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Irish American Football League Box-Scores and Match Reports 1986

League Table

PNI W-L-TIAFA W-L-TPFPAPts
NIAFA / IAFA
*Belfast Blitzers54-0-05-1-018194.833
+*Dublin Celts4—–3-1-06631.750
+Craigavon Cowboys41-1-01-3-0040.250
Coleraine Chieftains20-2-00-2-0033.000
Aldergrove Hawks10-1-00-1-02253.000
Carrickfergus Cougars10-1-00-1-0655.000
Belfast Spartans
Irish American Football League Standings 1986 [Ref: compiled from results in 1-11]

*Qualify for All-Ireland Final. +Invited to Shamrock Bowl

Playoff Results

DateHome TeamAway Team
All-Ireland Final
08.1986Belfast BlitzersWDublin CeltsL
Shamrock Bowl ISt. Mary’s RFC, Dublin
05.10.1986Craigavon Cowboys6Dublin Celts2
Irish American Football League Shamrock Bowl 1986 [Ref: 3]

Week 1 – 1 June 1986

Dublin Celts 46 Belfast Blitzers – Dublin Celts won 46-7 in the first leg of the Capital Cup in Dublin, with most of the work done by the Celts’ 6′ plus 16 Stone American Marine, Byron Durrance. He was aided by QB Jim Downey and had good back-up in Gary Webster. [Reference: 8]

At DublinQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Belfast Blitzers7
Dublin Celts46
Irish American Football League Shamrock Bowl 1986 [Ref: 8]

Week 2 – 22 June 1986

Belfast Blitzers 24 Dublin Celts 20 – Belfast Blitzers became the first Irish team to ever defeat the Dublin Celts when Martin Press ran in from closerange in the dying minutes to snatch victory at Cooke Rugby Club. The Match was the second leg of the Capital Cup, which was won on aggregate by the Celts after their 46-7 win earlier in the season, however, the Blitzers were overjoyed with their achievement. The Celts took the lead with an early touchdown, but the Blitzers hit back with touchdown from wide receiver Ivan Smith, which was converted to give them a 7-6 lead. Derek McCord turned the match in Belfast’s favour with an 85-yard Punt return, with extra point again good, to put the Blitzers 14-6 up. The Celts hit back with two touchdowns to go 20-16 up but the Belfast defense held on for seven minutes before Press scored the decisive Touchdown. [Reference: 15]

At Cooke Rugby Club, BelfastQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Dublin Celts20
Belfast Blitzers24
IAFL 1986 – Week 2 – Belfast Blitzers 24 Dublin Celts 20 [Ref: 15]
TeamScorersScore
CELTD0-6
BLZIvan Smith Pass (1XP Good)7-6
BLZDerek McCord 85 Punt return (1XP Good)14-6
BLZSafety (Celts QB Sacked in Endzone)16-6
CELTD16-12
CELTD16-18
CELTwo More Points (1XPs?)16-20
BLZMartin Press Run (2XP Run)24-20
IAFL 1986 – Week 2 – Belfast Blitzers 24 Dublin Celts 20 [Ref: 15]

Week 4 – 9 August 1986

Belfast Blitzers 55 Carrikfergus Cougars 6 – Gary Allen scored the Cougars only Touchdown against the Belfast Blitzers, held as part of the Carrick Festival, as The Bliters ran out 55-6 winners. Derek Hardy, Patsy Lundy, Derek McCord, Damien McHugh and William Perry Neill were the scorers for the Blitzers as they made great preparation for their Irish Championship Playoff against the Celts. [Reference: 17]

At CarrickfergusQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Belfast Blitzers55
Carrickfergus Cougars6
IAFL 1986 – Week 4 – Carrickfergus Cougars 6 Belfast Blitzers 55 [Ref: 17]
TeamScorersScore
COUGary Allen TD
BLZDerek Hardy TD
BLZPatsy Lundy TD
BLZDerek McCord TD
BLZDamien McHugh TD
BLZPerry Neill TD
IAFL 1986 – Week 4 – Carrickfergus Cougars 6 Belfast Blitzers 55 [Ref: 17]

