American Football Association of Ireland | Pre-Season Friendlies 1992

Pre-Season Table

Mourne Conference
Belfast Spartans1100701.000
Antrim Bulldogs101003.000
Craigavon Cowboys000000.000
Tara Conference
Dublin Tornadoes1100301.000
Drogheda Vikings101007.000
Dublin Celts000000.000
Lee Valley Steelers000000.000

Reference: Compiled from [1-2]

Week 1 – 5 April 1992

Drogheda Vikings 0 Belfast Spartans 7 – A more experience Belfast Spartans took the honours in a Pre-Season game with newcomers the Drogheda Vikings. The game was closer than many had predicted with Belfast scoring early on a John Melville Touchdown, but good spoiling play by the Vikings meant two Field Goal attempts later on were no good for the Spartans. 

At Co. Louth GAA Grounds, Drogheda Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Drogheda Vikings 0 0 0 0 0
Belfast Spartans 7 0 0 0 7
Scorers Score
1st Quarter  
BEL – John Melville TD (PAT Good) 0-7
2nd Quarter  
No Scoring 0-7
3rd Quarter  
No Scoring 0-7
4th Quarter  
No Scoring 0-7

Reference: [2] Date: [1]

Week 2 –  26 April 1992 – Trinity Bowl

Dublin Tornadoes 3 Antrim Bulldogs 0 – The Dublin Tornadoes snatched victory in the first ever American Football match played at Ireland’s hallowed Trinity College. They won with a Field Goal from Tony Fox in the last five seconds after Tony Degonia came on and started a move which pushed the Bulldogs back to their 10 yard line. Despite the low score it was an all action packed match, with both offenses moving the ball upfield and only tight defense preventing any break-through. This was a new-look Tornadoes with linebacker at the top of their game and Mark Nicholls, their Running-Back playing a superb game.

At College Park, Trinity College Dublin Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Dublin Tornadoes 0 0 0 3 3
Antrim Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0
Scorers Score
1st Quarter  
No Scoring 0-0
2nd Quarter  
No Scoring 0-0
3rd Quarter  
No Scoring 0-0
4th Quarter  
TOR – Tony Fox FG 3-0

Reference: [3] Date:[1]

Week 3 – 24 May 1992

At Athy, Co. Kildare Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Dublin Tornadoes          
Lee Valley Steelers          
Scorers Score

Reference: [3]




[1] Naughton, Lindie (1992) “U.S. Football” Evening Herald. Thursday, April 2, 1992. pg. 72

[2] Naughton, Lindie (1992) “U.S. Football” Evening Herald. Thursday, April 16, 1992. pg. 63

[3] Naughton, Lindie (1992) “U.S. Football” Evening Herald. Thursday, April 30, 1992. pg. 70


Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith and Ralph Schmeer of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association, and Sean Douglas, Dublin Rebels.

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