European Theater of Operations (ETO) Football Championship Spring 1943

Final Standings

Yarvard Crimson Tide33007361.000
Tech Fighting Irish1010619.000
Hale Blue Devils2020054.000
ETO Championship Spring Final Standings 1943 [Ref: 1]


Game 1White City Stadium, London
08.05.1943Yarvard Crimson Tide19Tech Fighting Irish6
Game 2Ninian Park, Cardiff
10.06.1943Yarvard Crimson Tide14Hale Blue Devils0
ChampionshipEastville Stadium, Bristol
26.06.1943Yarvard Crimson Tide40Hale Blue Devils0
ETO Championship Spring Results 1943 [Ref: 1]


From 1942-1943 the US Army played a series of American Football matches in Northern Ireland, Wales & England in aid of the Red Cross. Teams were named Tech (Engineering), Hale (Infantry) and Yarvard (Artillery).

Irish and British newspaper readers would have been familiar with reports in the papers of US College Football, and the team names reflect this (Yarvard and Hale are not mis-spellings, but the names reflect the Ivy League Colleges of Harvard and Yale, similarly Tech is a nod to the big American Tech Colleges.

After the ETO Championship in Northern Ireland in 1942, in spring the following year (1943), the European Theater of Operations Championship was organised in England & Wales, with the teams given the nicknames Fighting Irish (Tech – a nod to Notre Dame), Blue Devils (Hale – after Duke University) and Crimson Tide (Yarvard – in honour of Alabama University).

The Crimson Tide won all three matches played in front of the public, attracting crowds of 25,000 (London), 7, 000 (Cardiff), and 6, 000 (Bristol).



[1] Foglio, Massimo & Ford, Mark L. (2017) Touchdown in Europe – How American Football Came to the Old Continent. pg. 47-82. Published by the author.


Thanks to Todd Zboyan, Sondra Maher, Rick Kelley & Tim Leadingham.

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