European Theater of Operations (ETO) Football Northern Ireland Championship 1944

Northern Ireland Championship 1944

DateTeam 1Team 2
Potato BowlLone Star Field, Newry
01.01.1944Navy Galloping Gaels0Army Wolverines0
European Theater of Operations (ETO) Army v Navy Winter 1944 References: [1-5, 11]


On New Years Day 1944 Army & Navy (not the US Colleges, but Army & Navy Personnel stationed in Europe), played a 0-0 Tie in Newry for the Northern Ireland Championship, dubbed the Potato Bowl. Navy were nicknamed the Galloping Gaels for the day. The Navy Galloping Gaels and Army Wolverines were the names of the teams, and the Newry Town Soccer Field was renamed Lone Star Field for the day. Nearly 3,000 spectators turned up to see the match.



[1] Irish American Football Association (2016) Journey to Thirty [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 08 August 2016]

[2] Irish American Football Association (2016) History of US Teams playing in Ireland [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 22 November 2016]

[3] Irish American Football Association (2016) History [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 26 October 2016]

[4] Lucky Show (2016) American Football in Ireland [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 5 June 2017]

[5] Dublin Town – Article by Gerry Farrell (2016) College Football Classic Ireland’s Relationship with American Football [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 7 May 2018]


[6] 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 & Tim Leadingham.

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