Coleraine Chieftains Irish Flag Football Team 1985-1986; 2001-2002

coleraine-chieftans-logoColeraine Chieftains logo 2002 [Reference: 6]

NIAFA Senior Flag Team 1985-1986; IAFA Senior Flag Team 2001-2002


Home Ground:



Career Record (W-L-T): Total: / Regular Season: 1-2-0 (Complete Record Unknown)

History: Second ever Contact team formed after the Dublin Celts in 1985, and played first ever American Football match in Ireland between two Irish teams – a Flag Football match against the Tyrone Tornadoes on Omagh. 

Were resurrected by former players in 2001, after the restart of the Irish American Football Association, and played two matches against Belfast Bulls, the first on the 17th Anniversary to the day of the first match against Tyrone Tornadoes.

Year-by-Year Record

YearRegular SeasonPost-SeasonInternational
2001-02IAFA Flag2110.500

Results 1985

112.05.1985ATyrone Tornadoes  
21985HBelfast BlitzersL 

Results 2001-02

312.05.2002ABelfast BullsL8-16
409.06.2002HBelfast BullsW12-8


Coleraine Chieftains (Blue) v Belfast Blitzers (Red) – Coleraine 1985 [Reference:7]



[1] Irish American Football Association | Wayback Machine (2007) A BRIEF HISTORY OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL IN IRELAND [Internet] available from: [Accessed 6 July 2017]


[2] Anon. (1985) “American Football” Strabane Chronicle. Saturday, May 11, 1985. pg. 9 [Internet] Available Online from the Irish Newspaper Archive at: – The Irish Newspaper Archive is a subscription service)

Social Media

[3] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Comments on Post by David Turner, August 12-17, 2019 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 17 August 2019]

[4] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook Page (2013) Post November 3, 2013: “Belfast Blitzers V Coleraine Chieftains, Flag Football Game, circa 1985. These photos were taken at Coleraine. “ [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 2 April 2019]

Internet Archive

[5] Wayback Machine – Irish American Football Scene (2002) Chieftans and Bulls slug it out [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 6 July 2018]


[6] Coleraine Chieftans (2002) Coleraine Chieftans: Chief Image [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 18 July 2018]

[7] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook Page (2013) Post November 3, 2013: “Belfast Blitzers V Coleraine Chieftains, Flag Football Game, circa 1985. These photos were taken at Coleraine. “ [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 2 April 2019]


Thanks to David Turner, Belfast Blitzers

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Last Updated: 2 March 2020

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