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XFL 2020 New York Guardians v Tampa Bay Vipers

Spring Football Leagues Bowl Games and Irish Players 1983-2023

Spring Football Leagues Bowl Games 1983-2023

  United States Football League USFL Championship 
1983 Michigan Panthers24Philadelphia Stars22
1984 Philadelphia Stars23Arizona Wranglers3
1985 Baltimore Stars28Oakland Invaders24
  European Football League EFL Eurobowl 
1986ITAFT Vantaa (Fin)16Bologna Doves (Ita)2
1988IIHelsinki Roosters (Fin)35Amsterdam Crusaders (Ned)14
1989IIILegnano Frogs (Ita)27Amsterdam Crusaders (Ned)23
1990IVManchester Spartans (GB)34Legnano Frogs (Ita)22
1991VAmsterdam Crusaders (Ned)21Berlin Adler (Ger)20
1992VIAmsterdam Crusaders (Ned)42Giaguari Torino (Ita)24
1993VIILondon Olympians (GB)34Amsterdam Crusaders (Ned)22
  World League of American Football WLAF World Bowl 
09.06.19911991London Monarchs21Barcelona Dragons0
07.06.19921992Sacramento Surge21Orlando Thunder17
  Football League of Europe FLE Euro Super Bowl 
17.09.1994IStockholm Nordic Vikings43Hamburg Blue Devils35
American Football League of EuropeAFLE Euro Super Bowl
02.09.1995IIStockholm Nordic Vikings14Bergamo Lions0
  World League of American Football WLAF World Bowl 
1995IIIFrankfurt Galaxy26Amsterdam Admirals22
1996IVScottish Claymores32Frankfurt Galaxy27
1997VBarcelona Dragons38Rhein Fire24
  XFL Million Dollar Game 
21.04.2001 San Francisco Demons26Los Angeles Xtreme24
  National Football League – Europe League NFL-EL World Bowl 
14.06.1998VIRhein Fire34Frankfurt Galaxy10
27.06.1999VIIBarcelona Dragons24Frankfurt Galaxy3
25.06.2000VIIIRhein Fire13Scottish Claymores10
30.06.2001IXBarcelona Dragons17Berlin Thunder24
22.06.2002XBerlin Thunder26Rhein Fire20
14.06.2003XIFrankfurt Galaxy35Rhein fire16
12.06.2004XIIBerlin Thunder30Frankfurt Galaxy24
11.06.2005XIIIAmsterdam Admirals27Berlin Thunder21
27.05.2006XIVFrankfurt Galaxy22Amsterdam Admirals7
22.06.2007XVHamburg Sea Devils37Frankfurt Galaxy28
  United Football League UFL Championship Game 
2009 Las Vegas Locomotive20Florida Tuskers17 (OT)
2010 Las Vegas Locomotives23Florida Tuskers20
2011 Virginia Destroyers17Las Vegas Locomotive3
  Stars Football League SFL Presidents Cup 
28.07.2012IDaytona Beach Racers16Ft. Lauderdale Barracudas14
06.07.2013IIMiami Ironmen21Pompano Beach Swampdogs6
  Fall Xperimental Football League FXFL Championship 
2014(*)Brooklyn Bolts4-0Omaha Mammoths3-1
2015(*)Brooklyn Bolts3-1Florida Blacktips1-0
  The Spring League TSL Championship 
2017(*)Team North1-0Team West1-0
2018(*)Team West2-0Team East0-1
2019(*)Austin Generals2-0Team West1-1
2020(*)Las Vegas Hughes2-0TSL North1-1
  The Spring League Fall Season TSL Championship Game 
15.12.2020 Generals37Aviators14
  The Spring League Mega Bowl Championship 
19.06.2021 Linemen26Jousters23
  United States Football League USFL Championship Game 
03.07.2022 Birmingham Stallions33Philadelphia Stars30
01.07.2023 Birmingham Stallions28Pittsburgh Maulers12
  XFL XFL Championship 
13.05.2023 Arlington Renegades35D.C. Defenders26
Spring Football Leagues Bowl Games 1983-2023 [References: 1-64 – See end of article]

Daniel Whelan – Irish-Born Player

(Kicker – D.C. Defenders – XFL 2023 – Born in Bray, Co. Wicklow)

