Date Time League Season Match Day
November 14, 1942 3:00 pm European Theater of Operations Football Championship Autumn 1942 Game 1


Hale Blue Devils60309
Yarvard Crimson Tide07007

Hale Blue Devils

# Player Position FG Safety PAT 2XP TD Comp Att Pass Yds Rush Att Rush Yds Rec Rec Yds Int Lng Fum Lost FR Tckl Solo Asst Sack PR KR Punt PYds PAvg BFG OR
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2Raymond ChandlerLeft Halfback0000100000000000000000000000
3Frank BeckLeft Halfback0000000000000000000000000000
4Byron St. PeterFullback0000000000000000000000000000
5David ZywickiQuarterback0000000000000000000000000000
6Charles KacenaQuarterback0000000000000000000000000000
7John UrbanRight Halfback0000000000000000000000000000
8Edward DixRight Halfback0000000000000000000000000000
9Homer CookeCenter0000000000000000000000000000
10Robert CummingsCenter0000000000000000000000000000
11Lee DunhamRight Guard0000000000000000000000000000
12Thomas RichardsonLeft Guard0000000000000000000000000000
13Frederick StobaeusRight Guard0000000000000000000000000000
14Anthony FabrizioLeft Guard0000000000000000000000000000
15Erving CroschLeft Tackle0000000000000000000000000000
16Norman RosenbergRight Tackle0000000000000000000000000000
17Edmund ForczekLeft Tackle0000000000000000000000000000
18Woodrow LauriwRight Tackle0000000000000000000000000000
19Stephen LochmanLeft End0000000000000000000000000000
20John GallagherRight End0000000000000000000000000000
21Eugene BoltonRight End0000000000000000000000000000
22Madison RichLeft End0000000000000000000000000000
23Saul SolowRight End0000000000000000000000000000
24Edward KudernaLeft End0000000000000000000000000000
25Theodore RixRight End0000000000000000000000000000
 Total 1000100000000000000000000000

Yarvard Crimson Tide

# Player Position FG Safety PAT 2XP TD Comp Att Pass Yds Rush Att Rush Yds Rec Rec Yds Int Lng Fum Lost FR Tckl Solo Asst Sack PR KR Punt PYds PAvg BFG OR
1Robert D HopferFullback0000100000000000000000000000
2Armando LopezRight Halfback0000000000000000000000000000
3Anton S VerbickLeft Halfback0000000000000000000000000000
4Jay A WrightQuarterback0010000000000000000000000000
5James E TemenskiRight Halfback0000000000000000000000000000
6Rush M MooreLeft Halfback0000000000000000000000000000
7Paul W DennisQuarterback0000000000000000000000000000
8Walter A WashburnFullback0000000000000000000000000000
9Richard E WhalenCenter0000000000000000000000000000
10Atlee V HummelEnd0000000000000000000000000000
11James B Basham JrEnd0000000000000000000000000000
12William F EckEnd0000000000000000000000000000
13John L WallGuard0000000000000000000000000000
14Leslie C SchulzGuard0000000000000000000000000000
15Paul A McGonigalTackle0000000000000000000000000000
16Martin HowerGuard0000000000000000000000000000
17Frederick D FaulsTackle0000000000000000000000000000
18Frank A FemtonTackle0000000000000000000000000000
19Leroy M JerlesGuard0000000000000000000000000000
20Ralph W MooreTackle0000000000000000000000000000
21John L Trunick JrCenter0000000000000000000000000000
22Joseph D BaxterGuard0000000000000000000000000000
23Edward PetrickLeft Halfback0000000000000000000000000000
24Eugene E HeathTackle0000000000000000000000000000
25George A DupakFullback0000000000000000000000000000
26Henry E ZentnerCenter0000000000000000000000000000
27Walter C SzymkowiczQuarterback0000000000000000000000000000
28Harvey J KiserTackle0000000000000000000000000000
29Charles R RenningerQuarterback0000000000000000000000000000
30Frank M JasoEnd0000000000000000000000000000
31Thomas F SaxtonGuard0000000000000000000000000000
32Leroy C NymanCenter0000000000000000000000000000
33Joseph B WetzelTackle0000000000000000000000000000
34Joseph J KoslowskiGuard0000000000000000000000000000
35Albert D BoshnettCenter0000000000000000000000000000
 Total 0010100000000000000000000000


