Category: Early Irish American Football (1983-1986)

AFAI American Football Association of Ireland Challenge Games 1986

Standings

AFAI American Football Association of Ireland Challenge 1986

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
0East Coast Comets0000.0000000
0Portmarnock0000.0000000

Schedule

AFAI American Football Association Challenge 1986

Note: Exact Date in March of East Coast v Portmarnock game unknown, approximation given above.

Recap

With a squad of about 20-30 players Bray’s East Coast Comets in Co. Wicklow were due to meet a team from Portmarnock in March 1986 in an early game of American Football, which would probably have been a pre-pads version of the game, played with some contact but not Flag Football.

References

[1] Anon. (1986) “American football comes to Bray Area” Wicklow People 14 February 1986. pg. 39.

[2] Jan van Embden (1986) “Your chance to try American football” Wicklow People. Friday, 11 April 1986. pg. 40.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Anton “Pippo” O’Grady.

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Last Updated: 16 January 2022

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Yankees Pre-AFAI Irish American Football Team 1983

Results

Yankees All-American Festival Result 1983

Match Day All-American Evening
(All-American Evening)
7:15 pm

Redskins vs Yankees

REPORT

An All-American Evening at Rifle Park, Banbridge, Co. Down on Friday Evening, the 19th August, 1983, was to have included an American Football game between two teams of specially-trained Rugby players. The “Redskins” versus “Yankees” was to be the highlight of the evening which also had all the razzamatazz of cheerleaders and bands.

The match, if it actually went ahead, would push back the history of Irish American Football a further year. As it Currently stands the Dublin Celts are the first ever Irish American Football Team, founded in 1984, and the first ever match between two Irish teams (A Flag Football match) took place in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, in 1985, between the Tyrone Tornadoes and Coleraine Chieftains.

It is unlikely the teams were kitted, so it may have been something similar to Ohio League American Football in the USA in the early 20th Century, which would have looked more like Rugby Union or Rugby League than the modern game of American Football.

REFERENCES

[1] Anon. (1983) “Shoot-out at Rifle Park”, Belfast Telegraph. Wednesday, August 17, 1983. pg. 34 [Past editions of the Irish Newspaper Archive are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ ]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to David Turner (Belfast Blitzers) and Anton “Pippo” O’Grady.

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Redskins Pre-AFAI Irish American Football Team 1983

Results

Redskins All-American Evening Festival Team Results 1983

Match Day All-American Evening
(All-American Evening)
7:15 pm

Redskins vs Yankees

REPORT

An All-American Evening at Rifle Park, Banbridge, Co. Down on Friday Evening, the 19th August, 1983, was to have included an American Football game between two teams of specially-trained Rugby players. The “Redskins” versus “Yankees” was to be the highlight of the evening which also had all the razzamatazz of cheerleaders and bands.

The match, if it actually went ahead, would push back the history of Irish American Football a further year. As it Currently stands the Dublin Celts are the first ever Irish American Football Team, founded in 1984, and the first ever match between two Irish teams (A Flag Football match) took place in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, in 1985, between the Tyrone Tornadoes and Coleraine Chieftains.

It is unlikely the teams were kitted, so it may have been something similar to Ohio League American Football in the USA in the early 20th Century, which would have looked more like Rugby Union or Rugby League than the modern game of American Football.

REFERENCES

[1] Anon. (1983) “Shoot-out at Rifle Park”, Belfast Telegraph. Wednesday, August 17, 1983. pg. 34 [Past editions of the Irish Newspaper Archive are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ ]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to David Turner (Belfast Blitzers) and Anton “Pippo” O’Grady.

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

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Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 3 January 2022

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All-American Football Games 1983

Schedule

All-American Friendlies

Match Day All-American Evening
(All-American Evening)
7:15 pm

Redskins vs Yankees

Report

An All-American Evening at Rifle Park, Banbridge, Co. Down on Friday Evening, the 19th August, 1983, was to have included an American Football game between two teams of specially-trained Rugby players. The “Redskins” versus “Yankees” was to be the highlight of the evening which also had all the razzamatazz of cheerleaders and bands.

The match, if it actually went ahead, would push back the history of Irish American Football a further year. As it Currently stands the Dublin Celts are the first ever Irish American Football Team, founded in 1984, and the first ever match between two Irish teams (A Flag Football match) took place in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, in 1985, between the Tyrone Tornadoes and Coleraine Chieftains.

It is unlikely the teams were kitted, so it may have been something similar to Ohio League American Football in the USA in the early 20th Century, which would have looked more like Rugby Union or Rugby League than the modern game of American Football.

References

[1] Anon. (1983) “Shoot-out at Rifle Park”, Belfast Telegraph. Wednesday, August 17, 1983. pg. 34 [Past editions of the Irish Newspaper Archive are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ ]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to David Turner (Belfast Blitzers) and Anton “Pippo” O’Grady.

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Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 5 September 2021

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Irish American Football Association Pick-Up Games 1985-86

Teams

TeamsPWLTPFPAPct
Kitted
Dublin Celts Green100166.500
Dublin Celts Orange100166.500
Non-Kitted
University College Dublin
Marlay Chargers
[References: 1-2]

Results

DateHome TeamAway Team
Week 1St. Paul’s Park Raheny
05.01.1986Dublin Celts Green6Dublin Celts Orange6
[References: 1-2]

Report

In the early days of American Football in Ireland, before pads and helmets, pick-up games were organised in University College Dublin, Marlay Park (Rathfarnham) and St. Paul’s Park, Raheny. Dublin Celts became the first team in Ireland to become fully kitted in 1985, and while not playing International matches against Wirral Wolves and Newcastle senators from England, played matches among their own members in Raheny. One such match, just after New Years Day in 1986, featuring Irish Press reporter Sean Mannion, ended one Touchdown each.

References

Social Media

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Newspapers

[2] Sean Mannion (1986) “Touchdown, Dublin Celts” Irish Press. Monday, January 6, 1986. pg. 9.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Brian Manning & Anthony “Pippo” O’Grady

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Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 26 January 2021

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