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Belfast Spartans American Football Ireland Team 1985-1996

Belfast Spartans Team Photo
Belfast Spartans Helmet [Reference: 31]

Factfile

IAFL Senior Team 1986-1996
Home Ground: Musgrave Park & Cooke Rugby Club, Belfast
Colours: Black / Blue / Yellow
Career Record: Unknown
Honours:IAFL Irish Conference Champions 1988.
History: The Belfast Spartans were one of the first American Football teams formed in Ireland in 1985, the Belfast Spartans played in the Unkitted Junior Division in 1986 and then played in the first full IAFL season in 1987. They 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 also played in the Four Nations Bowl in Stoke, England against the home team Spitfites and the Cardiff Mets of Wales. In 1994 they went 0-6 before taking a year out and then competed in 1996 folding. They posted winning seasons in 1988 & 1992.

Home Venue Map

Year-by-Year Record

 LgeReg W-L-TPctPS W-L-TChpOther W-L-TLT
1987IAFL4-5-1.4500-0-00-0-000
1988IAFL3-1-1.7000-1-00-0-000
1989CGL4-4-0.5000-0-00-0-000
1990IAFL       
1991IAFL       
1992AFAI4-2-0.6670-0-00-2-000
1993AFAI       
1994IAFL0-6-0.0000-0-00-0-000

 

Belfast-Spartans-Team-Photo

Belfast Spartans Team Photo (Unknown Year) [30]

1986 Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
? HCraigavon CowboysW 
? ACraigavon CowboysL0-49

1987 Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
127.04.1987HDublin CeltsL6-7
417.05.1987HCarrickfergus CougarsL2-15
524.05.1987AEast Side JetsW30-9
921.06.1987ABelfast BlitzersL0-63
1028.06.1987AColeraine ChieftainsW6-0
1212.07.1987HJordanstown JaguarsW1-0#
1319.07.1987HDublin CeltsL0-27
1830.08.1987Craigavon CowboysL0-52
1906.09.1987HBangor BuccaneersW1-0#
1906.09.1987HBelfast GiantsW0-1#
????AF-14 Tomcats (Eng)L14-42

1988 Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
117.04.88HCarrickfergus CougarsW7-6
201.05.88AColeraine ChieftainsW14-7
529.05.88HCarrickfergus CougarsW14-13
612.06.88ACraigavon CowboysL13-41
924.07.88HColeraine ChieftainsT32-32
SF14.08.88ADublin CeltsL6-45

1989 Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
107.05.89HA26 BulldogsL0-40
213.05.89AEast Antrim CougarsW36-14
503.06.89HCraigavon CowboysW26-21
824.06.89HEast Antrim CougarsW35-3
902.07.89ANI GiantsL3-30
1008.07.89HDublin CeltsL12-48
1009.07.89ADublin TornadoesW1-0#
??HCraigavon CowboysL0-46
??AJersey Senates / Guernsey Gladiators (ChI)T12-12

1990 Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
?06.05.90AA26 BulldogsL12-15
 13.05.90AA26 BulldogsW 
 27.05.90HCraigavon CowboysL 
 10.06.90ACraigavon Cowboys  
SF22.07.90HA26 BulldogsL0-6
F11.08.90ACraigavon CowboysL3-54

1991 Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
111.05.91ADublin TornadoesW14-6
326.05.91HNewtownabbey WarriorsW54-6
429.05.91AAntrim BulldogsT6-6
509.06.91ADublin Celts  
 21.07.91HAntrim BulldogsL6-27
 08.91ADublin TornadoesW8-6

1992 Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
1 HDublin TornadoesW16-13
305.07.1992ACraigavon CowboysL0-14
519.07.1992HDublin CeltsW13-12
702.08.1992HDrogheda VikingsW50-9
1023.08.1992HLee Valley SteelersW18-0
4NB30.08.1992StokeStoke Spitfires (Eng)L0-20
4NB30.08.1992StokeCardiff Mets (Wal)L0-13
1206.09.1992AAntrim BulldogsL8-11
[References: 30]

1993 Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
116.05.93ADublin TornadoesL 
505.06.93HLee Valley SteelersW17-0
613.06.93ADublin CeltsL0-13
 04.07.93ADublin TornadoesL0-33
SF12.09.93ADublin TornadoesL0-20
      
      
      
      

1994 Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
121.04.94HDublin TornadoesL6-15
201.05.94ADublin TornadoesL6-45
  ACarrickfergus KnightsL6-15
 29.05.94HCarrickfergus KnightsL2-26
806.94ALurgan Area RaidersL6-13
 09.07.94HLurgan Area RaidersL0-20

1995 Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
   Did not compete  

1996 Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
 09.06.96ADublin TornadoesL6-30
      
      
      

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

Newspapers

[30] FD Reporter (1992) “Spitfires win Four Nations Bowl Crown” First Down. September 5, 1992. Pg. 19

Logos

[31] Belfast Blitzers Facebook Page (2021) Post to Page by Belfast Blitzers, 5 February 2021: [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/146339398_3535274803250316_484236705150193506_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&ccb=2&_nc_sid=dbeb18&_nc_ohc=APIfzLRulaMAX9g3LLc&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=72bcf54f0435a9ab26cd035a8d2cf7c7&oe=604502C2 [Accessed 5 February 2021]

Images

[32] 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 David Turner.

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Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

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Last Updated: 5 February 2021

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