Irish-born punter Daniel Whelan kicked three punts for a total 158 yards, putting two punts inside the 20-yard line of Arlington and including a long of 64 yards, but was to be disappointed after his D.C. Defenders lost 35-26 to the Renegades in the 2023 XFL Championship Game. Whelan was drafted after the game by the Green Bay Packers and made his National Football League debut in 2024. [References: 65-68 – see end of article]


(Kicker – Aviators – The Spring League 2021 – Born in Galway)

Former Connacht Rugby player Tadhg Leader was signed up to play another year of Rugby Union for Connacht in 2021 when the kicker started kicking American Footballs for fun. People took notice and said he should try out for American Football teams and so he went off to San Diego where he was kicking alongside Super Bowl-winning athletes. Unsure of his own ability he asked John Carney, who has 23 years of experience kicking Footballs and Carney said he could mix it with the NFL players. Before long Leader found himself playing for the Aviators in The Spring League in USA. The Aviators, one of four teams based in Indianapolis, a COVID-19 Pod and one of two Pods in the 8-team league in 2021 finished with an 0-6 record in 2021. [References: 60 – see end of article]

Emmett Waldron – Irish-born Player

(Linebacker – Scottish Claymores – World League of American Football / National Football League Europe League 1996-1999 – Born in Cork)

Emmett Waldron was born in Cork and played NCAA football for Rice University before signing for the Scottish Claymores in 1996 – the same year as Scottish Rugby Union captain Gavin Hastings. His father was an Irish Rugby Interprovincial player. In his first year at the Claymores, he would have earned £25,000 as well as bonuses and travelling expenses. He played four years for the Claymores as a linebacker. He was the first Irish player to play professional American Football in the NFL in a skilled position since the 1920s .[20] In 1996 he won the World Bowl with the Scottish Claymores when they defeated Frankfurt Galaxy 32-27 in World Bowl IV. [References: 69-72 – see end of article]

Kevin Hurst – Irish National Team Player

(Kicker – London Monarchs – World League of American Football 1996)

Kevin Hurst played for the Leicester Panthers before signing for the London Monarchs as a National Player in 1996. After one season with the Monarchs, he played for Ireland under Coach Kurt Smeby. He held the British domestic record for a Field Goal at the time with a successful 58-yard attempt against Australia in 1987. He was included in the squad to play against Wales on March 30th, 1997. [References: 73 – see end of article]

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XFL 2020 New York Guardians v Tampa Bay Vipers


[1] USFL.info (2017) 1983 Playoffs [Internet] Available from: http://www.usfl.info/1983playoffs.html [Accessed 3 February 2017]

[2] USFL.info (2017) 1984 Playoffs [Internet] Available from: http://www.usfl.info/1984playoffs.html [Accessed 3 February 2017]

[3] USFL.info (2017) 1985 Playoffs [Internet] Available from: http://www.usfl.info/1985playoffs.html [Accessed 3 February 2017]

[4] Eurobowl (2015) Eurobowl History [Internet] Available from: http://www.eurobowl.info/index.php?Inhalt=history [Accessed 15 April 2020]

[5] Anon. (1991) “Jon’s too Hort to handle” First Down, June 8, 1991, pg. 4-5

[6] Anglesey, Steve (1991) “Enter the Dragons!” First Down, June 15, 1992, pg. 6-7

[7] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 1991 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id165.html [Accessed 23 April 2018]

[8] Anon. (1992) “What a Drag On!” First Down, June 6, 1992, pg. 4-5

[9] Anglesey, Steve (1992) “Ace Arch has a ball in Montreal” First Down, June 13, 1992, pg. 4-5

[10] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 1992 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id166.html [Accessed 23 April 2018]

[11] Google Groups – rec.sport.football.misc (1994) Message by Dominik Kubla – 5 November 1994 [Internet] Available from: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.sport.football.misc/BRx_xxVsAoY [Accessed 21 August 2018]

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[15] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 1997 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id172.html [Accessed 23 April 2018]

[16] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 1998 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id173.html [Accessed 23 April 2018]

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[20] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 2002 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id177.html [Accessed 23 April 2018]

[21] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 2003 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id178.html [Accessed 23 April 2018]

[22] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 2004 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id179.html [Accessed 23 April 2018]

[23] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 2005 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id180.html [Accessed 23 April 2018]

[24] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 2006 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id181.html [Accessed 23 April 2018]

[25] World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 2007 [Internet] Available from: http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id182.html [Accessed 23 April 2018]

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[28] United Football League | Internet Archive (2011) Schedule 2010 [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20110609043730/http://www.ufl-football.com/schedule [Accessed 13 August 2019]

