|University College Dublin|
Note: *While there are mentions offive Dublin teams in 1985, the Dublin Celts were the only team in Ireland that was fully kitted and only played English opposition, while there is no evidence that the other four mentioned Dublin teams played any matches with the exception of UCD.
|Date||Home Team||Away Team|
|1985||Belfast Spartans||0||Bangor Buccaneers||30|
|1985||Belfast Blitzers||L||Craigavon Cowboys||W|
The Belfast Spartans first ever match was in a challenge match in 1985, in which they lost 30-0 to the Bangor Buccaneers. The Craigavon Cowboys also beat the Belfast Blitzers by one point in an unkitted tackle game.
The matches were unkitted, but according to reports in the Belfast Spartans website, it appears to have been a form of “American Rugby”, much like the early Ohio League style American Football in the USA at the end of the 19th and early 20th Century, i.e. Contact Football without padding or helmets, rather than Flag Football (American Football version of Tag Rugby).
 Belfast Spartans (2019) Team History | Grinding to a start [Internet] Available from: http://www.belfastspartans.co.uk/team-history.html [Accessed 20 March 2018]
 BBC Sport NI Facebook (2020) Video, July 25, 2020 [Comment by player at 1:00-1:10] [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/BBCSPORTNI/videos/693338128160962 [Accessed 30 August 2020]
 Anon. (1985) “Football Crazy” Irish Times. Saturday, March 16, 1985. pg. 16 [Internet] Available from the Irish Times Archive at: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/archive/1985/0316/Pg016.html#Ar01603 [The Irish Times Archive is a subscripttion service.
 Kevin Sharkey “The-Dublin-Celts History” 18 October 2020. Shared with permission by John Gunning via Facebook Messenger 18 October 2020.
Thanks to David Turner, Belfast Blitzers and Kevin Sharkey, Dublin Celts.
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