Category: European American Football Leagues

ELF European League of Football 2022

Standings

ELF European League of Football Northern Division 2022

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
12001.000625210W2
21100.500644222L1
31100.50059509W1
40200.0004462-18L2

ELF European League of Football Central Division 2022

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
12001.000593326W2
20200.0006978-9L2
30200.0003659-23L2
40200.0003466-32L2

ELF European League of Football Southern Division 2022

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
12001.000623032W2
22001.000574314W2
32001.00089845W2
40200.0004581-36L2

Note: Standings compiled automatically from Results in European League of Football website – For Official Schedule please see References: [1]

Regular Season Schedule

Note: Schedule compiled from Results in European League of Football website – For Official Schedule please see References: [1] For Individual Game References and Quarter-by-Quarter Points please click on each game in the Schedule above.

Weekly Recaps

Week 1 (4-5 June 2022)

Newcomers to the European League of Football, Istanbul Rams were narrowly defeated 38-40 by Cologne Centurions. Rhein Fire, were another new team to ELF, although previously a team named Rhein Fire were in the National Football League Europe League in the 1990s and 2000s. Fire defeated Frankfurt Galaxy 29-26. The other two expansion teams, moving up from the Austrian League and the Big 6 Eurobowl were Raiders Tirol from Innsbruck and Vienna Vikings, who clashed in Innsbruck with Vikings prevailing 29-23.

In other games Barcelona Dragons improved dramatically over last season, winning 38-9 at Stuttgart Surge, while Berlin Thunder were no match for Hamburg Sea Devils, losing 18-43 in the German capital. Meanwhile the sole Slavic team in the ELF, Panthers Wroclaw, won 34-27 at home to Leipzig Kings. [References: S-1 and Individual References in Games]

Week 2 (11-12 June 2022)

Panthers Wroclaw sat atop the Northern Division with a 28-25 victory at Stuttgart Surge who fell to 0-2 in the Central Division. Berlin Thunder gained their first win in the Northern Division with a 41-7 defeat of Istanbul Rams, who were left looking for their first win. Hamburg Sea Devils suffered their first loss of the season going down 21-24 to the Barcelona Dragons, who were top of the Southern Division on 2-0 along with Cologne Centurions and Rhein Fire. The Centurions had a narrow 49-46 victory over Raiders Tirol, who were still looking for a first win in the Central Division while Rhein Fire defeated Northern Division cellar dwellers Leipzig Kings 28-17. The Central Division appeared already to be Vienna Vikings to lose after they moved two games ahead of all three other teams with a 30-10 victory over fellow Central Division team, the Frankfurt Galaxy. [References: S-1 and Individual References in Games]

Map of Europe featuring Team Logos and Locations

Map of Europe featuring European League of Football 2022 Team Logos and Locations [References: M-1]

[M-1] Map Contributor: Rainer Lesniewski (2022) Stock Vector ID: 151344206 europe map [Internet] Available from: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/europe-map-151344206 [Accessed 12 June 2022][Overlaid with ELF Team Logos by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie][Logo References: ELF-1 to ELF-12]

About the European League of Football 2022

In some ways a resurrection of the old National Football League sponsored World League of American Football / National Football League Europe League, the European League of Football is the latest top-level Professional American Football League spanning the continent of Europe. The League resurrected many of the old WLAF and NFLE team names, such as Barcelona Dragons (Catalonia), Frankfurt Galaxy, Berlin Thunder, Hamburg Sea Devils, Rhein Fire and Cologne Centurions, as well as adding new teams Stuttgart Surge and Leipzig Kings (all Germany), and promoting European National League and previously members of other smaller European Professional Leagues, Raiders Tirol and Vienna Vikings (both Austria), Istanbul Rams (Turkey), and Panthers Wroclaw (Poland).

Schedule References

[S-1] European League of Football (2021) Schedule [Internet] Available from: https://europeanleague.football/schedule [Accessed 25 June 2022]

Logo References

[ELF-1] Barcelona Dragons Facebook (2021)Profile Picture: March 24, 2021: 164100830_143302991038424_6685619488922431445_n [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/164100830_143302991038424_6685619488922431445_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&ccb=1-4&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=7nF5AhntfsEAX9glptP&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=a430079a20cfb0956dd3ea5a7c8db22e&oe=61316F91 [Accessed 11 July 2021]

[ELF-2] Panthers Wroclaw Fabecook (2021) profile Picture September 20, 2013 1235513_483738095055993_896136457_n [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/PanthersWroclaw/photos/a.483738081722661/483738095055993/ [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[ELF-3] Hamburg Sea Devils Facebook (2021) Profile Picture March 9, 2021: 159505975_122355319823281_3096303558860788527_n [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/HamburgSeaDevils/photos/a.106420621416751/122355316489948 [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[ELF-4] Stuttgart Surge Facebook (2021) Profile Picture July 27, 2021: 224860379_157740426432198_682630597869113461_n [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/StuttgartSurgeFootball/photos/a.101150422091199/157740416432199/ [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[ELF-5] Leipzig Kings Facebook (2021) Profile Picture April 23, 2021 176481610_124322863083112_5924150060350890678_n [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/105240348324697/photos/a.105240374991361/124322859749779 [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[ELF-6] Cologne Centurions Facebook (2021) Profile Picture March 22, 2021 164225775_104312295086165_3866117950552195047_n [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/164225775_104312295086165_3866117950552195047_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&ccb=1-4&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=q-FxP6s2FecAX8leJ2f&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=b85f562fcd7282fd92b580c46312ec3d&oe=61329D2C [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[ELF-7] Frankfurt Galaxy Facebook (2021) Profile Picture April 18, 2021 175159880_127159659432418_8771340701865027771_n  [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/frankfurtgalaxy21/photos/a.100834638731587/127159656099085 [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[ELF-8] Berlin Thunder Facebook (2021) Profile Picture May 6, 2021 182443261_131030875743347_4880774321224305568_n  [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/BER.Thunder/photos/a.106909338155501/131030872410014/ [Accessed 6 August 2021]

[ELF-9] Istanbul Rams Facebook (2016) Profile Picture, October 15, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/IstanbulRams/photos/a.442986371827/10158396645326828/  [Accessed 22 November 2021][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/243269071_10158396645316828_2189579114400872932_n.png?_nc_cat=101&_nc_rgb565=1&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=4DCxhDp3C4sAX-H9Gxf&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=e9220f74a42bfd5a77c751654cb975ce&oe=61A0FE36 ][Accessed 22 November 2021]

[ELF-10] SWARCO Raiders Tirol Facebook (2018) Profile Picture, October 24, 2018 [Internet] Available from:  https://www.facebook.com/SWARCORaidersTirol/photos/a.428718306297/10156094237966298 [Accessed 22 November 2021][Actual Logo Reference at:  https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/44726413_10156094237971298_8355790253675511808_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=PUm4jRDwCW8AX_FDvaT&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=fca76f2a6975a9347f666a161a47c636&oe=61C0D05C ][Accessed 22 November 2021]

