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Belfast Spartans | Irish American Football Team | 1985-1996

IAFL Senior Team 1986-1996

 

Home Ground: Musgrave Park & Cooke Rugby Club, Belfast.

Colours: Black / Blue / Yellow

Career Record:

Honours:IAFL Irish Conference Champions 1988.

History: Played in the first full IAFL season in 1987, and were winners of the Irish Conference in 1988, losing to eventual winners, the Dublin Celts, in the Semi-Finals. In 1992 they missed out on the playoffs by a tie-breaker, and in 1994 went 0-6 before folding. They posted winning seasons in 1988 & 1992.

Home Venue Map

Year-by-Year Record

Year Regular Season Post-Season International
  Lge P W L T Pct P W L T Chp P W L T
1987 IAFL 10 4 5 1 .450 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1988 IAFL 5 3 1 1 .700 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1989 CGL 8 4 4 0 .500 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1990 IAFL                            
1991 IAFL                            
1992 AFAI 6 4 2 0 .667 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1993 AFAI                            
1994 IAFL 6 0 6 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Belfast-Spartans-Team-Photo

Belfast Spartans Team Photo (Unknown Year) [30]

1986 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
?   H Craigavon Cowboys W  
?   A Craigavon Cowboys L 0-49

1987 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
1 27 April H Dublin Celts L 6-7
4 17 May H Carrickfergus Cougars L 2-15
5 24 May A East Side Jets W 30-9
9 21 June A Belfast Blitzers L 0-63
10 28 June A Coleraine Chieftains W 6-0
12 12 July H Jordanstown Jaguars W 1-0#
13 19 July H Dublin Celts L 0-27
18 30 August Craigavon Cowboys L 0-52
19 6 September H Bangor Buccaneers W 1-0#
19 6 September H Belfast Giants W 0-1#

1988 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
1 17.04.88 H Carrickfergus Cougars W 7-6
2 01.05.88 A Coleraine Chieftains W 14-7
5 29.05.88 H Carrickfergus Cougars W 14-13
6 12.06.88 A Craigavon Cowboys L 13-41
9 24.07.88 H Coleraine Chieftains T 32-32
SF 14.08.88 A Dublin Celts L 6-45

1989 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
1 07.05.89 H A26 Bulldogs L 0-40
2 13.05.89 A East Antrim Cougars W 36-14
5 03.06.89 H Craigavon Cowboys W 26-21
8 24.06.89 H East Antrim Cougars W 35-3
9 02.07.89 A NI Giants L 3-30
10 08.07.89 H Dublin Celts L 12-48
10 09.07.89 A Dublin Tornadoes W 1-0#
? ? H Craigavon Cowboys L 0-46

1990 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
? 06.05.90 A A26 Bulldogs L 12-15
  13.05.90 A A26 Bulldogs W  
  27.05.90 H Craigavon Cowboys L  
  10.06.90 A Craigavon Cowboys    
SF 22.07.90 H A26 Bulldogs L 0-6
F 11.08.90 A Craigavon Cowboys L 3-54

1991 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
1 11.05.91 A Dublin Tornadoes W 14-6
3 26.05.91 H Newtownabbey Warriors W 54-6
4 29.05.91 A Antrim Bulldogs T 6-6
5 09.06.91 A Dublin Celts    
  21.07.91 H Antrim Bulldogs L 6-27
  08.91 A Dublin Tornadoes W 8-6

1992 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
1   H Dublin Tornadoes W 16-13
3 05.07.92 A Craigavon Cowboys L 0-14
5 19.07.92 H Dublin Celts W 13-12
7 02.08.92 H Drogheda Vikings W 50-9
10 23.08.92 H Lee Valley Steelers W 18-0
12 06.09.92 A Antrim Bulldogs L 8-11

1993 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
1 16.05.93 A Dublin Tornadoes L  
5 05.06.93 H Lee Valley Steelers W 17-0
6 13.06.93 A Dublin Celts L 0-13
  04.07.93 A Dublin Tornadoes L 0-33
SF 12.09.93 A Dublin Tornadoes L 0-20
           
           
           
           

1994 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
1 21.04.94 H Dublin Tornadoes L 6-15
2 01.05.94 A Dublin Tornadoes L 6-45
    A Carrickfergus Knights L 6-15
  29.05.94 H Carrickfergus Knights L 2-26
8 06.94 A Lurgan Area Raiders L 6-13
  09.07.94 H Lurgan Area Raiders L 0-20

1995 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
      Did not compete    

1996 Results

Week Date H/A Opposition W/L Score
  09.06.96 A Dublin Tornadoes L 6-30
           
           
           

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) Historial League Tables [1989] [CGL] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/historical-league-tables-in/ [Accessed 27 February 2017]

[5]Britball Now (2016) Results Section [1989] [CGL] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 27 February 2017]

[30] Lucky Show (2016) Irish American Football [Internet] Available from: http://www.luckyshow.org/football/Shamrock%20Bowl.htm [Accessed 5 June 2017]

Sources

[6] Naughton, L. (1991) “Minority Report: Spartans supreme”, Evening Herald. Thursday, May 16, 1991, pg. 62.