[29] United Football League | Internet Archive (2011) Schedule 2011 [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20111026023511/http://www.ufl-football.com/schedule [Accessed 13 August 2019]

[30] Stars Football League (2012) SFL’S FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP GAME [Internet] Available from: http://starsfootballleague.com/news/2572/ [Accessed 11 April 2020]

[31] Stars Football League (2012) THE SFL PRESIDENT’S CHAMPION TROPHY [Internet] Available from: http://starsfootballleague.com/news/sfl-presidents-champion-trophy/ [Accessed 11 April 2020]

[32] Stars Football League (2013) THE STAGE IS SET FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL PRESIDENTS CUP [Internet] Available from: http://starsfootballleague.com/news/stage-set-annual-presidents-cup/ [Accessed 11 April 2020]

[33] Stars Football League (2013) TEAM INFO – POMPANO BEACH SWAMPDOGS [Internet] Available from: http://starsfootballleague.com/team-info/gm-head-coach-ft-myers-swampdogs-football-club/ [Accessed 11 April 2020]

[34] You Tube | FXFL Football Channel (2014) FXFL Presented by Nivea Men Boston at Omaha Highlights, Nov 6, 2014 [0:09] [Internet] Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSIejJnIa_U [Accessed 24 January 2020]

[35] You Tube | FXFL Football Channel (2014) FXFL Highlights presented by NIVEA MEN – Blacktips at Brooklyn, Nov 8, 2014 [2:01][Internet] Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq_-zc-K2DM [Accessed 24 January 2020]

[36] You Tube | FXFL Football Channel (2014) FXFL Highlights Brooklyn at Boston – Halloween Night, Nov 1, 2014 [Internet] Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lo4sB_VeQI [Accessed 24 January 2020]

[37] You Tube | FXFL Football Channel (2014) FXFL Highlights Presented by NIVEA MEN- Omaha at Brooklyn, Oct 27, 2014 [5:13] [Internet] Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0-i0pUU4XU [Accessed 24 January 2020]

[38] You Tube | FXFL Football Channel (2014) FXFL Week #2 Boston at Brooklyn, Oct 16, 2014 [0:02][Internet] Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll58VNJBOTU [Accessed 24 January 2020]

[39] You Tube | FXFL Football Channel (2014) FXFL Opening Night Recap – National TV, Oct 9, 2014 [0:03][Internet] Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHPasGcAnMs [Accessed 24 January 2020]

[40] You Tube | Jeff Buss (2019) FXFL Omaha @ Brooklyn (October 24, 2014), Dec 31, 2019 [Internet] Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jps0DsyZ23A [Accessed 24 January 2020]

[41] You Tube | cflvideo1964 (2015) FXFL 2014 BOSTON BRAWLERS AT OMAHA MAMMOTHS, Apr 4, 2015 [Internet] Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8FcOGnV4Dg [Accessed 24 January 2020]

[42] Omaha World-Herald | Wayback Machine (2014) Missed extra point helps Mammoths survive [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20151128214125/http://www.omaha.com/sports/missed-extra-point-helps-mammoths-survive/article_a54427f4-55d4-5806-aaaf-726c8b899a62.html [Accessed 24 January 2020]

[43] FXFL | Wayback Machine (2016) Home [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20160129101535/http://gofxfl.com/ [Accessed 24 January 2020]

[44] The Spring League (2017) Post “Game 1 of the Spring League season is in the books. The West beat the East, 10-6. Re-watch the broadcast right here.” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/thespringleague/videos/1922228818055558/[Accessed 24 January 2020]

[45] The Spring League (2017) Post April 16, 2017 “It’s a final from the Greenbrier: Hutson Mason’s North team edges the South squad, 14-10, in Game 2 of the weekend.” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/thespringleague/photos/a.1870863563192084/1923935811218192/?type=3 [Accessed 24 January 2020]

[46] The Spring League (2017) Post “Game 2 of the 2017 Spring League season is in the books, with the North beating the South, 14-10. You can re-watch most of the broadcast here. Note: the feed went out in the second half due to inclement weather.” [Internet] Available from:https://www.facebook.com/thespringleague/videos/1922762241335549/ [Accessed 24 January 2020]

[47] The Spring League (2019) Videos April 7 2018 ““Running back Kalif Phillips follows up a 47 yard run with this short TD to seal it for #TeamWest”” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/thespringleague/videos/2102745346670570/ [Accessed 24 January 2020]