[ELF-11] Rhein Fire Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, September 25, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/rheinfire.football/photos/a.110223358051508/118577120549465/   [Accessed 22 November 2021][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/241280937_118577130549464_5762887138007820785_n.png?_nc_cat=100&_nc_rgb565=1&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=YmhEHOY-jtcAX8lxNFt&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=02dcd3eb9114dce71b510650f2918ae7&oe=61A056EC ][Accessed 22 November 2021]

[ELF-12] AFC Dacia Vienna Vikings Facebook (2016) Profile Picture, May 10, 2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/ViennaVikings/photos/a.10150296666230346/10156908106500346/  [Accessed 22 November 2021][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.18169-9/13178930_10156908106500346_760535454859624943_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=jj_tUZy22F8AX9T2S19&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=8ac0b53a04716a88da7f3daec524750a&oe=61C3031B  ][Accessed 22 November 2021]

Note: for individual game scores and stats view each game [click on the game in the schedule above]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to John Gunning (American Football International); Tomas; Carmine and Morgan (Dublin Bay Raptors)

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

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Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 25 June 2022

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AFVD American Football Verband Deutschland German Bundesliga 1 Overview 1992-1994

AFVD GBL 1 1992

AFVD German Bundesliga 1 North 1992

PosTeamWLTTPPFPA
1*Berlin Adler (C)111022:2330167
2*Cologne Crocodiles102020:440084
3*Düsseldorf Panther84016:8359168
4*Monheim Sharks57010:14265299
5Dortmund Giants4808:16267450
6Berlin Rebels4808:16215383
7Cologne Bears (R)01200:24108395

AFVD German Bundesliga 1 South 1992

PosTeamWLTTPPFPA
1*Munich Cowboys (C)140028:0540160
2*Bad Homburg Falken113022:6432201
3*Noris Rams77014:14315302
4*Regensburg Royals68012:16270392
5Kempten Comets68012:16247329
6Badener Greifs41008:20307445
7Stuttgart Scorpions (R)41008:20241337
8Darmstadt Diamonds (R)41008:20171357

[References: 1-3] Legend/Key: (C) Conference Champions *Qualify for Playoffs (R) Relegated to GBL 2.

Promoted from GBL 2 North: Hamburg Silver Eagles and Solingen Hurricanes

Promoted from GBL 2 South: Hanau Hawks and Rothernburg Knights

AFVD GBL 1 1993

AFVD German Bundesliga 1 North 1993

PosTeamWLTTPPFPA
1*Cologne Crocodiles (C)131026:2635185
2*Berlin Adler121125:3516195
3*Düsseldorf Panther103121:7439159
4*Hamburg Silver Eagles86016:12302307
5Berlin Rebels59010:18281407
6Solingen Hurricanes41008:20165352
7Monheim Sharks (R)31106:22165352
8Dortmund Giants (R)01400:28142726

AFVD German Bundesliga 1 South 1993

PosTeamWLTTPPFPA
1*Munich Cowboys (C)130127:147990
2*Hanau Hawks85117:11322352
3*Rothernburg Knights76115:13325354
4*Noris Rams77014:14245299
5Regensburg Royals67113:15296274
6Kempten Comets (D)58111:17290268
7Badener Greifs (R)4919:19224360
8Bad Homburg Falken (R)31106:22214397

[References: 4-5] (C) Conference Champions *Qualify for Quarter-Finals (R) Relegated to GBL 2 (D) Disbanded

Promoted from GBL 2 North: Braunschweig Lions

Promoted from GBL 2 South: Erding Bulls, Allgäu Comets

AFVD GBL 1 1994

AFVD German Bundesliga 1 North 1994

PosTeamWLTTPPFPA
1*Berlin Adler (C)122024:4449221
2*Düsseldorf Panther122024:4408184
3*Cologne Crocodiles113022:6390243
4*Braunschweig Lions86016:8323315
5Berlin Rebels41008:20288395
6Solingen Hurricanes (R)41008:10245332
7Hamburg Silver Eagles11302:2686329

AFVD German Bundesliga 1 South 1994

PosTeamWLTTPPFPA
1*Hanau Hawks (C)122024:4397124
2*Munich Cowboys113022:6338222
3*Noris Rams 860016:8406254
4*Regensburg Royals77014:14312255
5Rothenburg Knights41008:20158366
6Erding Bulls31106:22163346
7Allgäu Comets (R-D)1802:1674343

AFVD German Bundesliga 1 Playoffs 1994

[References: 6-7] (C) Conference Champions *Qualify for Playoffs (R) Relegated (D) Disbanded

Recap

The American Football Verband Deutschland (AFVD) German Bundesliga 1 1992 German Bowl was won by Düsseldorf Panther, the oldest continually-operating American Football team in both Germany and Europe (founded 1978 – Reference: 8). The Panther were 1983, 1984 and 1986 Champions and their opponents in the German Bowl XIV were Munich Cowboys, founded 1979, who were appearing in their first ever Final having gone 14-0 during the regular season and defeated Monheim Sharks and Cologne Crocodiles in the Playoffs. Düsseldorf Panther had eliminated Bad Homburg Falken and North Conference Champions Berlin Adler in the playoffs. Also qualifying for postseason were Noris Rams and Regensburg Royals. Cologne Bears, Stuttgart Scorpions and Darmstadt Diamonds were all relegated to the GBL 2 North and South, and were replaced by Hamburg Silver Eagles, Solingen Hurricanes, Hanau Hawks and Rothenburg Knights bringing the total number of teams in the GBL 1 for 1993 up to 16. [References: 1-3]

In 1993, Munich Cowboys finally won that first German Bowl, defeating Cologne Crocodiles 42-36 in overtime after a 13-0-1 season, again undefeated, but with one tie that year. The Cowboys had beaten Hamburg Silver Eagles and Berlin Adler on their way to the Championship Game, while Northern Conference Champions Cologne had eliminated Noris Rams and Düsseldorf Panther. Other playoff qualifiers in 1993 were Hanau Hawks and Rothenburg Knights. After the season Monheim Sharks, Dortmund Giants, Badener Greifs and Bad Homburg Falken were all demoted to their respective GBL 2 League and were replaced by Braunschweig Lions, who would go on to become one of the most successful of all German American Football Teams, winning eleven German Bowls by 2018. Also promoted from GBL 2 South were Erding Bulls and Allgäu Comets while Kempten Comets disbanded, leaving the GBL 1 at 14 teams for 1994. [References: 4-5]

The 1994 season featured Inter-locking schedules between the GBL 1 North and GBL 1 South, with each team playing two Inter-Conference games in total versus teams from the opposite Conference. Düsseldorf Panther regained the German Bowl they won in 1992, triumphing 27-17 in the Championship Game versus Northern Conference Champions Berlin Adler. The Panther had eliminated Noris Rams and defending Champions Munich Cowboys in the playoffs while Berlin Adler had defeated Regensburg Royals and Cologne Crocodiles on their way to the Bowl. Also appearing in the playoffs in 1994 were Southern Conference Champions Hanau Hawks, surprisingly eliminated in the Quarter-Finals by Cologne and also Braunschweig Lions. Relegated at the end of the year were Allgäu Comets who struggled in their first year in the top flight and disbanded after nine games, and Solingen Hurricanes. [References: 6-7]