Final Week – 27 September 1986

Coleraine Chieftans 0 Craigavon Cowboys 33 – In the final game before the first ever Shamrock Bowl, the Craigavon Cowboys defeated Coleraine Chieftains 33-0 at Londonderry YMCA, with three touchdowns from running back Stanley Kingsmill, and one each from wide receiver John Mulally and Nigel Trimble. [Reference: 16]

At Londonderry YMCAQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Craigavon Cowboys33
Coleraine Chieftains00000
IAFL 1986 – Final Week – Coleraine Chieftains 0 Craigavon Cowboys 33 [Ref: 16]
TeamScorersScore
CRAStanley Kinsgmill Run
CRAStanley Kingsmill Run
CRAStanley Kingsmill Run
CRAJohn Mullaly Pass
CRANigel Trmble Run
IAFL 1986 – Final Week – Coleraine Chieftains 0 Craigavon Cowboys 33 [Ref: 16]

Shamrock Bowl I Box-Score and Match Report

05 October 1986 – St. Mary’s Rugby Club, Dublin 6 – Dublin Celts 2 Craigavon Cowboys 6

Craigavon Cowboys left it late to claim victory in the first ever Irish American Football League Shamrock Bowl, with Most Valuable Player, Nigel Trimble, running in the only touchdown of the match with only four minutes remaining. The Dublin Celts had gone ahead in the first half with a safety, worth two points, in the match played at St. Mary’s Rugby Club in Templeogue, Dublin 6.

At St. Mary’s Rugby Club, Dublin 6Q1Q2Q3Q4Total
Craigavon Cowboys00066
Dublin Celts002
IAFL Shamrock Bowl I Box-Score – Score by Quarters [Ref: 10]
TeamScorerScore
1st Half
DUBSafety2-0
3rd Quarter
No scoring2-0
4th Quarter
CRANigel Trimble TD Run2-6
IAFL Shamrock Bowl I Box-Score – Scorers [Ref: 10]

Report

The Blitzers won the IAFA Championship on points difference from the Dublin Celts as they both finished on the same record. They also won the NIAFA Championship, which included all matches played except the ones against the Dublin Celts.

At the end of the season there was a separate Shamrock Bowl arranged, which was by invite. The Dublin Celts & Belfast Blitzers were both invited but the Blitzers as both League & Cup Champions declined to take part as they considered themselves already champions. The Craigavon Cowboys took their place and beat the Celts 6-2, with a late Nigel Trimble Touchdown run.

Derek McCord of Belfast Blitzers slips past a tackle by Carrickfergus Cougars’ John Havron during the Blitzers 55-6 win in Carrickfergus on 09 August 1986 [Reference: 17][Pic: Rick Hewitt]

About

There were two separate Leagues in 1986: The Northern Ireland American Football Association, where each of the Northern teams played each other twice. Belfast Blitzers won all of their matches. There was also an Irish American Football Association where each of the NIAFA games counted as well as a Home & Away series for each NIAFA team with the Dublin Celts. The NIAFA League was a League on paper only, though there were medals awarded to the winning Belfast Blitzers team.

Home Venues

TeamVenue
Belfast BlitzersCooke Rugby Club, Belfast
Carrickfergus CougarsCarrickfergus RFC, Carrickfergus
Craigavon CowboysShane Park, Lurgan, Craigavon
Irish American Football League Home Grounds 1986 [Ref: 7-10]

References

Websites

[1] Britball Now (2016) Results Section [1986] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 23 March 2017]

[2] Britball Now (2016) Bangor Buccaneers [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/Britball%20Teams/BangorBuccaneers.htm [Accessed 23 March 2018]

[3] Irish American Football Association (2018) Shamrock Bowl History [Internet] Available from: hhttp://www.americanfootball.ie/american-football/shamrock-bowl-history/ [Accessed 23 March 2018]

[4] Britballnow.co.uk (2019) 1986 Results [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 17 August 2019]

Internet Archives

[5] Craigavon Cowboys | Wayback Machine (2017) Charles ‘Chuck’ Ebron Interview [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20170514064407/http://www,craigavoncowboys.co.uk:80/news [Accessed 10 October 2018]

Social Media

[6] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Comments on Post by David Turner, August 12-17, 2019 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/posts/2244208692356940 [Accessed 17 August 2019]

[7] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Comments on Post by David Turner, September 72019 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/posts/2286790341432108?comment_id=2287705898007219&reply_comment_id=2292185984225877&notif_id=1568031304420635&notif_t=feed_comment [Accessed 9 September 2019]