[48] The Spring League (2018) Videos April 13 2018 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/thespringleague/videos/2105339876411117/ [Accessed 24 January 2020]

[49] The Spring League (2017) Post April 13, 2018 “Relive the best moments of today’s first game between Team South and Team West, including Johnny Manziel’s Spring League finale. #TheSpringLeague” [0:18] [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2105339876411117[Accessed 24 January 2020]

[50] The Spring League (2017) Post March 21, 2019 “#ATX, we got you covered. For #TheSpringLeague 2019, Team South will go by a new hometown name: The Austin Generals.” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/thespringleague/posts/2337204383224664[Accessed 24 January 2020]

[51] The Spring League (2017) Post April 7, 2019 “OFFICIAL BOX SCORE FROM GAME 1 Team West 36 Team North 6” [Internet] Available from:https://www.facebook.com/thespringleague/posts/2347421552202947 [Accessed 24 January 2020]

[52] The Spring League (2017) Post April 7, 2019 “OFFICIAL BOX SCORE FROM GAME 2 Austin Generals 13 Team North 6” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/thespringleague/posts/2347422305536205[Accessed 25 January 2020]

[53] The Spring League (2017) Post April 13 2019 “The Austin Generals closed The Spring League undefeated. Check out the full box score and play by play below of the Generals win over TSL West. Austin Generals 32 TSL West 13” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/thespringleague/posts/2350788071866295 [Accessed 25 January 2020]

[54] The Spring League (2017) Post March 7, 2020″Game 1 ends with a final score of: Las Vegas Hughes: 14 TSL North: 7″ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/thespringleague/photos/a.1870863563192084/2630097563935343/?type=3 [Accessed 8 June 2020]

[55] The Spring League (2017) Post March 7, 2020″Game 2 has gone final! TSL North: 14 TSL East: 7″ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/thespringleague/photos/a.1870863563192084/2630133173931782/?type=3  [Accessed 8 June 2020]

[56] The Spring League (2017) Post March 11, 2020″DB Brandon Brice seals the game for Las Vegas capping off the final play with a pick-6. Las Vegas Hughes: 17 TSL East: 6″ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/thespringleague/photos/a.1870863563192084/2633474570264309/?type=3  [Accessed 8 June 2020]

[57] The Spring League (2020) Post March 23, 2020: ″Since 2017, the year #TheSpringLeague began play, 229 of our players have been signed to pro football contracts #NFL: 90 #CFL: 51 #AAF: 55 #XFL: 33″ [Internet] Available from:  https://www.facebook.com/thespringleague/posts/2643855175892915 [Accessed 8 June 2020]

[58] The Spring League (2020) Game Schedule [Internet] Available from: https://www.thespringleague.com/?page_id=5732 [Accessed 28 October 2020]

[59] The Spring League (2021) Schedule [Internet] Available from: https://thespringleague.com/?page_id=5732 [Accessed 20 June 2021]

[60] The 42 (2021) The former Connacht man now trying to make it as an NFL kicker [Internet] Available from: https://www.the42.ie/tadhg-leader-connacht-nfl-5425042-May2021/ [Accessed 3 December 2021]

[61] TheUSFL (2022) Schedule [Internet] Available from: https://www.theusfl.com/schedule  [Accessed 9 April 2022][Last Accessed 4 July 2022]

[62] TheUSFL (2022) Box Score: Birmingham Stallions v Philadelphia Stars Box Score 43 [Internet] Available from: https://www.theusfl.com/championship-birmingham-stallions-vs-philadelphia-stars-jul-03-2022-game-boxscore-43 [Accessed 4 July 2022]

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EFL European Football League Final Standings and Eurobowl Playoffs 1987-88

