Caledonian Thistle American Football League 1987-1988

Thistle League 1987

*Dundee Whalers101000453931.000
Fife 49ners10730297181.700
Strathmore Scorpions10640196156.600
Ness Monsters10550252268.500
Barrhead Redhawks1018162325.150
Capital Clansmen10091100337.050
Thistle League 1987 Standings [Reference: 1]

Caledonian American Football League 1988

*Strathclyde Sheriffs101000284171.000
*Ness Monsters10640260116.600
Glasgow Diamonds10640208162.600
Forth Valley Generals10640166137.600
Strathmore Scorpions1045191139.450
Capital Clansmen10451136141.450
Inverclyde Comets10010026466.000
Caledonian American Football League Standings 1988 [Reference: 2]
DateHome TeamAway Team
07.08.1988Ness MonstersStrathclyde Sheriffs
Caledonian American Football League Playoffs 1988 [Reference: 3]


The Thistle League was won by Dundee Whalers with a perfect 10-0 record, with Fife 49ners, Strathmore Scorpions and Ness Minsters finishing mid-table. Barrhead Redhawks and Capital Clansmen finished bottom, losing all games against the other teams, and only separated by the Redhawks forfeit win over the Clansmen (the other match between the clubs ended in a tie)

The League became the Caledonian American Football League in 1988, after Dundee Whalers and Fife 49ners moved the Budweiser League Division 1 (essentially a Promotion). The League, however, gained the Glasgow Diamonds, Forth Valley Generals and Inverclyde Comets. Another new side Strathclyde Sheriffs won the Regular Season with a perfect 10-0 record, meeting the Ness Monsters (Inverness) in the Final.

The League became part of the Combined Gridiron League in 1989, which was a league set up to unite all the different regional leagues below the Budweiser League.


The Thistle League and Caledonian American Football League were two related independent American Football Leagues in Scotland in the late 1980s. They were both essentially the fourth level of Scottish American Football, with the top teams competing in three levels of the Budweiser League, the main British League at the time.


Sources / Newspapers

[1] Anon. (1987) “Results Standings Fixtures” First Down. August 29, 1987. pg,. 17

[2] Anon. (1988) “Scoreboard” American Football News. August 4, 1988. pg.


Colm Murray & Patrick McDonald

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