Irish-North American Football Teams

A number of American Football Teams in the United States of America were founded or run by Irish-Americans, with Irish-American, or Irish-born players prominent among their personnel.

Early Pro American Football teams (1892-1919)

Youngstown Patricians

Youngstown Patricians are notable for having wrested the World Championship in 1915 from the Washington Vigilants who had won 90 of their previous 94 matches since 1907, and had only been defeated three times in that period, all by College All-Star teams after they had finished training for the season (at the time College Football was still better than Pro Football). Youngstown were founded in the St. Patrick’s neighborhood of this Northeast Ohio City (near Cleveland) in 1914.

Youngstown Patricians (Ohio) Irish-American Football Team 1914-1920

Picture Credit: Picture Credit: 1920s football action. Hundreds of spectators watch from stadium seats. Everett Collection [Sutterstock]