EFL Eurobowl Playoffs 1988

European Football League Eurobowl Tournament 1988

Match Day Eurobowl Qualification
(Eurobowl Qualification)
36 - 12

Graz Giants vs Dublin Celts

Match Day Eurobowl Quarter-Finals
(Eurobowl Quarter-Finals)
43 - 24

Berlin Adler vs Graz Giants

(Eurobowl Quarter-Finals)
51 - 6

Helsinki Roosters vs Paris Castors

(Eurobowl Quarter-Finals)
0 - 68

Zurich Renegades vs Frogs Legnano

(Eurobowl Quarter-Finals)
27 - 31

London Ravens vs Amsterdam Crusaders

Match Day Eurobowl Semi-Finals
(Eurobowl Semi-Finals)
33 - 35

Frogs Legnano vs Helsinki Roosters

(Eurobowl Semi-Finals)
29 - 28

Amsterdam Crusaders vs Berlin Adler

Match Day Third Place Playoff
(Third Place Playoff)
28 - 3

Frogs Legnano vs Berlin Adler

Match Day Eurobowl II Final
(Eurobowl II Final)
35 - 14

Helsinki Roosters vs Amsterdam Crusaders

AIFA Italy Serie A 1987

AIFA Associazione Italiana Football Americano Girone A 1987

1Warriors Bologna11100.95846794
2Doves Bologna10110.87535669
3Skorpions Varese6600.500189255
4Giaguari Torino5700.417205227
5Panthers Parma57000.417140260
6Seahawks Bellusco21000.16788304
7Tauri Torino21000.16779315

AIFA Associazione Italiana Football Americano Girone B 1987

1Frogs Legnano12001.00037054
2Rhinos Milano10200.83330274
3Falchi Modena7500.583208153
4Mastini Ivrea6600.500194243
5Chiefs Ravenna4800.333119257
6Squali Genova21000.167124280
7Pharaones Garbagnate11100.08378334

AIFA Associazione Italiano Football Americano Girone C 1987

1Angels Pesaro12001.00033538
2Towers Bologna8400.667215146
3Dolphins Ancona6600.500130163
4Condor Grosseto5700.417145151
5Gladiatori Roma4710.37579123
6Grizzlies Roma3810.292153199
7Aquile Ferrara3900.25055292

AIFA Associazione Italiana Football Americano Girone D 1987

1Seamen Milano11100.91745979
2Jets Bolzano10200.833353128
3Redskins Verona8400.667216303
4Lions Bergamo5700.417173189
5Saints Padova4800.333201218
6Muli Trieste4800.333175248
7Green Machine Camposampiero01200.00047459

AIFA Italy Serie A Playoffs 1987

AFVD Germany 1. Bundesliga 1987

AFVD German 1. Bundesliga Nord Gruppe A 1987

1Düsseldorf Panther73032011614
2Cologne Crocodiles73024313214
3Cologne Red Barons64019113012
4Hamburg Dolphins55013420310
5Bonn Jets4601641738
6Düsseldorf Bulldozer01000583640

AFVD German 1. Bundesliga Nord Gruppe B 1987

1Berlin Adler10005087120
2Monheim Sharks73019214914
3Dortmund Giants55021518210
4Assindia Cardinals55014116410
5Hilden Hurricanes2801053394
6Recklinghausen Chargers190553112

AFVD Germany 1. Bundesliga Süd Gruppe A 1987

1Badener Greifs100047210720
2Hanau Hawks73022610314
3Mannheim Redskins3701423016
4Mainz Golden Eagles22096884
5Stuttgart Scorpions190643832
6Bad Homburg Falken040401090

AFVD Germany 1. Bundesliga Süd Gruppe B 1987

1Noris Rams7101875014
2Kempten Comets5301429010
3Ansbach Grizzlies (AFVD)5101213510
4Munich Cowboys170942102
5München Rangers04023930
6Rothenburg Knights000000

Note 1: Rothenburg Knights pulled out of league after 2 games (Record: 0-2-0 3-101 0)

Note 2: Results of a number of games involving Mainz Golden Eagles, Bad Homburg Falken, Ansbach Grizzlies and Muenchen Rangers not known.

AFVD German 1. Bundesliga Playoffs 1987

Match Day Playoffs - Achtelfinale
(Playoffs - Achtelfinale)
24 - 28

Cologne Red Barons vs Dortmund Giants

(Playoffs - Achtelfinale)
28 - 6

Ansbach Grizzlies (AFVD) vs Mainz Golden Eagles

(Playoffs - Achtelfinale)
10 - 32

Monheim Sharks vs Cologne Crocodiles

(Playoffs - Achtelfinale)
0 # - 20

Hanau Hawks vs Kempten Comets

Match Day Playoffs - Viertelfinale
(Playoffs - Viertelfinale)
48 - 6

Badener Greifs vs Dortmund Giants

(Playoffs - Viertelfinale)
88 - 2

Berlin Adler vs Kempten Comets

(Playoffs - Viertelfinale)
21 - 27

Düsseldorf Panther vs Ansbach Grizzlies (AFVD)

(Playoffs - Viertelfinale)
21 - 16

Noris Rams vs Cologne Crocodiles

Match Day Playoffs - Halbfinale
(Playoffs - Halbfinale)
21 - 17

Berlin Adler vs Noris Rams

(Playoffs - Halbfinale)
13 - 7

Badener Greifs vs Ansbach Grizzlies (AFVD)

Match Day German Bowl IX
(German Bowl IX)
37 - 12

Berlin Adler vs Badener Greifs

Note 3: Dates of games not known.