Ravenhill, Belfast
Kingspan Stadium, 85, Ravenhill Park, Willowfield, Ballynafeigh, Belfast, County Down, Northern Ireland, BT6 0BW, United Kingdom


8,000 spectators turned out at Ravenhill, the home of Ulster Rugby in Belfast to see Hale Blue Devils take on Yarvard Crimson Tide at American Football in aid of the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSSFA). The names are not mis-spellings or typos but the names of Training Colleges associated with the Artillery Unit (Yarvard) and Service Unit (Hale) stationed in Northern Ireland during World War II.

The match was played as part of the European Theater of Operations (ETO) Football Championship in Autumn 1942 which took place in Northern Ireland. Raymond Chandler scored the opening touchdown, running in the ball in the first quarter to give Hale a 6-0 lead. Robert Hopfer equalised for Yarvard “running the ball on every play” and with Jay Wright succesfully making the Point After Touchdown kick the Crimson Tide were now 7-6 up in the second quarter.

In the third quarter Hale changed tactics, going to the air, with Quarterback David Zywicki passing to Arnold Carpenter, John Urban and Edmund Forczek to set up an 18 yard Field Goal for Carpenter as the Blue Devils retook the lead, 9-7.

Yarvard replied with a passing attack of their own, with Armando Lopez sending a “deadly passing attack” the way of his receivers who often found the ball “too hot to handle” and the game ended 9-7 to Hale. Afterwards a band and cheerleaders gave the fans the feel of a what a College game in the United States of America was like.


1st Quarter

HAL – Raymond Chandler TD Run 6-0

2nd Quarter

YAR – Robert Hopfer TD Run (Jay Wright PAT Kick Good) 6-7

3rd Quarter

HAL – Arnold Carpenter 18yd FG 9-7

4th Quarter

No scoring



[1] Massimo Foglio with Mark L. Ford (2015) “Second World War Part One: Americans on the British Isles 1942-1943 – November 14 1942 – Ravenhill, Belfast, Northern Ireland – Hale 9 Yarvard 7” Touchdown in Europe: How American Football Came to the Old Continent. pg. 49-51.


[1] Irish American Football Association (2016) Journey to Thirty [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/journeyto-thirty/ [Accessed 08 August 2016]

[2] Irish American Football Association (2016) History of US Teams playing in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/history-of-us-teams-playing-in-ireland/ [Accessed 22 November 2016]

[3] Irish American Football Association (2016) History [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/iafl/history.htm [Accessed 26 October 2016]

[4] Lucky Show (2016) American Football in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://www.luckyshow.org/football/Shamrock%20Bowl.htm [Accessed 5 June 2017]

[5] Dublin Town – Article by Gerry Farrell (2016) College Football Classic Ireland’s Relationship with American Football [Internet] Available from: http://www.dublintown.ie/irelands-relationship-with-american-football/ [Accessed 7 May 2018]


[7] Anon. (1942) . “Photo caption: American Football at Ravenhill”. Belfast News-Letter. Monday, 16 November 1942. pg. 6.

[8] Anon. (1942) “American Football: Large Attendance expected at Ravenhill” Belfast News-Letter. Saturday, 14 November 1942. pg. 4

Academic Articles

[10] Magee, Damian. “English Beer and American Football: Exporting American Football as a Cultural Commodity to the British Isles.” Irish Journal of American Studies, vol. 7, 1998, pp. 121–148. JSTOR, JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/30002410.



[13] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Post 22 August 2019: “ So this is the last of the photos in the archive, it’s of the Yarvard team at Sandy Bay, Larne Harbour on the 21st November 1942. “ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/photos/pcb.2260513057393170/2260507127393763/?type=3&theater [Accessed 23 August 2019]

[14] Belfast Blitzers | Faacebook (2019) Post 22 August 2019: “So this is the last of the photos in the archive, it’s of the Yarvard team at Sandy Bay, Larne Harbour on the 21st November 1942. “ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/photos/rpp.454643317980162/2260507354060407/?type=3&theater[Accessed 23 August 2019]


[14] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Photo 22 August 2019 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/photos/pcb.2260513057393170/2260507127393763/?type=3&theater [Accessed 23 August 2019]