Dublin Celts 0 Taunton Raiders 46 (Eastern Football League) Box-Score and Match Report 19 April 1987

Dublin Celts Logo [Ref: 6]

Wanderers Rugby Club, Merrion Road, Dublin 4 – 19 April 1987

Dublin Celts 0 Taunton Raiders 46 – The Taunton Raiders, representing the Semi-Pro Eastern Football League in New England (Massachusetts and surrounding States), United States of America, gave a Footballing lesson to the Dublin Celts, Finalists in the Irish American Football League in 1987.

In their match at Wanderers Rugby Club, on Merrion Road, Dublin 4, the Raiders scored seven touchdowns, the most important just before halftime when the Raiders defence, which was never really put under pressure, intercepted a Celts pass, with Billy Joyce running the ball back 40 yards to the endzone. The Raiders scored four more touchdowns in the second half.

At Wanderers RFC, Merrion Rd, Dublin 4H1H2Total
Taunton Raiders (Eastern Football League)202646
Dublin Celts000
Dublin Celts 0 Taunton Raiders (Eastern Football League) 46 – Box-Score 19 April 1987 [Ref: 1-2]
1st Half
TAUBilly Joyce 40 yd Int Return 20-0
2nd Half
Dublin Celts 0 Taunton Raiders 46 Scorers 19 April 1987 [Ref: 2]



[1] Irish Independent (1987) “U.S. Football” Irish Independent. Monday, April 20, 1987. pg.12 [Internet]

[2] Irish Independent (1987) Your Sports Diary – Tomorrow – American Football Irish Independent. Saturday, April 18, 1987. pg. 16


[3] Britball Now (2016) History of the Game in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/ireland/history-of-the-game-in.html [Accessed 02 October 2016]

[4] Britball Now (2008) UK Clubs Against Foreign Opposition [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/UKClubsForeignOppo.html [Accessed 16 November 2008]

[5] Semi-Pro Football (2017) Eastern Football League Champions [Internet] Available from: http://www.semiprofootball.org/minor/champs/eastfl.htm [Accessed 16 November 2017]


[6] Dublin Celts American Football Team Facebook Page (2016) Photo by Joseph Greene August 28, 2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1421158977901127&set=gm.269427200117075&type=3&theater&ifg=1 [Accessed 3 July 2018]


Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith, Ralph Schmeer and Michael Brophy of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association.

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