Britain Budweiser League National Division 1987

Budweiser League National Division Northern Conference 1987

1*Manchester Allstars10001.000387117
2*Fylde Falcons640.600342205
3Newcastle Senators (R)370.300124360
4Glasgow Lions370.300121200
5Manchester Spartans280.200137330

Budweiser League National Division Eastern Conference 1987

1*Luton Flyers820.800293136
2*Chelmsford Cherokee820.800202115
3CMK Coventry-Milton Keynes Bucks550.500209267
4Northants Stormbringers370.300177212
5Cambridge Cats (R)091.050152361

Budweiser League National Division Western Conference 1987

1*Leicester Panthers910.900318149
2*Birmingham Bulls730.700224132
3Nottingham Hoods730.700217154
4Cardiff Tigers (R)280.200131280
5Swindon Steelers (R)181.150138263

Budweiser League National Division Southern Conference 1987

1*London Ravens10001.00041286
2*London Olympians640.600266121
3Slough Silverbacks550.500243214
4Thames Valley Chargers460.400168207
5Steel City Giants (R)0100.00057424

BAFA Budweiser League National Division Playoffs 1987

FFFA France Casque d’Or 1987

FFFA France Casque d'Or Poule A 1987

1Joinville Anges Bleus6001301518
2Aix-en-Provence Argonautes420946414
3Paris Hurricanes150381076
4Antony Cherokees15018944

FFFA France Casque d'Or Poule B 1987

1Paris Spartacus5101431216
2Montpellier Wolfmen4201042914
3Fonteney Météores240288710
4Paris Wild Turkey150211686

FFFA France Casque d'Or Poule C 1987

1Paris Jets6001514818
2St. Etienne Titans231439911
3La Corneuve Flash24074739
4Paris Rangers14130789

FFFA France Casque d'Or Poule D 1987

1Paris Castors5102402116
2Paris Challengers510826616
3Lyon Samouraïs2406711410
4Nantes Drakkars060402286

FFFA France Casque d'Or Playoffs 1987

Note: 2 Pts Win, 1 Pt Tie, 0 Pts Loss, 1 Pt Match Played.

Note: A number of teams forfeited matches thus receiving 0 points for those matches.

SAJL Finland Vaahteraliiga Maple League 1987

SAJL Finland Vaahteramalja Maple League 1987

1Helsinki Roosters80135612217
2Turku Trojans7112569315
3Helsinki Colts72033516414
4Espoo FT Scotch72021410814
5Tampere Rocks4501742578
6Pori Bears4501482308
7East City Giants2611391745
8Oulu Northern Lights270813314
9Jyväskylä Rangers1711472543
10Vantaa Terrikulen AFT0721762932

SAJL Finland Vaahteraliiga Maple League 1987

Match Day Playoffs
24 - 3

Helsinki Roosters vs Helsinki Colts

28 - 7

Turku Trojans vs Espoo FT Scotch

Match Day Bronze Game
(Bronze Game)
49 - 24

Espoo FT Scotch vs Helsinki Colts

Match Day Vaahteramalja - Maple Bowl VIII
(Vaahteramalja - Maple Bowl VIII)
14 - 7

Helsinki Roosters vs Turku Trojans


NAFF Nederlandse American Football Federatie Playoffs 1987

Match Day Tulip Bowl III
(Tulip Bowl III)
47 - 13

Amsterdam Crusaders vs The Hague Raiders

SAFV Switzerland Meisterschaft 1987

SAFV Switzerland Meisterschaft Ost 1987

1Lugano Seagulls7100.8753041914
2Zurich Renegades7100.8752131514
3Bülach Giants3500.3751021266
4Zurich Bay Bandits2600.250691844
5Aarau Outlaws1700.125233672

SAFV Switzerland Meisterschaft West 1987

1Bienna Jets8001.0002644216
2Basilisk Mean Machine5300.62515412210
3St. Gallen Raiders5300.6251439210
4Berner Grizzlies1700.125501722
5Mendrisio Smugglers1700.125482312

SAFV Switzerland Meisterschaft Playoffs 1987

AFBÖ Austrian Football League 1987

AFBÖ Austrian Football League Playoffs 1987

Match Day Austrian Bowl III
(Austrian Bowl III)
20 - 0

Graz Giants vs Salzburg Lions

Note 5: Final Standings not known.