To give the relative strength of Ireland’s National team, the Leprechauns at this time, the following November (3rd November 1995), played Hanau Hawks, who had won the GBL 1 South Championship on a 12-2 record, and lost by only a 6-19 scoreline. [References: 9-10]

References

[1] Ludwig Alberter to Google Groups (1992) German Bundesliga 1 – regular season results [Internet] Available from: https://groups.google.com/g/rec.sport.football.misc/c/Qsr8AiRujdo/m/sy8wvqTfC0UJ?hl=en  [Accessed 19 October 2021]

[2] Ludwig Alberter to Google Groups (1992) German Bowl XIV – October 3, Hannover [Internet] Available from: https://groups.google.com/g/rec.sport.football.misc/c/WTpKnRf5yIc/m/T14I4dRZ8tgJ?hl=en  [Accessed 19 October 2021]

[3] Ludwig Alberter to Google Groups (1992) German Bowl XIV: Duesseldorf 24, Munich 23 [Internet] Available from: https://groups.google.com/g/rec.sport.football.misc/c/dvKUId3oKKw/m/I-PI3w7gmXIJ?hl=en [Accessed 19 October 2021]

[4] Ludwig Alberter to Google Groups (1993) German Bundesliga- playoff, semi-finals [Internet] Available from:  https://groups.google.com/g/rec.sport.football.misc/c/b3Rx8mheLuc/m/HA7oNTXAZ7oJ?hl=en [Accessed 19 October 2021]

[5] Dominik Kubla to Google Groups (1993) German Bowl XV [Internet] Available from: https://groups.google.com/g/rec.sport.football.misc/c/GYKxnqWjI_c/m/HwQRpRTLjq0J?hl=en  [Accessed 19 October 2021]

[6] Ludwig Alberter to Google Groups (1994) [Results] German Bundesliga, playoff – semifinals [Internet] Available from: https://groups.google.com/g/rec.sport.football.misc/c/g_r15bH2H4s/m/tNUkE-jpAHwJ?hl=en  [Accessed 19 October 2021]

WEBSITES

[7] AFVD (2018) Bowls [Internet] Available from: http://www.afvd.de/text.php?Inhalt=bowls&menu=16&HP=AFVD [Accessed 30 December 2018]

[8] Dusseldorf Panther (2022) Historie [Internet] Available from: https://www.duesseldorfpanther.de/verein/historie/ [Accessed 6 April 2022]

[9] Britball Now (2009) British and Irish Friendly results against foreign opposition [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/UKClubsForeignOppo.html [Accessed 16 November 2017]

Newspapers

[10] Anon. (1996) “NORTHANTS MOVEN ON UP” First Down. April 6, 1996.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Ralph Schmeer, Shane Mulcahy and Ciaran Simms

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 6 April 2022

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2022

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved.

NPL National Passball League 1991

Final Standings

NPL National Passball League Central Division 1991

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
1*Cannock Chase Giants5100.83320299103W1
2*Leicester Broncos4200.66719111378W1
3Cambridge All-Stars #0600.00042124-82L6

NPL National Passball League Southern Division 1991

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
1*Thames Valley Thunderbolts6001.00024147194W6
2*London Gators3300.50017812454W3
3Kent Exiles0600.00030377-347L6

Legend / Key: (*) Qualify for Playoffs (#) Forfeited all games after Week 2.

Playoff Schedule

NPL National Passball League Playoffs 1991

Note: For a Recap of the Championship Game, including scorers, please click on the Game in the Schedule Above.

Regular Season Schedule

NPL National Passball League 1991

Match Day Week 1
(Week 1)
21 - 50

Cambridge All-Stars vs Leicester Broncos

(Week 1)
26 - 12

Cannock Chase Giants vs London Gators

(Week 1)
53 - 0

Thames Valley Thunderbolts vs Kent Exiles

Match Day Week 2
(Week 2)
21 - 70

Cambridge All-Stars vs Cannock Chase Giants

(Week 2)
18 - 60

Kent Exiles vs Leicester Broncos

(Week 2)
21 - 56

London Gators vs Thames Valley Thunderbolts

Match Day Week 3
(Week 3)
55 - 0

Cannock Chase Giants vs Kent Exiles

(Week 3)
30 - 12

Thames Valley Thunderbolts vs London Gators

(Week 3)
1 - 0 #

Leicester Broncos vs Cambridge All-Stars

Match Day Week 4
(Week 4)
18 - 29

Leicester Broncos vs Cannock Chase Giants

(Week 4)
52 - 12

London Gators vs Kent Exiles

Match Day Week 5
(Week 5)
14 - 24

Leicester Broncos vs Thames Valley Thunderbolts

(Week 5)
0 # - 1

Cambridge All-Stars vs London Gators

Match Day Week 6
(Week 6)
9:33 pm

Thames Valley Thunderbolts vs Cannock Chase Giants

(Week 6)
9:34 pm

Kent Exiles vs Cambridge All-Stars

(Week 6)
9:37 pm

London Gators vs Leicester Broncos

Match Day Week 7
(Week 7)
21 - 48

Cannock Chase Giants vs Leicester Broncos

(Week 7)
0 - 80

Kent Exiles vs London Gators

(Week 7)
1 - 0 #

Thames Valley Thunderbolts vs Cambridge All-Stars

Match Day Week 8
(Week 8)
0 - 77

Kent Exiles vs Thames Valley Thunderbolts

(Week 8)
1 - 0 #

Cannock Chase Giants vs Cambridge All-Stars

Match Day Semi-Finals
(Semi-Finals)
Win - Loss

Thames Valley Thunderbolts vs Leicester Broncos

(Semi-Finals)
Win - Loss

Cannock Chase Giants vs London Gators

Match Day NPL Championship 1991
(NPL Championship 1991)
41 - 15

Thames Valley Thunderbolts vs London Gators

References: [1-8] Note: It is unknown if the games in week 6 were scheduled to play or not.

REPORT

Cannock Chase Giants won the Eastern Conference title ahead of Broncos, whilst Cambridge pulled out after two games. In the Southern Conference, Thunderbolts won the Conference title, with London Gators qualifying for the playoffs in second place, and Exiles finishing in third.

The Thames Valley Thunderbolts and London Gators won through to the Final, where the Thunderbolts confirmed their dominance all season, with a 41-15 victory. Thames Valley Chargers star Ez Charles scored three touchdowns, and a three-point pass in the second quarter to put the ‘Bolts in a commanding lead at the half which they never relinquished.

Charles scored on a 31 yard run before finding Kenroy Barnett and Andy Tilbury with 23-yard and 16-yard TD Passes. Tibury got a hat-trick of his own, with a 22-yard TD Pass from Joe Greenidge in the first quarter, and a 32-yard Interception Return to finish off the scoring. Andy Tait linked up with Andy Falconer for two TD Passes for some consolation for the London Gators.

