International American Football Friendlies Reports and Box Scores 1987


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International American Football Friendlies 1987

Match Day Irish v American International American Football 1987
(Irish v American International American Football 1987)
0 - 46

Dublin Celts vs Taunton Raiders (Mass)


To open the first full Irish American Football League season, the Taunton Raiders of the Eastern Football League in Massachusetts, USA, visited Dublin to play against Ireland’s Dublin Celts, Ireland’s first ever American Football team. The Celts were determined holding the Raiders to just two touchdowns until near the end of the first half when the Raiders returned an Interception 40 yards for a Touchdown. The Celts never recovered, conceding four more touchdowns in the second half as the Taunton Raiders went on to win 46-0.

More games to follow in match reports over the following two weeks.



[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


[6] Dublin Celts American Football Team Facebook Page (2016) Photo by Joseph Greene August 28, 2016 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 3 July 2018]


[1] Irish Press (1987) It’s not so good for the ‘Giants’ Irish Press. Thursday, November 05, 1987. pg. 11[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: [Accessed 02 October 2016]

[4] Britball Now (2008) UK Clubs Against Foreign Opposition [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 16 November 2008]

[5] Semi-Pro Football (2017) Eastern Football League Champions [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 16 November 2017]


[6] Kevin Sharkey (2020) “The Dublin Celts” Word Document shared by John Gunning on Facebook Messenger with permission.


[7] Anon. (1988) “Giants get their revenge’” Belfast Telegraph. Tuesday, April 12, 1988. pg. 20 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: which is a subscription service.


Thanks to Cillian Smith and Michael Smith of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association.


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