86 A Dublin Celts L 7-46
  22.06.86 H Dublin Celts W 24-20
  1986 H Craigavon Cowboys W 46-0
  1986 A Craigavon Cowboys W 40-0

[1]

1987 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
1 27.04.87 A East Side Jets W 92-0
3 10.05.87 A Jordanstown Jaguars W 28-0
5 24.05.87 H Coleraine Chieftans W 52-0
6 31.05.87 H Bangor Buccaneers W 76-0
9 21.06.87 H Belfast Spartans W 53-0
10 28.06.87 A Craigavon Cowboys W 22-0
15 02.08.87 H Belfast Giants W 38-3
16 16.08.87 A Dublin Celts L 14-26
17 25.08.87 A Carrickfergus Cougars W 36-6
SF 12.09.87 H Craigavon Cowboys L 20-28

[4]

1988 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
1 17.04.88 H Dublin Celts L 7-20
3 08.05.88 H Craigavon Cowboys W 14-3
5 29.05.88 A Dublin Tornadoes W 36-6
6 12.06.88 H Dublin Tornadoes W 40-0
7 19.06.88 H Dublin Celts W 20-19
9 24.07.88 A Craigavon Cowboys W 19-3
SF 14.08.88 H Craigavon Cowboys W 26-12
SB III 21.08.87 N Dublin Celts L 6-34

[5]

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) Belfast Blitzers [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/Britball%20Teams/BelfastBlitzers.htm [Accessed 4 July 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]

Images

[6] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Team Photo Post by Billy Graham, August 3, 2019 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10219352128812012&set=p.10219352128812012&type=3&theater [Accessed 9 August 2019]

[7] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Belfast Blitzers Logo [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/67510518_2229601940484282_4045526367226298368_n.jpg?_nc_cat=110&_nc_oc=AQl1RH5LGTyzP7JMEVoPCpPxclJUvZJLdfcQ4B410nJOwq86JZKgmCdGwLxt9Ohiu_LX86-8QPWKraapOFn6Q0ai&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=28e5b0bd6891c62c2b9a18b51ad283a1&oe=5DE33CA5 [Accessed 8 August 2019]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to David Turner & Billy Graham.

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

REirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 21 March 2019

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2019

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

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1 thought on “Belfast Blitzers | Irish American Football Team 1985-1988”

  1. The game results are not accurate. We played the Cowboys at Shane Park Rugby Club between both Celts games and won 40-0 , it’s documented in the Belfast Telegraph and the photos are on our FB page. T he Aldergrove Hawks game was a flag football game played in 1985 at Cherryvale playing fields in Belfast and we defiantly played the Celts twice in 1987.

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