American Football Association of Ireland Festivals and Friendlies 1988

Festivals & Friendlies Standings

AFAI American Football Association of Ireland Festivals & Friendlies 1988

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak

Note: Standings Calculated automatically from results – Official Standings not kept.


Match Day Week 1
(Week 1)

Match Day Week 2
(Week 2)

Match Day Week 3
(Week 3)

Match Day Week 4 - Birr Vintage Festival
(Week 4 - Birr Vintage Festival)

Note: Date of Dublin Tornadoes 46 Antrim Bulldogs 0 not known – 1 June 1988 an approximation only.

Map of Ireland (2022 Counties, Boroughs and Districts) Showing AFAI Festivals & Friendlies Teams 1988

Map of Ireland administrative divisions on counties level Copyright: lesniewski superimposed with Labeled Color Map of Districts of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Copyright: lara2016 [1987 IAFL Team Logos added by Enda Mulcahy for [27]


While preparing to enter the Irish American Football League in 1989 the Antrim Bulldogs (also known as the A26 Bulldogs) played a series of Friendly and Exhibition matches against other AFAI teams in 1988. During May they lost 39-2 to Belfast Blitzers, then 46-0 to Dublin Tornadoes, 22-8 in July versus Labatt Spartans from Belfast before they were due to play Dublin Tornadoes again at the Birr Vintage Festival in Co. Offaly.

Map References

[27] Vector — Labeled Color Map of Districts of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Copyright: lara2016 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 10 January 2022] Superimposed on Vector — Map of Ireland administrative divisions on counties level Copyright: lesniewski [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 10 January 2022] Combined with 1988 Irish American Football Team Logos by Enda Mulcahy for [13 January 2022]


[1] Anon. (1988) “Birr Vintage Festival” Nenagh Guardian. Saturday, August 13, 1988. pg. 15.

[2] Britball Now (2016) Historical Results [1988][Friendlies] [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 12 January 2020][Actual Reference at: ][Accessed 13 January 2022]

[3] Anon. (1988) Antrim fall Belfast Telegraph. Tuesday, May 17, 1988, pg. 17 [Internet] Original Article Available from: [Accessed 13 January 2022]


[4] Belfast Blitzers Facebook (2021) Bellfast Blitzers Reply to Post by Enda Mulcahy [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 22 January 2021]

Logo References

[5] Belfast Blitzers Facebook Page (2019) Post, August 12, 2019 at 1:31 PM [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 17 August 2019]

[6] Belfast Blitzers Facebook Page (2021) Post to Page by Belfast Blitzers, 5 February 2021: [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 5 February 2021]

[7] Dublin Tornadoes (1995) Timmy Tornado Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 3 July 2018]

[8] Trinity Bowl 1992 Trinity 400 American Football Match Poster

[11] Dublin Tornadoes Football Helmet – Authors’ Personal Collection – Purchased at


Thanks to David Turner (Belfast Blitzers)


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