AFAI Irish American Football League 1987

IAFL Mourne Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
3Carrickfergus Cougars4600.40099126-27L1

IAFL Tara Conference 1987

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
4Bangor Buccaneers4600.40067221-154W1

Irish American Football League Playoffs 1987

Match Day Semi-Finals
20 - 28

Belfast Blitzers vs Craigavon Cowboys

43 - 0

Dublin Celts vs Belfast Giants

Match Day Shamrock Bowl II
(Shamrock Bowl II)
43 - 25

Dublin Celts vs Craigavon Cowboys


Eurobowl Playoffs 1988

Ireland’s Dublin Celts lost 36-12 in Austria to Graz Giants on 1 November 1987 in the Eurobowl Qualifying game. Graz Giants went on to compete in the Eurobowl Tournament proper in England from the 30 July 1988 to 7 August 1988.

The Helsinki Roosters won Eurobowl II behind the strong running of American Mike Kane who scored three touchdowns in their shock 35-33 defeat of favourites Frogs Legnano from Milan, Italy in the Semi-Finals, and then bettered that by scoring four touchdowns in the Roosters 35-14 triumph at Crystal Palace in London, in the Eurobowl II Final.

Frogs Legnano defeated Berlin Adler 28-3 in the Third Place Playoff.

National Bowl Games 1987

Qualifying for the Eurobowl Tournament 1988 was by winning the European Football League members’ National Bowl Game in 1987. Dublin Celts triumphed 43-25 over Craigavon Cowboys in Shamrock Bowl II to represent Ireland. The Celts met Austrian Bowl Champions Graz Giants in a Qualifying game after Graz won Austrian Bowl III 20-0 versus Salzburg Lions.

Italian Champions were Legnano Frogs who were victorious by 27-24 versus Seamen Milano in Super Bowl VII to win the 28-team Italian League. Berlin Adler were the German representatives after winning German Bowl IX 37-12 over Badener Greifs in the 24-team German 1. Bundesliga. British representatives London Ravens triumphed 40-23 over Manchester Allstars to take Britbowl III and the 20-team British Budweiser League National Division.

French Champions Paris Castors had a surprisingly easy 75-0 victory over Paris Jets to win the 16-team Casque d’Or for the Casque d’Or VI title. The ten team Finnish Maple League was won by Helsinki Roosters who triumphed 14-7 versus Turku Trojans in Maple Bowl VIII. Amsterdam Crusaders defeated The Hague Raiders 47-13 to win Tulip Bowl III in the Netherlands and in Switzerland Zurich Renegades won the 2nd Swiss Meisterschaft with an 8-0 win over Lugano Seagulls.

Map of Europe 2022

Map of Europe. [M-1] Map Contributor: Rainer Lesniewski (2022) Stock Vector ID: 151344206 europe map [Internet] Available from: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/europe-map-151344206 [Accessed 12 June 2022]

Flag Map of European Union 2022

Europe map and European Union flag.
Europe map and European Union flag. Friendship and cooperation concept. Vector illustration Vadi Fuoco [Internet] Available from: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/europe-map-european-union-flag-friendship-2082203368 [Accessed 24 December 2022]


Eurobowl Playoffs


[EU-1] Football History | Wayback Machine (2015) Eurobowl 1988 [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20151119234614/http://football-history.de/ [Accessed 27 April 2019]

[EU-2] Britball Now (2016) Eurobowl II, hosted in the United Kingdom, 1988 [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/European%20Competitions/EurobowlII.html [Accessed 11 January 2016]


[EU-3] Robertshaw, Neil et al (1988) Euro Bowl | Euro Crown Comes Home to Roost American Football News. August 11, 1988. pg. 19.


