1987 Yearbook, American Football, East Side / Belfast Jets, Irish American Football League, Irish American Football Teams, Irish American Football Yearbook

East Side Jets Irish American Football Team Roster and Match Reports 1987

IAFL 1987 Mourne Conference Table

PWLTPFPAPct
Mourne Conference
*Belfast Blitzers10910.900
Carrickfergus Cougars10550.500
Dublin Tornadoes10550.500
Coleraine Chieftains10280.200
East Side Jets10280.200
[1]

1987 Results

WeekDateH/AOppositionW/LScore
PS 11987AAldergrove HawksW6-0
PS 215.03.1987HBangor BuccaneersW7-2
127.04.1987HBelfast BlitzersL0-92
417.05.1987ACraigavon CowboysL0-58
524.05.1987HBelfast SpartansL9-30
707.06.1987AColeraine ChieftansL0-31
814.06.1987HBelfast GiantsL0-46
1105.07.1987ABangor BuccaneersL0-25
1426.07.1987ACarrickfergus CougarsL0-1 #
1616.08.1987HDublin TornadoesL0-1 #
1723.08.1987ADublin CeltsL0-1 #
1830.08.1987HJordanstown JaguarsW1-0 #
[4]

Preseason Week 1

Aldergrove Hawks 0 East Side Jets 6

The East Side Jets, from Castlereagh in East Belfast, made a successful start to their Irish American Football preseason, winning 6-0 on their debut against Aldergove Hawks, at RAF Aldergrove in Antrim.

At RAF AldergroveQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
East Side Jets6
Aldergrove Hawks0
IAFL Preseason week 1 – Aldergrove Hawks 0 East Side Jets 6 Box-Score [Ref: 6]

Preseason Week 2

East Side Jets 7 Bangor Buccaneers 2

In Week 2 of the IAFL Preseason, East Side Jets defeated Bangor Buccaneers 7-2 on their home debut, with a fourth quarter touchdown from Mark Dunwoody, who ran in from 25 yards out.

At Q1Q2Q3Q4Total
Bangor Buccaneers2
East Side Jets7
IAFL Preseason week 2 – East Side Jets 7 Bangor Buccaneers 2 [Ref: 4]
TeamScorersScore
Quarter ??
BANSafety0-2
4th Quarter
ESJMark Dunwoody 25yd Run (XP Kick Good)7-2
IAFL Preseason Week 2 – East Side Jets 7 Bangor Buccaneers 2 Scorers [Ref: 4]

Week 1

East Side Jets 0 Belfast Blitzers 92

The East Side Jets and Belfast Blitzers met in week 1 of the Irish American Football League’s second season. The Blitzers won 92-0 with F. Lynch, D. McHugh, H. Davis, I. Smyth, J. Smyth, D. McCourt and A. McCandless among the scorers.

AtQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Belfast Blitzers92
East Side Jets0
IAFL 1987 Week 1 -East Side Jets 0 Belfast Blitzers 92 Box_Score [Ref: 5]
TeamScorerScore
BLIF. Lynch
BLID. McHugh
BLIH. Davis
BLII. Smyth
BLIJ. Smyth
BLID. McCourt
BLIA. McCandless
IAFL Week 1 – East Side Jets 0 Belfast Blitzers 92 Scorers [Ref: 5]

Week 4 – 17 May 1987

Craigavon Cowboys 58 East Side Jets 0

The Craigavon Cowboys overwhelmed the East Side Jets 58-0 in this Week 4 encounter in Lurgan. The Cowboys amassed 464 yards in Offense during the game.

AtQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
East Side Jets0
Craigavon Cowboys58
IAFL 1987 Week 4 – Craigavon Cowboys 58 East Side Jets 0 Box-Score [Ref: 6]

Team Roster 1987

PlayerPosition
Don Bird
Barry HillQuarterback
Craig Dobbin
Staurt Hooks
Alan Boyd
Paul KirbyCenter
Steve Wright
Mark DunwoodyRunning Back
East Side Jets Team Roster 1987 [Ref: 3]

Coaches and Management 1987

NameRole
Coaches
Don BirdDefensive Co-Ordinator
Management
Alan HyndsChairman
East Side Jets Coaches and Management 1987 [Ref: 3]

Season Report

The Preseason went well for the East Side Jets first ever season, winning 6-0 against Aldergrove Hawks, and then 7-2 against Bangor Buccaneers in their home debut with a fourth quarter touchdown from Mark Dunwoody.

In their first Regular Season game, however, they came up against IAFA Champions from 1986, the Belfast Blitzer, who ran up the score 92-0, and the in their second week they were overwhelmed 58-0 by Shamrock Bowl Champions the previous year, Craigavon Cowboys.

The Jets never recovered after that, and the 9 points they scored against the Belfast Blitzers were to be the only ones they would score all season. They folded after 6 of 10 games, although a match against the Jordanstown Jaguars was overturned in their favour after the Jaguars also pulled out.

East Side Jets Defensive Co-Ordinator Don Bird [Ref: 7]

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] Britball Now (2016) East Side Jets [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/Britball%20Teams/EastSideJets.htm [Accessed 18 July 2018]

Newspapers

[3] Anon. (1986) “The Jets learn to be mean”Belfast Telegraph. Wednesday, December 10, 1986. pg. 9 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

[4] Anon. (1987) “Successful start by Belfast Jets”Belfast Telegraph. Tuesday, March 17, 1987. pg. 21 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

[5] Anon. (1986) “American Football”Belfast Telegraph. Monday, April 27, 1987. pg. 29 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

[6] Anon. (1986) “Cowboys run riot”Belfast Telegraph. Monday, May 18, 1987. pg. 23 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

Images

[7] Anon. (1986) “Don Bird…in full flight”Belfast Telegraph. Wednesday, December 10, 1986. pg. 9 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Niall Brennan.

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 22 May 2020

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved.

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