About Passball and the NPL

The National Passball League was an Arena-style American Football League in the England, played on a smaller field than a regular American Football field, and with a focus on passing (Passball is played on a 40-yard field with two 8-yard endzones, with five downs or attempts to score, three of which must be passing plays, before the ball is turned over). It is seven-a-side.

REFERENCES

[1] Anon. (1991) “Passball: Benny’s leg up” First Down. 19 October 1991. pg. 23

[2] Anon. (1991) “Passball Week 2 Results” First Down. 26 October 1991. pg. 23

[3] Anon. (1991) “Passball results” First Down. 2 November 1991. pg. 23

[4] Anon. (1991) “Passball results” First Down. 9 November 1991. pg. 23

[5] Anon. (1991) “Passball” First Down. 16 November 1991. pg. 23

[6] Anon. (1991) “Passball” First Down. 23 November 1991. pg. 23

[7] Anon. (1991) “Passball” First Down. 30 November 1991. pg. 23

[8] Anon. (1991) “Passball result” First Down. 7 December 1991. pg. 23

[9] Anon. (1991) “Passball ” First Down. 14 December 1991. pg. 23

[10] Anon. (1991) “Passball: Champ Ez gives ’em a Bolt jolt” First Down. 21 December 1991. pg. 23

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Sean Douglas and Tim Leadingham

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 6 February 2022

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020-2022

You may quote this document in whole or part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved.

BGFL British Gridiron Football League 1987

Standings

BGFL British Gridiron Football League East Division 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Leicester Hunstmen9100.900310113
2*East Kent Cougars7300.700242113
3Boston Blitz5500.500139158
4Rotherham Redskins4600.400150132
5Burton Braves3700.300147323
6Doncaster Jaguars2800.200125276

BGFL British Gridiron Football League West Division 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Mersey Centurions6001.00029048
2*Hartlepool Steelers4200.667100137
3Preston Pirates2400.33311095
4Oldham Phoenix0600.00012232

Playoff Schedule

BGFL British Gridiron Football League Playoffs 1987

Match Day Semi-Finals
(Semi-Finals)
28 - 12

Leicester Huntsmen vs Hartlepool

(Semi-Finals)
28 - 13

Mersey Centurions vs East Kent Cougars

Match Day BGFL Brit Bowl 1987
(BGFL Brit Bowl 1987)
20 - 16

Mersey Centurions vs Leicester Huntsmen

Note: For Scorers in the BGFL Brit Bowl please click on the game in the above schedule.

BGFL West Division 1987 Standings (Pre-Revision)

BGFL British Gridiron Football League West Division (Pre-Revision) 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Mersey Centurions7001.00031848
2*Hartlepool Steelers4300.571100143
3Preston Pirates3400.42913890
4Westhoughton Greyhounds #2300.4003969
5Oldham Phoenix1700.12534261

Note: # Standings were revised after Westhoughton Greyhounds left the League between 22 August 1987 and 29 August 1987. Pre-Revision Standings Provided Here.

REPORT

Ulster’s Geoff Mackey, who was introduced to the game of American Football while studying at Liverpool Polytechnic, played for the Mersey Centurions in 1988, where he reached the Britbowl, losing 20-13 to the Woking Generals. In 1987 the Mersey Centurions had won the Britbowl 20-16 against the Leicester Huntsmen. His exploits for the Centurions saw him called up to the British and Irish Bulldogs for a five-week tour, taking in training in the United States, and then three Test Matches in Australia, from 4 November 1988 to the middle of December.

Recap

The British Gridiron Football League was a Fifth Level American Football League in the North and Midlands of England in 1987, after which it absorbed the Capital League and a large number of UKAFL teams to form a Fourth Level League in 1988. In 1989 it merged with the UKAFL to form the British National Gridiron League, playing Levels 5 to 7 below the NDMA (First Level) and Combined Gridiron League (Levels 2 to 4)

REFERENCES

NEWSPAPERS

[1] Anon. (1987) “Results – Standings – Fixtures: BGFL” First Down. August 22, 1987. pg. 16.Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

[2] Anon. (1987) “Results – Standings – Fixtures: BGFL Final Standings” First Down. August 29, 1987. pg. 17. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

[5] Anon. (1986) “Geoff’s Bulldog spirit” Belfast Telegraph. Thursday, November 3, 1988. pg. 51 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

WEBSITES

[4] Britball Now (2016) Results Section [1987][1988] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 23 March 2017]

IMAGES

[6] Anon. (1986) “Geoff’s Bulldog spirit” Belfast Telegraph. Thursday, November 3, 1988. pg. 51 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

GEO-GENEOLOGY OF IRISH SURNAMES

[6] Vivid Maps (2022) Geo-Geneology of Irish Surnames [Internet] Available from: https://vividmaps.com/irish-surnames/ [Accessed 31 January 2022]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to John Malone, Paul O’Reilly, Declan Mulvey, Colm McGennis.

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 3 February 2022

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020-2022

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved.

BAFA Capital League 1987

Final Standings

BAFA Capital League County Division 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*St. Albans Kestrels8110.85039253
2*F-14 Tomcats7210.750252157
3Chiltern Cheetahs7300.700237131
4Chiltern Panthers (C)3700.300135228
5Tonbridge Tigers2800.20088276
6Bexley Barons2800.20070339

BAFA Capital League City Division 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*London Area Panthers8110.85032665
2Barbarians # (D)6110.75025477
3*Brent Bandits6400.600233166
4London Mets4600.400172139
5Maidstone M20s1710.16758362
6Croydon Coyotes (C)0810.05659307

References: [1-2] Legend / Key: # Barred from Playoffs – last two games not played. (D) Disbanded after season (C) Changed name after season – Chiltern Panthers became Hemel Panthers and Croydon Coyotes became Croydon Cyclones.

Playoffs

BAFA Capital League Playoffs 1987

For a Recap of the Capital Bowl, including scorers, please click on the game above. References: [1-3]

Recap

The 12-team Capital League – a Regional Fifth Division in British American Football in 1987 climaxed with the London Area Panthers triumphing 22-20 over the St. Albans Kestrels in the Capital Bowl after a dropped pass in the dying seconds which would have meant a tying two-point conversion if successful was the difference between the teams [3].

St. Albans had finished top of the County Division with an 8-1-1 record before defeating Brent Bandits 33-8 in the Semi-Finals, while the London Area Panthers also went 8-1-1 in winning the City Division before eliminating F-14 Tomcats 25-6 in the other Semi-Final [1-2].

Irish-named players Nick Griffiths (Quarterback) and Mick Sheelan (Wide Receiver) starred for St. Albans Kestrels [3].

After the season the league in its entirety merged with the British Gridiron Football League (BGFL – a Northern Regional League), the North Wales and West Cheshire American Football League (NWWCAFL) and a large amount of United Kingdom American Football League (UKAFL – the fourth level in 1987) to form the new fourth level league the British National Gridiron League for 1988. The only exception wads the Barbarians who folded after being barred by the Capital League from the Playoffs towards the end of 1987. Six members continued in the old UKAFL as a regional Midlands Fifth Level League.

