Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge 1997-2005

Results 1997-2005

YearLocationHome Team Away Team 
1997DublinDrimnagh Cycos12Leicester Europa Eagles6
1998LeicesterLeicester Europa Eagles24Drimnagh Cycos12
1999DublinDrimnagh Cycos20Leicester Europa Eagles12
2000-01LeicesterLeicester Europa Eagles8Drimnagh Cycos12
2001Sallins, KildareDrimnagh Cycos49Leicester Europa Eagles6
2002DublinDrimnagh Cycos12Leicester Europa Eagles12
2003DublinDrimnagh Cycos6Leicester Europa Eagles12
2004Marlay Pk, DublinDrimnagh Cycos6Leicester Europa Eagles26
2005Phoenix Pk, DublinDrimnagh Cycos6Leicester Europa Eagles34


Note: the 2000 fixture was held over to 2001

Record: Drimnagh Cycos 4 Wins / Leicester Europa Eagles 4 Wins / 1 Tie



From 1997 to 2005 the Drimnagh Cycos (Ireland) and the Leicester Europa Eagles (England) competed for the Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge Trophy. These matches were the first International matches involving Irish or British Flag Football Teams. Matches played in Leiceser were played under 5-a-side Rules while matches in Dublin were played under Irish 7-a-side Rules, where every man is an eligible receiver, which was then-current in Ireland.


[1] Anon. (1997) “Eagles lose to Cycos in Dublin Challenge Match”. First Down, August 2 1997

[2] Anon. (1998) “Eagles soar over Irish challengers”. First Down, Saturday, May 16 1998,, pg. 21

[3] Anon. (1999) “Flying high for the Irish title”. First Down, June 3-9 1999

[4] Anon. (1999) “Cycos path to Glory”. First Down, June 17-23 1999, pg. 19


[5] Britball Now (2018) History of the game in Ireland [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 25 October 2016]


Thanks to Peter Mullen, Drimnagh Cycos.

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