Irish International American Football | Capitol Bowl 1986


DateHome TeamAway Team
Capitol Bowl1st Leg
01.06.86Dublin Celts46Belfast Blitzers7
Capitol Bowl2nd Leg
22.06.86Belfast Blitzers24Dublin Celts20

Note: Dublin Celts won 66-31 on aggregate.


The Capitol Bowl was the first International Tournament involving Irish teams. At the time there was a separate Northern Ireland American Football Association, with the Dublin Celts the only kitted team in the Republic of Ireland, electing to play matches against both English and Northern Irish teams.

There was a united Irish American Football League the following season, 1987, after the Dublin Tornadoes joined the Celts south of the border.

While this was not an ideal situation at the time it was part of Irish American Football History.


[1] Britball Now (2016) Results Section [1986] [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 23 March 2017]


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

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