ABOUT THE BAFA Capital League

The British American Football Association united 100+ teams under the BAFA umbrella for 1987 as the BAFL (British American Football League) ceased to exist with the top three divisions in a league simply called the Budweiser League for sponsorship reasons. The top division was called the National Division, the second level the Premier Division and the third level Division One. Below these three divisions was the UKAFL (United Kingdom American Football League) as a fourth level and then regional leagues making up a fifth level (Thistle League in Scotland, NWWCAFL – North Wales and West Cheshire American Football League, BGFL – British Gridiron Football League – in the North and Capital League in the South East).

REFERENCES

[1] Anon. / Mark Lees (Ed.)(1987) “Results – Standings – Fixtures: Bud Playoffs: National” First Down. August 8, 1987. pg. 16. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

[2] Anon. / Mark Lees (Ed.)(1987) “Results – Standings – Fixtures: Bud Playoffs: National” First Down. August 22, 1987. pg. 16. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

[3] Anon. / Mark Lees (Ed.)(1987) “Results – Standings – Fixtures: Bud Fixtures: National” First Down. August 29, 1987. pg. 17. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

GEO-GENEOLOGY OF IRISH SURNAMES

[6] Vivid Maps (2022) Geo-Geneology of Irish Surnames [Internet] Available from: https://vividmaps.com/irish-surnames/ [Accessed 31 January 2022]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to John Malone, Paul O’Reilly, Declan Mulvey, Colm McGennis.

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 2 February 2022

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BAFA Budweiser League Division 1 1987

Final Standings

BAFA Budweiser League Division 1 Scotland Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Clydesdale Colts (P)8001.00022384
2East Kilbride Pirates4400.500134133
3Ayr Burners3500.375105110
4Inverclyde Crusaders3500.37552113
5Lothian Chieftains2600.250108182

BAFA Budweiser League Division 1 Northern Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Washington Presidents (P)9100.900488235
2Lancashire Chieftains7210.750323196
3Leeds Cobras (P)7210.750297155
4Wirral Wolves (D)7300.700347146
5Warrington Scorpions4510.450220271
6Chester Romans2710.250209256
7Halton Demons (R)1810.15028284
8Stockport Falcons (R-Y)0910.05058427

BAFA Budweiser League Division 1 Central Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*West Bromwich Fireballs (P)9100.90024485
2Mansfield Express (D)7300.700274173
3Stoke Spitfires (P)6400.600249145
4Walsall Titans (P)5500.500229156
5Wolverhampton Outlaws2800.200164320
6Black Country Nailers1900.10076357

BAFA Budweiser League Division 1 South West Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Bristol Packers (P)10001.00067636
2Swansea Dragons (P)8200.800407133
3Newton GWs (R)4600.400217319
4Duchy Destroyers4600.400160373
5Weston Stars (R-C)3700.300214305
6Exeter Eagles (R)1900.10078586

BAFA Budweiser League Division 1 Southern Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Farnham Knights (P)10001.00041464
2South Star Scorpions (P)7300.700259108
3South Coast Sharks6400.600179180
4Merton Admirals4600.40069169
5Hampshire Cavaliers3700.300134243
6Wight Rhinos01000.00061352

BAFA Budweiser League Division 1 South East Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Ashton Oilers (P)9100.90057850
2Eastbourne Crusaders (P)9100.90036979
3Medway Mustangs4600.400274389
4Thanet Vikings4600.400187248
5Grays Saxons (R)4600.400219301
6Ashford Cruisers (R-C)01000.00068628

BAFA Budweiser League Division 1 Eastern Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Basildon Braves (P)7300.700190117
2Norwich Devils7300.70016979
3Herts Phantoms5500.50012991
4Newmarket Hornets (R)5500.500174142
5Southend Sabres5500.500114147
6Southampton Seahawks1900.100112312

BAFA Budweiser League Division 1 Capital Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Ealing Eagles (P)7100.87514140
2Thames Barriers (P)7100.87514998
3Fulham Cardinals4400.50012791
4London Lasers2600.250102162
5Chingford Centurions (R-D)0800.00037165

Legend / Key: * Qualify for Playoffs, (P) Promoted to Budweiser League Premier Division, (R) Relegated to newly-formed British National Gridiron League (a merger of BGFL, Capital League, NWWCAFL and members of UKAFL who left that league), C – Changed name for 1988, D – Disbanded after 1987 season, Y – sat out 1988 to return in 1989. Tie-breaker (1) Head-to-Head.

Playoffs

BAFA Budweiser League Division One Playoffs 1987

Recap

Kent’s Ashton Oilers won the BAFA Budweiser League Division 1 (third level of American Football in Britain) in 1987, defeating Ealing Eagles 27-7 in the Division One Bowl. Ealing had defeated both Eastern Conference Champions Basildon Braves 32-0 in the Eastern Quarter-Final before also blanking Clydesdale Colts 16-0 in the Semi-Finals. The Scotland Conference Champions had shocked high-scoring Northern Conference Champions Washington Presidents 20-19 in the Northern Quarter-Final, with a little luck from a missed Field Goal and a touchdown called back for holding by Washington in the dying minutes of the game [1-4].

Ashton Oilers path to the Bowl was not as straight-forward, having to negotiate Southern Conference Champions, the formidable Farnham Knights, who had a perfect 10-0 regular season, scoring 414 points and only conceding 64 in the process. The Oilers won that game 28-8 before defeating the Bristol Packers 7-6 in the semi-Finals. The Packers had also put up a perfect record in the regular season, putting up a massive 676 points in the process, and only conceding 36. Ealing Eagles had the one loss all season, as did Ashton, to Eastbourne Crusaders, both teams finishing on 9-1 in the regular season, with Ashton winning the head-to-head 51-27 [1-4].

After the season, the eight Conference Champions were promoted to the Premier Division, along with Leeds Cobras, Stoke Spitfires, Walsall Titans, Swansea Dragons, South Star Scorpions, Eastbourne Crusaders and Thames Barriers. Halton Demons were relegated to the British National Gridiron League, along with Stockport Falcons (who sat out 1988 returning in 1989), Newton GWs, Weston Stars (who changed their name to Weston Wolfpack), Exeter Eagles, Grays Saxons, Ashford Cruisers (who changed their name to the Ashford Raiders), Newmarket Hornets and Chingford Centurions (who disbanded after the 1987 season). Wirral Wolves and Mansfield Express disbanded after the season [1-4].

Irish-named running back Paul Reilly starred for Clydesdale Colts [2, 6] For comparison with the Irish American Football League, Ayr Burners defeated IAFL Semi-Finalists in 1987, Belfast Giants 48-0 in 1987, a year after the Burners had defeated Carrickfergus Cougars 28-8. Belfast, by then NI Giants got their revenge in 1988 with a 21-0 win over Ayr in April prior to the season. All three games were played under the name “International Challenge Cup”. Reference: [7].