[7] Naughton, L. (1991) “Minority Report: Tornadoes toppled!”, Evening Herald. Thursday, August 15, 1991, pg. 44.

 

[8] Anon. (1992) “IRISH CHAMPION CELTS STUNG BY BULLDOG SPIRIT”, First Down. July 11, 1992, pg. 17.

[9] Anon. (1992) “Dublin Celts still winless”, First Down. July 25, 1992, pg. 19.

[10] FD Reporter. (1992) “At last! It’s the Dub-win Celts!”, First Down. August 15, 1992, pg. 17.

[11] Naughton, L. (1992) “Minority Reports: U.S. Football”, Evening Herald. Thursday, September 3, 1992, pg. 94

[12] Naughton, L. (1992) “Minority Reports: U.S. Football”, Evening Herald. Thursday, September 10, 1992, pg. 70

[13] (1993) Storm Dave Talks Back. First Down. 15 May, p. 18.

[14] (1993) Irish Zeros. First Down. 19 June, p. 21.

[15] Carrickfergus Knights (1994) Knights American Football Club Carrickfergus Shamrock Bowl Programme. Belfast. Aldine Print

[16] Anon. (1994) Dublin Clinch Crown. First Down. 8 October1994. p. 22

[17] Anon. (1994) Scoreboard. First Down. 9 July 1994. p. 19

[18] Anon. (1994) Lurgan Blank Belfast. First Down. 9 July 1994. p. 20

[19] Anon. (1994) Scoreboard. First Down. 18 June 1994. p. 19

[20] Anon. (1994) Full Round-Up of BAFA’s Divisions Two and Three. First Down. 7 May 1994. pg. 21

[21] Anon. (1994) Chicago Knights maintain challenge. Carrick Times. 6 June 1994. pg. 60

[22] Naughton, L. (1994) American Football. Evening Herald. Thursday, 5 May 1994 . pg. 91

[23] Naughton, L. (1994) American Football. Evening Herald. Thursday, 26 May 1994 . pg. 68

[24] Naughton, L. (1994) Tornadoes turn up the power. Evening Herald. Thursday, 28 July 1994. pg. 55

[17] Naughton, L. (1994) American Football. Evening Herald. Thursday, 22 September 1994. pg.78

[18] Naughton, L. (1994) US Football. Evening Herald. Thursday, 29 September1994. pg.58

[19] Traynor, Jonathan (1991) “American Football: Clash of Titans!” Sunday Life May 28, 1991. pg. 46

[20] Anon. (1991) “Scoreboard: Gridiron” Sunday Life June 2, 1991. pg. 53

[21] Anon. (1991) “Gridiron: Antrim Dawgs go for walkies” Sunday Life June 9, 1991. pg. 41

[22] Anon. (1991) “American Football: Rows spoil Irish scene” Sunday Life July 28, 1991. pg. 43

[23] Anon. (1990) “American Football double-header” Sunday Life May 6, 1990. pg. 59

[24] Anon. (1990) “American Football Column: Spartans in revenge bid” Sunday Life May 13, 1990. pg. 46

[25] Anon. (1990) “American Football” Sunday Life May 20, 1990. pg. 56

[26] Anon. (1990) “American Football: Junior game is on the up!” Sunday Life May 27, 1990. pg. 58

[27] Anon. (1990) “American Football: off form Bulldogs lack any real bite” Sunday Life June 3, 1990. pg. 46

[28] Traynor, Jonathan (1990) “Local League action hots up” Sunday Life June 10, 1990. pg. 42

[29] Anon. (1990) “American Football: Cowboys riding high..” Sunday Life August 5, 1990. pg. 43

Images

[30] Belfast Spartans (2019) Belfast Spartans Team Photo [Internet] Available from: http://www.belfastspartans.co.uk/uploads/7/9/7/0/7970653/241186.jpg [Accessed 30 July 2019]

Acknowledgements

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

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Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

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Last Updated: 24 March 2019

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