Hale Blue Devils | European Theater of Operations American Football Team in Ireland | Team Roster & Match Reports 1942

Week 1 – 14 November 1942 – Hale 9 Yarvard 7

The Hale Blue Devils went in front in the first quarter with a touchdown run by the small Sergeant Raymond Chandler. The Yarvard Crimson Tide had a good back themselves in Corporal Robert Hopfer, who ran nearly every possesion for them until he was taken out of the game by a hard tackle. Hopfer equalised for Yarvard and Corporal Jay Wright kicked the conversion to give them a 7-6 lead at halftime. [Reference: 9]

The Hale team changed tactics in the third quarter to a passing game, with Quarterback David Zywicki completing passes to Carpenter, halfback John Urban, and Edmund Forzcek, to set up Carpenter’s 18 yard Field Goal to put the Blue Devils 9-7 up. Yarvard also went to a passing game, but their receivers found Private Armando Lopez guiding missiles that were too hot to handle, and the game ended 9-7 to Hale. [Reference: 9]

At Ravenhill, Belfast (Att: 8,000) Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Hale Blue Devils 6 0 3 0 9
Yarvard Crimson Tide 0 7 0 0 7
Scorers Score
1st Quarter  
HAL – Raymond Chandler TD Run (xp No Good) 6-0
2nd Quarter  
YAR – Robert Hopfer TD Run (Jay Wright XP Kick) 6-7
3rd Quarter  
HAL – Arnold Carpenter 18yd FG 9-7
4th Quarter  
No Scoring 9-7

Reference: [9]

Roster 14 November 1942

NumberNamePositionHometown & State
1Arnold CarpenterFullbackEau Claire, Wis.
2Raymond ChandlerLeft HalfbackHuston, Texas
3Frank BeckLeft HalfbackNew Orleans, La.
4Bryon St. PeterFullbackMilwaukee, Wis.
5David ZywickiQuarterbackMilwaukee, Wis.
6Charles KacenaQuarterbackDes Moines, Ia.
7John UrbanRight HalfbackBrooklyn, New York
8Edward DixRight HalfbackElizabeth, New Jersey
9Homer CookeCenterEau Claire, Wis.
10Robert CummingsCenterBrooklyn, New York
11Lee DunhamRight GuardDetroit, Mich.
12Thomas RichardsonLeft GuardRutherford, New Jersey
13Frederick StobaeusRight GuardSouth Orange, New Jersey
14Anthony FabrizioLeft GuardSpringfield, New Jersey
15Erving GroschLeft TackleMilwaukee, Wis.
16Norman RosenbergRight TackleBrooklyn, New York
17Edmund ForczekLeft TackleCudahy, Wis.
18Woodrow LaurieRight TackleRedgranite, Wis.
19Stephen LochmanLeft EndAlbany, New York
20John GallagherRight EndBrooklyn, New Jersey
21Eugene BoltonRight EndRapid City, S.D.
22Madison RichLeft EndWest New York, New Jersey
23Saul SolowRight EndBrooklyn, New York
24Edward KudernsLeft EndCleveland, Ohio
25Theodore RixRight EndCrisco, Ia.
CaptainHarry G. Chowins
2nd Lt.E.K. Sauer
S. Sgt.Louis J. DiSalle
Team Physician
MajorJoseph A. Ridgeway

Reference: [7]


During World War II, American Soldiers based in Northern Ireland, England & Wales, played a series of matches for the European Theater of Operations Football Championship. These American Football matches were sometimes played in front of the Irish & British public at large stadiums in aid of the Red Cross. [Reference: 11] The match at Ravenhill, on 14 November 1942, was the first ever match of American Football in Ireland [1-5]

The first such match, held at Ravenhill on 14th November 1942 (the first ETO Championship was played in Northern Ireland in 1942), featured the Hale Blue Devils and Yarvard Crimson Tide. [Reference: 9]

The names Hale & Yarvard aren’t mis-spellings. The teams were made up of Soldiers stationed in Northern Ireland during World War II, and the British & Irish public would have been familiar with newspaper reports of the time on the big American College Football games, so the names Yarvard, Hale and Tech (the third team in the ETO Championship in 1942), were chosen to reflect this. [Reference: [9]

European Theater of Operations Football Championship 1942 – Hale Blue Devils 9 Yarvard Crimson Tide 7 at Ravenhill, Belfast, 14 November 1942 [Reference: [10]




[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]


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

[6] Anon. (1954) . “Photo caption”. Northern Whig. 18 November 1954. pg. 6.

[7] Edgar, Scott | Wartime NI (2019) Hale Team at Ravenhill [Internet] Available from: https://wartimeni.com/wwiini-story-american-football-ravenhill-programme-06/ [Accessed 17 November 2019]

[8] 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, www.jstor.org/stable/30002410.


[9] Foglio, Massimo & Ford, Mark L. (2015) “Touchdown in Europe” pg. 51-52. Published by the Author.


[10] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Post 21 August 2019: “ As promised, a never before seen photo of the game held at Ravenhill in 1942. “ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/photos/pcb.2258995414211601/2258986244212518/?type=3&theater [Accessed 23 August 2019]


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