ABOUT THE BAFA BUDWEISER LEAGUE DIVISION 1

The British American Football Association united 100+ teams under the BAFA umbrella for 1987 as the BAFL (British American Football League) ceased to exist with the top three divisions in a league simply called the Budweiser League for sponsorship reasons. The top division was called the National Division, the second level the Premier Division and the third level Division One. Below these three divisions was the UKAFL (United Kingdom American Football League) as a fourth level and then regional leagues making up a fifth level (Thistle League in Scotland, NWWCAFL – North Wales and West Cheshire American Football League, BGFL – British Gridiron Football League – in the North and Capital League in the South East).

REFERENCES

[1] Anon. / Mark Lees (Ed.)(1987) “Results – Standings – Fixtures: Bud Playoffs: National” First Down. August 8, 1987. pg. 16. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

[2] Anon. / Mark Lees (Ed.)(1987) “Results – Standings – Fixtures: Bud Playoffs: National” First Down. August 22, 1987. pg. 16. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

[3] Anon. / Mark Lees (Ed.)(1987) “Results – Standings – Fixtures: Bud Fixtures: National” First Down. August 29, 1987. pg. 17. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

[4] Nick Richards (2009) “V – Over to You Bud” TD UK. Touchdown UK. pg,. 79-80Author House UK Ltd. Milton Keynes. England. UK.

[5] Keith Webster (1987) “Bud Announces New-Look Elite” First Down. October 24, 1987. pg. 22. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

[7] Anon. (1988) “Giants get their revenge’”Belfast Telegraph. Tuesday, April 12, 1988. pg. 20 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

GEO-GENEOLOGY OF IRISH SURNAMES

[6] Vivid Maps (2022) Geo-Geneology of Irish Surnames [Internet] Available from: https://vividmaps.com/irish-surnames/ [Accessed 31 January 2022]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to John Malone, Paul O’Reilly, Declan Mulvey, Colm McGennis.

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 1 February 2022

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2022

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BAFA Budweiser League Premier Division 1987

Final Standings

BAFA Budweiser League Premier Division Borders Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Edinburgh Eagles701.93818085
2Granite City Oilers620.75015864
3Musselburgh Magnums350.375110131
4Strathclyde Sheriffs152.25094193
5Glasgow Diamonds161.18895164

BAFA Budweiser League Premier Division Northern Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Leeds Cougars10001.00049038
2Scunthorpe Steelers640.600266139
3Wrekin Giants550.500210330
4Locomotive Derby550.500242412
5Manchester Heroes370.300151218
6Crewe Railroaders190.100194416

BAFA Budweiser League Premier Division Central Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Dunstable Cowboys910.90031455
2*Oxford Bulldogs820.80031971
3Rockingham Rebels640.600173102
4King's Lynn Patriots550.500150251
5Birmingham Huskies181.150126262
6Reading Renegades091.05032373

BAFA Budweiser League Premier Division South East Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Colchester Gladiators910.900317103
2*Heathrow Jets910.90027077
3Windsor Monarchs640.600194142
4London Capitals460.400172204
5City of London Stags280.200115247
6Walthamstow Warriors0100.00026231

BAFA Budweiser League Premier Division Southern Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Bournemouth Bobcats820.800352118
2Brighton B-52s820.80030990
3Kent Rams640.600218166
4Crawley Raiders460.400196263
5Portsmouth Warriors460.400211239
6Southern Bengals0100.00057467

BAFA Budweiser League Premier Division South West Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Cotswold Bears910.900336112
2Plymouth Admirals820.800300131
3Hereford Chargers640.600199167
4Torbay Trojans550.500223174
5Witney Wildcats280.20090321
6Taunton Wyverns0100.000104347

Playoffs

BAFA Budweiser League Premier Division Playoffs 1987

Recap

Bournemouth Bobcats and Leeds Cougars gained promotion to the Budweiser League National Division for 1988 after reaching the Premier Bowl, which was won 43-6 by the Bournemouth Bobcats in a surprisingly wide margin. Bournemouth had won the Southern Conference with an 8-2 record, qualifying on head-to-head for the Playoffs over Brighton B-52s (37-33 on points). From there they had defeated Central Conference champions Dunstable Cowboys 30-14, and then South East Conference runners-up Heathrow Jets 28-8 before triumphing in the Premier Bowl. Leeds Cougars had first knocked out Central Conference runners-up Oxford Bulldogs 46-14 before defeating South East Conference Champions Colchester Gladiators 44-22. The other two Playoff Qualifiers were Borders Conference Champions Edinburgh Eagles, eliminated 28-7 by Heathrow Jets in the Quarter-Finals after the Jets had made a 400km journey to Edinburgh from London; and South West Conference Champions Cotswold Bears who were no match for Colchester Gladiators who won 66-0 in their Quarter-Final [1-4].

After the season both Premier Bowl contestants were promoted to the National Division for 1988 [4], and Newcastle Senators, Cardiff Tigers, Swindon Steelers, Cambridge County Cats and Steel City Giants were relegated. After merging as CMK Bucks to compete in the National Division both Coventry and Milton Keynes again went their separate ways and were to compete in the Premier Division for 1988.

ABOUT THE BAFA BUDWEISER LEAGUE Premier DIVISION

The British American Football Association united 100+ teams under the BAFA umbrella for 1987 as the BAFL (British American Football League) ceased to exist with the top three divisions in a league simply called the Budweiser League for sponsorship reasons. The top division was called the National Division, the second level the Premier Division and the third level Division One. Below these three divisions was the UKAFA (United Kingdom American Football Association) as a fourth level and then regional leagues making up a fifth level (Thistle League in Scotland, NWWCAFL – North Wales and West Cheshire American Football League, BNGL – British National Gridiron League – in the North and Capital League in the South East).

REFERENCES

[1] Anon. / Mark Lees (Ed.)(1987) “Results – Standings – Fixtures: Bud Playoffs: National” First Down. August 8, 1987. pg. 16. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

[2] Anon. / Mark Lees (Ed.)(1987) “Results – Standings – Fixtures: Bud Playoffs: National” First Down. August 22, 1987. pg. 16. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

[3] Anon. / Mark Lees (Ed.)(1987) “Results – Standings – Fixtures: Bud Fixtures: National” First Down. August 29, 1987. pg. 17. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

[4] Nick Richards (2009) “V – Over to You Bud” TD UK. Touchdown UK. pg,. 79-80Author House UK Ltd. Milton Keynes. England. UK.

[5] Keith Webster (1987) “Bud Announces New-Look Elite” First Down. October 24, 1987. pg. 22. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

GEO-GENEOLOGY OF IRISH SURNAMES

[6] Vivid Maps (2022) Geo-Geneology of Irish Surnames [Internet] Available from: https://vividmaps.com/irish-surnames/ [Accessed 31 January 2022]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Enda Fahy.