Newspapers

[8] Anon. (1986) “Neill set for Capital Cup Clash”Belfast Telegraph. Wednesday, June 18, 1986. pg. 23 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

[9] Anon. (1986) “A cracking good show for grid-iron fans” Belfast Telegraph. Tuesday, September 23, 1986. pg. 24 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

[10] Anon. (1986) “American flavour” Belfast Telegraph. Friday, August 8, 1986. pg. 26 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

[11] Anon. (1986) “Cowboys into ‘Shamrock Bowl’” Belfast Telegraph. Monday, September 29, 1986. pg. 18 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

[12] Anon. (1986) “Cowboys triumph’” Belfast Telegraph. Monday, October 6, 1986. pg. 19 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

[13] Anon. (1986) “Picture caption’” Belfast Telegraph. Monday, August 11, 1986. pg. 30 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

[14] Anon. (1986) “Cowboys to meet Celts’”Belfast Telegraph. Saturday September 27, 1986. pg. 24 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

[15] Anon. (1986) “Blitzers turn the tables”Belfast Telegraph. Tuesday June 24, 1986. pg. 28 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

[16] Anon. (1986) “Cowboys into Shamrock Bowl’”Belfast Telegraph. Saturday September 29, 1986. pg. 18 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

Images

[17] Anon. (1986) “Picture by Rick Hewitt’” Belfast Telegraph. Monday, August 11, 1986. pg. 30 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

Media

[18] BBC Sport NI Facebook (2020) Video, May 20, 2020 [Comment by player at 1:00-1:10] [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/BBCSPORTNI/videos/693338128160962 [Accessed 30 August 2020]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to David Turner & Billy Graham (Belfast Blitzers).

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 30 October 2020

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved.

Irish American Football League Preseason Friendlies Box-Scores and Match Reports 1986

PS Week 1 – 17 May 1986

Craigavon Cowboys 0 Belfast Blitzers 46 – In the first ever fully kitted game of American Football betwen two Irish sides ever to take part in Ulster, the Belfast Blitzers overwhelmed the Craigavon Cowboys at Shane Park in Craigavon. Wide Receiver Ivan Smith scored two touchdowns for the Blitzers and running back Derek McCord scored three in what was described as a “mauling” by the Belfast Telegraph. [Reference: 6]

At Shane Park, CraigavonQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Belfast Blitzers46
Craigavon Cowboys0
IAFL Preseason 1986 – Craigavon Cowboys 0 Belfast Blitzers 46 – 17 May 1986 [Reference: 1-6]
TeamScorersScore
BLZIvan Smith TD Pass
BLZIvan Smith TD Pass
BLZDerek McCord TD Run
BLZDerek McCord TD Run
BLZDerek McCord TD Run
IAFL Preseason 1986 – Craigavon Cowboys 0 Belfast Blitzers 46 – 17 May 1986 [Reference: 1-6]

References

Social Media

[1] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Comments on Post by David Turner, August 12-17, 2019 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/posts/2244208692356940 [Accessed 17 August 2019]

[2] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Comments on Post by David Turner, September 72019 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/posts/2286790341432108?comment_id=2287705898007219&reply_comment_id=2292185984225877&notif_id=1568031304420635&notif_t=feed_comment [Accessed 9 September 2019]

[3] Eirball | Facebook (2019) Post by Eirball September 122019: ” I found an article in the Belfast Telegraph dated Friday, May 16, 1986 (p.22) where a Blitzers v Cowboys pre-season game was advertised.  “ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/2226857640959926/photos/a.2235377026774654/2261314360847587/?type=3&theater [Accessed 12 September 2019]

[4] Anon. (1986) “It’s Blitzers v Cowboys” Belfast Telegraph.Friday, May 16, 1986. pg. 22 [Internet] Available at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

[5] Anon. (1986) “Some Scrum” Picture caption Belfast Telegraph. Monday, May 19, 1986. pg. 25 [Internet] Available at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

Newspapers

[6] Anon. (1986) “Neill set for Capital Cup Clash”Belfast Telegraph. Wednesday, June 18, 1986. pg. 23 [Internet] Available online at the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to David Turner & Billy Graham (Belfast Blitzers).

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American & World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 30 October 2020

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved.