Belfast Blitzers American Football Ireland Team 1985-1988

Belfast Blitzers Logo

IAFL Senior Team 1986-1988

Home Ground: Cooke Rugby Club, Belfast [2]

Colours: Red / Red / White [2]

Honours: Shamrock Bowl Runners-Up 1988 / Conference Champions 1987, 1988. IAFA Champions 1986, NIAFA Champions 1986.

History: The fourth team formed in Ireland in March 1985, and the second to become fully-kitted in March 1986, after the Dublin Celts [Reference: 8]. The Blitzers were one of the top teams in the early years of the IAFL, winning their Conference in both full IAFL seasons they played, losing to the Craigavon Cowboys in the Semi-Finals in 1987, and the Dublin Celts in Shamrock Bowl III in 1988. Won the IAFA Championship & NIAFA Championship in 1986 but declined to take part in the Shamrock Bowl. [1][4][5]

Home Venue Map

Year-by-Year Record

 LgeRS W-L-TPts / PosPS W-L-TChampOtherChamp
1986IAFL3-1-0   NIAFA  
1987IAFL9-1-0,900 / 1st0-1-0 0-0-00
1988IAFL5-1-0.833 /1st1-1-0 0-0-0 

Links to Year-by-Year Rosters & Match Reports



Belfast Blitzers Team Photo 1986 [6]

1986 Results

 01.06.86ADublin CeltsL7-46
 22.06.86HDublin CeltsW24-20
 1986HCraigavon CowboysW46-0
 1986ACraigavon CowboysW40-0


1987 Results

127.04.87AEast Side JetsW92-0
310.05.87AJordanstown JaguarsW28-0
524.05.87HColeraine ChieftansW52-0
631.05.87HBangor BuccaneersW76-0
921.06.87HBelfast SpartansW53-0
1028.06.87ACraigavon CowboysW22-0
1502.08.87HBelfast GiantsW38-3
1616.08.87ADublin CeltsL14-26
1725.08.87ACarrickfergus CougarsW36-6
SF12.09.87HCraigavon CowboysL20-28


1988 Results

117.04.88HDublin CeltsL7-20
308.05.88HCraigavon CowboysW14-3
529.05.88ADublin TornadoesW36-6
612.06.88HDublin TornadoesW40-0
719.06.88HDublin CeltsW20-19
924.07.88ACraigavon CowboysW19-3
SF14.08.88HCraigavon CowboysW26-12
SB III21.08.87NDublin CeltsL6-34



[1] Britball Now (2016) Results Section [1986] [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 23 March 2017]

[2] Britball Now (2016) Belfast Blitzers [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 4 July 2018]

[3] Irish American Football Association (2018) Shamrock Bowl History [Internet] Available from: h [Accessed 23 March 2018]

[4] Britball Now (2016) Results Section [1987] [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 23 March 2017]

[5] Britball Now (2016) Results Section [1988] [Other Kitted] [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 27 February 2017]


[6] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Team Photo Post by Billy Graham, August 3, 2019 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 9 August 2019]

[7] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Belfast Blitzers Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 August 2019]


[8] Stacher, Steve (1987) “An Official History of American Football Ireland” Receiver. 1987.


Thanks to David Turner

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Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

REirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 19 November 2020

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One comment

  1. The game results are not accurate. We played the Cowboys at Shane Park Rugby Club between both Celts games and won 40-0 , it’s documented in the Belfast Telegraph and the photos are on our FB page. T he Aldergrove Hawks game was a flag football game played in 1985 at Cherryvale playing fields in Belfast and we defiantly played the Celts twice in 1987.

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