American Football, Irish American Football Festivals

Irish American Football Association Challenge 1985


DateHome TeamAway Team
1985Belfast Spartans0Bangor Buccaners30
Irish American Football Association Challenge 1985 [Ref: 1]


The Belfast Spartans first ever match was in a challenge match in 1985, in which they lost 30-0 to the Bangor Buccaneers. The match was unkitted, but according to reports in the Belfast Spartans website, it appears to have been a form of “American Rugby”, much like the early Ohio League style American Football in the USA at the end of the 19th and early 20th Century, i.e. Contact Football without padding or helmets, rather than Flag Football (American Football version of Tag Rugby).



[1] Belfast Spartans (2019) Team History | Grinding to a start [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 20 March 2018]


Thanks to David Turner, Belfast Blitzers

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 17 May 2020

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020

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