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 1 February 2022

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BAFA Budweiser League National Division 1987

Final Standings

Budweiser League National Division Northern Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Manchester Allstars10001.000387117
2*Fylde Falcons640.600342205
3Newcastle Senators (R)370.300124360
4Glasgow Lions370.300121200
5Manchester Spartans280.200137330

Budweiser League National Division Western Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Leicester Panthers910.900318149
2*Birmingham Bulls730.700224132
3Nottingham Hoods730.700217154
4Cardiff Tigers (R)280.200131280
5Swindon Steelers (R)181.150138263

Budweiser League National Division Eastern Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*Luton Flyers820.800293136
2*Chelmsford Cherokee820.800202115
3CMK Coventry-Milton Keynes Bucks550.500209267
4Northants Stormbringers370.300177212
5Cambridge Cats (R)091.050152361

Budweiser League National Division Southern Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
1*London Ravens10001.00041286
2*London Olympians640.600266121
3Slough Silverbacks550.500243214
4Thames Valley Chargers460.400168207
5Steel City Giants (R)0100.00057424

Legend / Key: *Qualified for Playoffs. (R) Relegated to Premier Division for 1988. Tiebreaker: (1) Head-to-Head.

Playoffs

BAFA Budweiser League National Division Playoffs 1987

Match Day Quarter-Finals
(Quarter-Finals)
41 - 0

London Ravens vs Fylde Falcons

(Quarter-Finals)
26 - 25

Manchester Allstars vs London Olympians

(Quarter-Finals)
41 - 0

Leicester Panthers vs Chelmsford Cherokee

(Quarter-Finals)
37 - 17

Luton Flyers vs Birmingham Bulls

Match Day Semi-Finals
(Semi-Finals)
Loss - Win

Luton Flyers vs London Ravens

(Semi-Finals)
Win - Loss

Manchester Allstars vs Leicester Panthers

Match Day Budweiser Bowl III
(Budweiser Bowl III)
40 - 23

London Ravens vs Manchester Allstars

Match Day Quarter-Finals
(Quarter-Finals)
46 - 14

Leeds Cougars vs Oxford Bulldogs

(Quarter-Finals)
7 - 28

Edinburgh Eagles vs Heathrow Jets

(Quarter-Finals)
14 - 30

Dunstable Cowboys vs Bournemouth Bobcats

(Quarter-Finals)
0 - 66

Cotswold Bears vs Colchester Gladiators

Match Day Semi-Finals
(Semi-Finals)
22 - 44

Colchester Gladiators vs Leeds Cougars

(Semi-Finals)
8 - 28

Heathrow Jets vs Bournemouth Bobcats

Match Day Premier Bowl
(Premier Bowl)
6 - 43

Leeds Cougars vs Bournemouth Bobcats

Match Day Quarter-Finals
(Quarter-Finals)
20 - 19

Clydesdale Colts vs Washington Presidents

(Quarter-Finals)
12 - 7

Bristol Packers vs West Bromwich Fireballs

(Quarter-Finals)
8 - 28

Farnham Knights vs Ashton Oilers

(Quarter-Finals)
32 - 0

Ealing Eagles vs Basildon Braves

Match Day Semi-Finals
(Semi-Finals)
0 - 16

Clydesdale Colts vs Ealing Eagles

(Semi-Finals)
6 - 7

Bristol Packers vs Ashton Oilers

Match Day Division One Bowl
(Division One Bowl)
7 - 27

Ealing Eagles vs Ashton Oilers

Recap

The 1987 season was the fourth season of organised American Football Leagues in Britain other than those for US Air Force and Army teams stationed on the island. The Budweiser League’s top Division – the National Division – was contested by 20 teams in four Conferences of five teams – Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern – and the London Ravens (Britain’s first American Football Club, formed in 1983) again emerged the top team, winning their third Bowl game in as many years, 43-20 versus Manchester Allstars [1-4].

Two Irish-named Quarterbacks starred for Birmingham Bulls (Trevor Carthy) and Fylde Falcons (Pat Brennan) while Mike Delaney starred for London Ravens at wide receiver. [References: 6]

After the season, the lowest-ranked team in each Conference was relegated, along with Cardiff Tigers and Bournemouth Bobcats and Leeds Cougars, the Premier Bowl contestants promoted to the National Division. With CMK Bucks (Coventry-Milton Keynes) splitting up again after their merger and also taking part in the Premier Division, and Slough Silverbacks disbanding it left a 15-team National Division for 1988, divided into three Conferences: North, Central and South. [5] Note: for Match Reports and scorers for the Playoffs please click on individual games in the list above.

About the BAFA Budweiser League National Division

The British American Football Association united 100+ teams under the BAFA umbrella for 1987 as the BAFL (British American Football League) ceased to exist with the top three divisions in a league simply called the Budweiser League for sponsorship reasons. The Top division was called the National Division, the second level, the Premier Division and the third level Division One. Below these three divisions was the UKAFA (United Kingdom American Football Association) as a fourth level and then regional leagues making up a fifth level (Thistle League in Scotland, NWWCAFL – North West and Welsh Counties American Football League, BNGL – British National Gridiron League – in the North and Capital League in the South East).

References

[1] Anon. / Mark Lees (Ed.)(1987) “Results – Standings – Fixtures: Bud Playoffs: National” First Down. August 8, 1987. pg. 16. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

[2] Anon. / Mark Lees (Ed.)(1987) “Results – Standings – Fixtures: Bud Playoffs: National” First Down. August 22, 1987. pg. 16. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

[3] Anon. / Mark Lees (Ed.)(1987) “Results – Standings – Fixtures: Bud Fixtures: National” First Down. August 29, 1987. pg. 17. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

[4] Nick Richards (2009) “V – Over to You Bud” TD UK. Touchdown UK. pg,. 79-80. Author House UK Ltd. Milton Keynes. England. UK.

[5] Keith Webster (1987) “Bud Announces New-Look Elite” First Down. October 24, 1987. pg. 22. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

Geo-Geneology of Irish Surnames

[6] Vivid Maps (2022) Geo-Geneology of Irish Surnames [Internet] Available from: https://vividmaps.com/irish-surnames/ [Accessed 31 January 2022]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Enda Fahy.

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 1 February 2022

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2022

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EFAF European Federation of American Football Eurobowl 1998

EFAF European Federation of American Football Logo / References: [1]

Schedule

EFAF European Federation of American Football Eurobowl 1998

Recap

Hamburg Blue Devils won their third Eurobowl title in a row in 1998, after gaining a bye into the Semi-Finals and defeating first fellow German team Braunschweig Lions 24-14, and then in Eurobowl XII La Corneuve Flash from Paris, France 38-19 in Eurobowl XII, held the day after American Independence Day. The other Semi-Final saw La Corneuve Flash defeat Finland’s Helsinki Roosters 47-30. In all seven National Champions entered Europe’s most prestigious tournament for teams with mainly European National players. Austria’s Levi’s Graz Giants, Stockholm Mean Machine from Sweden and Italy’s Bologna Phoenix had been eliminated in the Quarter-Finals [2].

ABOUT THE EUROBOWL

The Eurobowl is the most prestigious American Football Tournament in Europe for the Champions of Europe’s National Leagues. First played in 1986 it is Europe’s version of the Super Bowl. Ireland’s Champions were not represented in 1998 after having withdrawn from the European Federation of American Football in 1992.

