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Coleraine Chieftains | Irish American Football Team 1985-1990

Coleraine Chieftains Logo 2002

IAFL Senior Team 1985-1990

Home Ground: Coleraine Borough Council Park, Co. Antrim

Colours: Navy Blue / Navy Blue / White

Career Record: (W-L-T) Regular Season: 2-12-1

History: Were the first team in Northern Ireland, and the second in Ireland as a whole, after the Dublin Celts [4] . Played in the first game between two Irish Clubs, a Two-Touch game against the Tyrone Tornadoes in 1985.

Played in the Northern Ireland American Football Association Flag League in 1985-86 before playing in the first two full Irish American Football League seasons in 1987 and 1988. they won two games in 1987, and managed just one tie in 1988. They sat out 1989, before playing again in the Irish League in 1990. In 1991 they merged with Carrickfergus Cougars to form the Newtownabbey Warriors.

Were reformed by former players in 2001, but only played two Flag Football games before folding again [6] .

Home Venue Map

Year-by-Year Record

Year Regular Season Place Post-Season Titles International
  P W L T   P W L T   P W L T
1987 10 2 8 0 4th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1988 4 0 3 1 3rd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1989 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1990 1 0 1 0 ? 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

[5][Adjusted]

1987 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
1 27.04.87 H Craigavon Cowboys L 0-38
3 10.05.87 H Dublin Celts L 9-48
5 24.05.87 A Belfast Blitzers L 0-52
7 07.06.87 H East Side Jets W 31-0
9 21.06.87 A Dublin Tornadoes L 6-38
10 28.06.87 H Belfast Spartans L 0-6
13 19.07.87 H Belfast Giants L 0-12
14 26.07.87 H Jordanstown Jaguars W 1-0 #
15 02.08.87 H Carrickfergus Cougars L 12-33
16 16.08.87 A Bangor Buccaneers L 0-6

[4]

1988 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
1 17.04.88 H Dublin Tornadoes L 0-46
2 01.05.88 A Belfast Spartans L 7-14
8 17.07.88 H Carrickfergus Cougars L 0-48
9 24.07.88 H Belfast Spartans T 32-32

[4]

1990 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
1 06.05.90 A Craigavon Cowboys L 0-36

[4]

Websites

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

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

[3] 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]

[4] Britball Now (2016) Coleraine Chieftans [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/Britball%20Teams/ColeraineChieftains.htm [Accessed 18 July 2018]

[5] Coleraine Chieftans (2002) Coleraine Chieftans: About [Internet] Available from: http://www.thecolerainechieftans.freeservers.com/about.html [Accessed 18 July 2018]

[6] Coleraine Chieftans (2002) Coleraine Chieftans: Chief Image [Internet] Available from: http://www.thecolerainechieftans.freeservers.com/images/chief.gif [Accessed 18 July 2018]

Sources

[5] Anon. (1988) “Scoreboard: IAFL” American Football News July 28, 1988. Pg.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith, Ralph Schmeer and Michael Brophy of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association.

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 21 March 2019

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2019

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