Northern Ireland American Football Association | 9-a-side Unkitted Season 1985

League Table

Ballymena Wolfhounds000000.000
Belfast Blitzers0000.000
Coleraine Chieftains0000.000
Tyrone Tornadoes000000.000

Reference: [1][2][3]


DateHome TeamAway Team
Week 1
12.05.85Tyrone TornadoesColeraine Chieftains

References: [1][2][3]


The first American Football game played in Ireland between two Irish sides was in Omagh, Co. Tyrone on 12 May 1985, between the Tyrone Tornadoes and Coleraine Chieftains. It was played under 9-Man National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules, but was unkitted. [1][2]

There was a Northern Ireland American Football Association at this time, with plans for a league involving the two teams, and the Ballymena Wolfhounds and Belfast Blitzers. [2]

Home Venues:

TeamHome Venue
Tyrone TornadoesOmagh Rugby Club, Omagh. Co. Tyrone.
Ballymena Wofhounds
Coleraine Chieftains
Belfast Blitzers

Reference: [1][2]



[1] Irish American Football Association | Wayback Machine (2007) A BRIEF HISTORY OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL IN IRELAND [Internet] available from: [Accessed 6 July 2017]


[2] Stokes, Jim (1985) “It’s grid-iron – Omagh style” Belfast Telegraph. Friday, May 10, 1985. pg. 22.


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