IMAGES

[1] American Football International (2013) EFAF Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootballinternational.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/EFAF_logo.gif [Accessed 30 August 2017]

References

[2] SAJL (2002) Amerikkalaisen Jalkapollon Vuosikirija 2002 [Internet] Available from: https://sajl-fi-bin.directo.fi/@Bin/bed8392ef17f2e1c6a34e267defc200a/1586084220/application/pdf/2289128/sajl%20vuosikirja%202002.pdf [Accessed 5 April 2020]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Ralph Schmeer (IAFOA)

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FEFA Federación Española de Fútbol Americano LNFA Serie A 2021

LNFA SerieA Logo 2021 [References: 5]

Final Standings

FEFA Federación Española de Fútbol Americano LNFA Serie A Grupo Este 2021

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet Pts
17100.875254100154
25300.62522217656
34400.500156208-52
41700.125125279-154

FEFA Federación Española de Fútbol Americano LNFA Serie A Grupo Oeste 2021

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet Pts
17100.875269114155
26200.750354182166
32600.250119277158
40800.00067230163

Playoffs

FEFA Federación Española de Fútbol Americano LNFA Serie A Playoffs 2021

Recap

Badalona Dracs defeated Las Rozas Black Demons 31-21 to lift their 11th Spanish Bowl title in 2021. Both teams had finished top of their respective groups in the regular season with a 7-1 record, Dracs the East Group, and Black Demons the West Group before knocking out Rivas Osos and Mallorca Voltors respectively in the Semi-Finals.

The LNFA (Liga National de Fútbol Americano) Serie A as the top Division in Spain is called was organized in two Groups of 4 (East and West) with the top two in each Group qualifying for the Semi-Finals after an 8-game season. There was no relegation following the season, and Barberà Rookies and L’Hospitalet Pioners were both promoted from Serie B for 2022.

Map of Spain (2022) Showing LNFA Serie A Team Logos and Locations 2021

[14] Vector illustration of Spain map Item ID: 602171519 Contributor: Porcupen [Internet] Available from: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/vector-illustration-spain-map-602171519 [Accessed 15 January 2022][Combined with Logos of LNFA Serie A teams by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie [15 January 2022]

References

[1] FEFA (2022) LNFA Serie A [Internet] Available from: https://www.fefa.es/lnfa-serie-a/ [Accessed 15 January 2022]

[2] FEFA (2022) LNFA Serie A  LG OLED Black Demons – Mallorca Voltors 01/05/2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.fefa.es/event/lg-oled-black-demons-mallorca-voltors-2/ [Accessed 15 January 2022]

[3] FEFA (2022) LNFA Serie A Lidertel Badalona Dracs – Rivas Osos 02/05/2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.fefa.es/event/lidertel-badalona-dracs-rivas-osos-2/ [Accessed 15 January 2022]

[4] FEFA (2022) LNFA Serie A LG OLED Black Demons – Lidertel Badalona Dracs [Internet] Available from: https://www.fefa.es/event/lg-oled-black-demons-lidertel-badalona-dracs-2/ [Accessed 15 January 2022]

League Logo References

[5] FEFA (2021) LNFA-SerieA [Internet] Available from: https://www.fefa.es/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/LNFA-SerieA.png [Accessed 15 January 2022]

Team Logo references

[6] Badalona Dracs Facebook (2016) Profile Picture, November 27, 2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/BdnDracs/photos/a.448319372008151/692392684267484/ [Accessed 15 January 2022][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.18172-8/15235940_692392684267484_470393249233941733_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=S8VnJ-6sRy0AX9wjgDA&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=00_AT_lCBjAnVMe7eRDDBkxfvcaBBOfZJDDCKQF9EcZnn-qAA&oe=62074FD7 ][Accessed 15 January 2022]

[7] Fuengirola Potros Facebook (2020) Profile Picture, October 24, 2020 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/fuengirolapotros/photos/a.1606844222883156/2847224392178460/  [Accessed 15 January 2022][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/122381571_2847224395511793_7005677747346202009_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=gL8Gf2z-kTwAX_KhCd3&tn=7uF7rGUPgPXI7zGG&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=00_AT9L486pfEI3kx1UfOujUmUxkHaOXJnEIkQ0kEzzIfnbIg&oe=6206D7E8 ][Accessed 15 January 2022]

[8] Gijón Mariners Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, June 29, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/gijonmariners/photos/a.161023517279529/4103173679731140 [Accessed 15 January 2022][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/205607754_4103173686397806_4859039493608902654_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_rgb565=1&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=1WyelcXNvMsAX8aMvDU&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=00_AT9NeuA_J8ejj21g6xdIBIA-IKlFrOqzeL6hJ_VLYGQ-AQ&oe=620758DF ][Accessed 15 January 2022]

[9] Black Demons Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, January 11, 2022 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=338527798274189&set=a.221857476607889 [Accessed 15 January 2022][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/271787553_338527794940856_8701818052545104935_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&_nc_rgb565=1&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=bo4GxbIaniUAX_JhpBT&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=00_AT-LO1iK2X_iUckx9e6BUnSBlpENu7pvDatZ6GbzmblJ_w&oe=61E845FD ][Accessed 15 January 2022]

[10] Mallorca Voltors Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, August 7, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=231310595662485&set=a.231310565662488 [Accessed 15 January 2022][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/233204682_231310622329149_837851982570060916_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=41lWZtJYMfoAX88eh3E&tn=7uF7rGUPgPXI7zGG&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=00_AT9emyFIt9yew3pyRp98_nyl5lIDCGdKfIR9pct3sl3GnA&oe=61E84CCC ][Accessed 15 January 2022]

[11] Murcia Cobras Facebook (2020) Profile Picture, October 13, 2020 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/murcia.cobras/photos/a.704937782856700/3992545477429231 [Accessed 15 January 2022][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/121099477_3992545484095897_855290979051338570_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=YnjK-yow3X8AX_OpGFH&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=00_AT8Q41z8V6dT6OOChgTShYAeMXDQgEPVkz_RZ8C_uP6TvQ&oe=6206D0B1 ][Accessed 15 January 2022]

[12] Rivas Osos Facebook (2020) Profile Picture, March 17, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=132648518825486&set=a.132648488825489 [Accessed 15 January 2022][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/161675549_132648528825485_651303566122033287_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=Dolx9RfuZCIAX8Jc7Ri&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=00_AT9G5KEa6YiBNj6_ZIG-fc-QgzgYWUkVKnhnK_LS245Okw&oe=62097B51 ][Accessed 15 January 2022]

[13] Zaragoza Hurricanes Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, June 16, 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=199814812077963&set=a.138653178194127 [Accessed 15 January 2022][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/200093416_199814815411296_5123520698287118736_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=zFoyucBICqkAX-vTKSW&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=00_AT8fhqooNKvhLh5VCuDdhbxBf1VadmxRRZfbRx2kYVSLpg&oe=6209B55E ][Accessed 15 January 2022]

Map References

[14] Vector illustration of Spain map Item ID: 602171519 Contributor: Porcupen [Internet] Available from: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/vector-illustration-spain-map-602171519 [Accessed 15 January 2022][Combined with Logos of LNFA Serie A teams by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie [15 January 2022]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Nora Mulcahy and Richard D Mulcahy

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