[I-1] Warriors Bologna (2022) Enciclopedia del football Italiano – 1987 – Associazione Italiana Football Americano [Internet] Available from: https://www.warriorsbologna.it/public/Enciclopedia/PDF/1987_aifa.pdf [Last Accessed 27 December 2022]


[D-1] Astreas Stojalowski / Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2003) 1. Bundesliga Nord 1987 [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20030530102128/http://astreas.stojalowski.de/1bundesliga/1987/NORD.HTM [Accessed 6 June 2021]

[D-2] Astreas Stojalowski / Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2003) 1. Bundesliga Sued 1987 [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20030530101845/http://astreas.stojalowski.de/1bundesliga/1987/SUED.HTM [Accessed 6 June 2021]


[GB-1] Anon. / Mark Lees (Ed.)(1987) “Results – Standings – Fixtures: Bud Playoffs: National” First Down. August 8, 1987. pg. 16. Mediawatch Ltd. Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK.


[F-1] Conf’Ouest (2001) Championnat Casque d’Or 1987 [Internet] Available from: http://confouest.free.fr/champion.htm [Accessed 18 April 2001][Broken Link]


[NL-1] Lucky Show (2019) American Football in Holland – Tulip Bowl [Internet] Available from: http://www.luckyshow.org/football/Tulip_Bowl.htm [Accessed 27 December 2022]


[SF-1] SAJL (2017) Vaahteraliiga – Sajataulukko 1987 [Internet] Available from: http://www.sajl.org/selaus/sarjataulukko.php?sarja=1&kausi=1987 [Accessed 22 December 2017]

[SF-2] SAJL (2017) Vaahteraliiga – Otteluohjelma 1987 [Internet] Available from: http://www.sajl.org/selaus/otteluohjelma.php?sarja=1&kausi=1987  [Accessed 22 December 2017]

[SF-3] Helsinki Roosters (2002) Maple League 1987 [Internet] Available from: http://www.roosters.fi/tila87.htm [Accessed 17 January 2002][Broken Link][Available on the Wayback Machine Internet Archive at: https://web.archive.org/web/20020107211626/http://www.roosters.fi/tila87.htm ][Accessed 27 December 2022]


[CH-1] SAFV / Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2005) Rangliste / Classement 1987 [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20051228232142/http://www.safv.ch/ [Accessed 5 June 2020]

[CH-2] SAFV / Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2005) Meisterschaft American Football 1987 [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/19981205013147/http://safv.ch/mei1987.htm [Accessed 5 June 2020]


[AUT-1] AFBÖ Austrian Football League (2020) Österreichische Meister [Internet] Available from: https://football-austria.com/austrian-bowl-champions [Accessed 18 April 2020]



[IRL-12] Britball Now (2016) Results Section [1987] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 23 March 2017]

[IRL-13] Anon. (1987) “Weekend Sport: American Football” Belfast Telegraph. April 27, 1987. pg. 29.

[IRL-12] Britball Now (2016) Results Section [1987] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 23 March 2017]

[IRL-38] Anon. (1987) “American football in town” Drogheda Independent. Friday, September 11, 1987. pg. 13 [Past Editions of the Drogheda Independent can be viewed online at https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ [Accessed 18 July 2019]

Logo References – Ireland

[1] Dublin Celts American Football Team Facebook Page (2016) Photo by Joseph Greene August 28, 2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1421158977901127&set=gm.269427200117075&type=3&theater&ifg=1 [Accessed 3 July 2018]

[2] Coleraine Chieftans (2002) Coleraine Chieftans: Chief Image [Internet] Available from: http://www.thecolerainechieftans.freeservers.com/images/chief.gif [Accessed 18 July 2018]

[3] Craigavon Cowboys – Twitter Account (2018) Profile Picture [Internet] Available from: https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/864100166680424448/TCauLbnj_400x400.jpg [Accessed 22 July 2018]

[4] Belfast Blitzers Facebook Page (2019) Post, August 12, 2019 at 1:31 PM [Internet] Available from:  https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/posts/2244208692356940?notif_id=1565921781157641&notif_t=comment_mention [Accessed 17 August 2019]

[6] Belfast Blitzers Facebook Page (2021) Post to Page by Belfast Blitzers, 5 February 2021: [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/146339398_3535274803250316_484236705150193506_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&ccb=2&_nc_sid=dbeb18&_nc_ohc=APIfzLRulaMAX9g3LLc&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=72bcf54f0435a9ab26cd035a8d2cf7c7&oe=604502C2 [Accessed 5 February 2021]

[11] Dublin Tornadoes Football Helmet – Authors’ Personal Collection – Purchased at http://www.417helmets.com


Thanks to Jo Buchanan (Craigavon Cowboys), Kevin Sharkey (Dublin Celts) and David Turner (Belfast Blitzers)


Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

REirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 28 December 2022

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