Irish American Football League Preseason 1987

Preseason Standings

Tara Conference
Craigavon Cowboys11002601.000
Belfast Spartans10101314.000
Bangor Buccaneers2020233.000
Dublin Celts000000.000
Jordanstown Jaguars000000.000
Belfast Giants000000.000
Mourne Conference
East Side Jets22001321.000
Carrickfergus Cougars110014131.000
Aldergrove Hawks101006.000
Dublin Tornadoes000000.000
Belfast Blitzers000000.000
Coleraine Chieftains000000.000
Irish American Football League Preseason Standings 1987 [Ref: Compiled from 1-3]

Preseason Results

DateHome TeamAway Team
PS Week 1
Aldergrove Hawks0East Side Jets6
PS Week 2
15.03.1987East Side Jets7Bangor Buccaneers2
PS Week 3
05.04.1987Craigavon Cowboys26Bangor Buccaneers0
PS Week 4
12.04.1987Carrickfergus Cougars14Belfast Spartans13
Irish American Football League Preseason Results 1987 [Ref: 1-3]


The East Side Jets, from Castlereagh in East Belfast, made a successful start to their Irish American Football preseason, winning 6-0 on their debut against Aldergove Hawks, at RAF Aldergrove in Antrim, before defeating Bangor Buccaneers 7-2 on their home debut, with a fourth quarter touchdown from Mark Dunwoody, who ran in from 25 yards out.

The Craigavon Cowboys won 26-0 against Bangor Buccaneers, with Shamrock Bowl I MVP (Most Valuable Player) from 1986, Nigel Trimble scoring a 21-yard run, which John Mulally added to with a reception from QB Geoff Donaghy. There was a second passing TD in the second half as Brendan McAleese added a reception, and then Stanley Kingsmill finished off the scoring with a 9 yard run. McAleese also scored two extra points.

In the final Preseason match of 1987, Carrickfergus Cougars came from behind to defeat Belfast Spartans. Hollowell had put the Spartans 7-6 up with a TD which was converted, and then Hollowell put the Spartans further ahead with a second touchdown just after halftime. With only two minutes left on the clock, the Cougars struck back, with a TD, adding a two-point conversion, to lead 14-13, which they held despite a late Spartans drive, which left them in Field Goal position. the Cougars managed to block the FG, though, to seal the win.


[1] Anon. (1987) “Successful start by Belfast Jets” Belfast Telegraph. Tuesday, March 17, 1987. pg. 21 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: which is a subscription service.

[2] Anon. (1987) “Cowboys in runaway win” Belfast Telegraph. Monday, April 6, 1987. pg. 17 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: which is a subscription service.

[3] Anon. (1987) “Cougars hit back – snatch late victory” Belfast Telegraph. Monday, April 13, 1987. pg. 21 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: which is a subscription service.


Thanks to David Turner & Billy Graham (Belfast Blitzers) and John Malone, Tony Meenaghan, Declan Mulvey & Paul O’Reilly.

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