Dublin Celts | Irish American Football Team | Season Roster & Match Reports 1992

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IAFL Tara Conference Table 1992

Tara Conference       
*Dublin Tornadoes64208149.667
*Dublin Celts63307757.500
Drogheda Vikings514015135.200
Lee Valley Steelers60600195.000



Week 1: 23 June 1992

Antrim Bulldogs 6 Dublin Celts 0 – The Dublin Celts lost to Irish opposition for the first time in five years as they were shocked by the Antrim Bulldogs, who were now installed as favourites to win the Shamrock Bowl.[1]

Antrim Bulldogs    6
Dublin Celts    0
ANT – TD6-0

Week 3: 6 July 1992

Dublin Tornadoes 22 Dublin Celts 7 – A “brusing encounter” between the Dublin rivals, which saw only one person ejected from play, ended in a victory for the Tallaght-based Tornadoes. Vinnie Clark scored one TD, QB Martin Dillon scored a spectacular touchdown from 20 yards, and Phil McGowan added a third TD for the Tornadoes. Brendan Fox added a Field-Goal and Extra Point as the Celts could only manage one TD in reply.[3][4]

At Tallaght Rugby ClubQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Dublin Tornadoes    22
Dublin Celts    7
TOR – Vinne Clark, TD Run 
TOR – Martin Dillon 20 yd TD Run 
TOR – Phil McGowan 
TOR – Brendan Fox FG 
TOR – Brendan Fox XP 

Week 5: 20 July 1992

Dublin Celts 12 Belfast Spartans 13 – The defending champions Dublin Celts slumped to their third straight defeat of the season against Belfast.[6]

Dublin Celts    12
Belfast Spartans    13

Week 6: 27 July 1992

Dublin Celts 18 Craigavon Cowboys 16 – In a close encounter the Dublin Celts finally won a game in 1992 after a last-second field goal attempt by Craigavon was missed.[7]

Dublin Celts    18
Craigavon Cowboys    16

Week 9: 12-16 August 1992

Dublin Celts 20 Lee Valley Steelers 0 – In a midweek match the Dublin Celts defeated the Lee Valley Steelers.[9]

Dublin Celts    20
Lee Valley Steelers    0

Week 11: 30 August 1992

Dublin Celts 19 Drogheda Vikings 0 – Drogheda were not disgraced in this loss to the Celts , with rivalries to the fore as the Vikings were a splinter team from the Celts.[12]

Dublin Celts    19
Drogheda Vikings    0

Craigavon Cowboys 10 Dublin Celts 6 – A Touchdown and Field Goal in the second quarter gave the Cowboys a slender victory over the Celts

Craigavon Cowboys0100010
Dublin Celts    6

Reference: [18]

Reference: [17][18]

1992 Season Roster

32Gerry AndrewsRB
42Robbie AndrewsRB
19Ger BreenLB
 Dave BrennanLine
55Eric BruntonLine
34Dermot ConnollyQB
 Graham CrowleyLine
97Marcus CunninghamRB
11John DonnellyQB
49Martin DunneS
 Bill DuignanLB
59Norman EstridgeDE
81John FarrellLine
22Ted FurmanCB
13Eddie GogginsRB
69Fran GuerinLine
12Graham HarteWR
37Rory HickeyP
40Oliver JenkinsLine
 Barry MaloneCB
50Nick McCabeLine
44Ray McCabeLine
67Brian McEvillyLine
 Gavin McManusLB
 Joseph MeanyLB
 John MulgraveLB
 Lennie MurphyLB
26Martin MurphyRB
60James O’NeillLine
48Peter O’RourkeSS
 Luis OrteagaLB
75Jonathan PullenLine
 Owen QuigleyLine
 Martin RogersLine
80Mark RutherfordWR
55Philip RyanC
68Kevin SharkeyG
 Paul SingletonLB
 Alan StauntonWR
21Paul StauntonTE
 Steve SynnottLine
82Paul WhelanWR
71John WalshLine
43Tommy WalshCB
 Derek WardCB
 Terry WellingsLine
 David O’RourkeWR
 Chris LeonardLB
 Andrew O’NeillWR





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

[2] Naughton, L. (1992) “Minority Reports: U.S. Football”, Evening Herald. Thursday, July 2, 1992, pg. 65

[3] Anon. (1992) “Sad Celts are Torn to shreds”, First Down. July 18, 1992, pg. 16.

[4] Naughton, L. (1992) “Minority Reports: Celts blown away”, Evening Herald. Thursday, July 9, 1992, pg. 66

[5] Naughton, L. (1992) “Minority Reports: U.S. Football”, Evening Herald. Thursday, July 16, 1992, pg. 69

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

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

[8] Anon. (1992) “IRISH RESULTS”, First Down. August 29, 1992, pg. 17.

[9] Naughton, L. (1992) “Minority Reports: Vikings ready to invade Tallaght”, Evening Herald. Thursday, August 13, 1992, pg. 66

[10] Naughton, L. (1992) “Minority Reports: Tornadoes ko Vikings”, Evening Herald. Thursday, August 20, 1992, pg. 61

[11] Naughton, L. (1992) “Minority Reports: U.S. Football”, Evening Herald. Thursday, August 27, 1992, pg. 61

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

[13] Anon. (1992) “Vikings Victory”, Drogheda Independent. Friday, September 4, 1992, pg. 11

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

[15] Naughton, L. (1992) “Minority Reports: Gridiron grief for Dubs!”, Evening Herald. Thursday, September 17, 1992, pg. 76

[16] Naughton, L. (1992) “Minority Reports: U.S. Football”, Evening Herald. Thursday, October 8, 1992, pg. Sport 7

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

[18] Anon. (1992) “Cowboys take on Bulldogs”, Sunday Life. September 20, 1992. pg. 52


[19] Dublin Celts American Football Team Facebook Page (2016) Photo by Joseph Greene August 28, 2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1421158977901127&set=gm.269427200117075&type=3&theater&ifg=1 [Accessed 3 July 2018]



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: 7 November 2019

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2019

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