League: Northern Ireland American Football Association

Craigavon Cowboys American Football

Craigavon Cowboys season Report 1986

The Craigavon Cowboys played their first ever fully kitted game with pads and helmets in Shane Park, Lurgan, on May 19 1986 in the first ever fully kitted games in Northern Ireland between two Irish teams. Craigavon Cowboys lost that match 0-46 in what was an inauspicious start for a season that ended in triumph.

Another defeat in the American Independence Day Summer Bowl Festival in Dublin on August 6 followed, where they lost to Dublin Celts in the Semi-Finals of a four team Tournament played with a rolling clock and 20 minute quarters.

They again lost heavily to Belfast Blitzers in the Final Week on September 1, 0-40 but on September 27 they defeated Coleraine Chieftains 33-0 which enabled them to advance to the Shamrock Bowl, which was arranged after the season had ended. There they won 6-2 versus the Dublin Celts with a Touchdown by Nigel Trimble with only four minutes remaining, having gone 2-0 down in the first half having conceded a safety.

The Cowboys thus went down in history as the first winners of the Shamrock Bowl, Ireland’s Super Bowl. The turnaround was largely attributed to Chuck Ebron, a new Coach brought in from USA for the second half of the season.

Note: For the Standings (as is currently known by Eirball) for the 1986 season please see below the References Section.

Craigavon cowboys IAFL Season Results 1986

Note: Please Click on the relevant matches to be brought to a page detailing the Scores, scorers, and players lists as well as a Match Reports.

Craigavon Cowboys IAFL Preseason Results 1986

Craigavon Cowboys IAFL Festival Results 1986

Note: Non-Regular season 4th of July American Independence Day Tournament

Craigavon Cowboys IAFL Regular Season Results 1986

Craigavon Cowboys IAFL Playoffs 1986

Standings 1986

PosTeam
1
2
3
4New St.
5
6
7
8
9
10West Sulawesi
11Idaho Horsemen
11Oregon High Desert Storm
13Dublin City University
14Cathal Brugha
14Milford B
16
17
18
19
20
20Frankfurt Galaxy
20Hamburg Sea Devils
20IT Carlow
20
20
20New Zealand
20Papua New Guinea
20Tri-City Rush
20Tristar A Castlederg
20Twin Towns A
31
32IT Sligo
33Romania
34South Sumatra
35
35Elezkano II - Zabaleta
35Green Swifts Rockhill
35Milford A
35Milford B
35Nauru
35North Dublin
35Panthers Wroclaw
35The Warriors
35Twin Towns
35United States of America
46
47
47
49Malta
50Mullinavat
51Azzurri Santa Croce
52
52Campbell College Belfast
52Canada
52Cologne Centurions
52Craigavon Aztecs U21
52
52Enniskillen Blockbusters U21
52Great Britain
52HC Steaua Bucharest (Rom)
52
52
52
52Larne Grammar School
52Marian
52
52South Africa
52St. Vincent's
52Stuttgart Surge
52Tristar Castlederg
52University College Cork
52Vancouver Pilsners
73
74
75
76Rossi Santa Maria Novella
77
77Alphas (USA)
77
77Barrack St.
77
77Belgium
77Berlin Thunder
77Blues
77Bruckless
77
77
77Carrickfergus Cougars
77Claremorris
77Conquerors
77
77
77Dynamo L Apero
77Fiji
77Generals
77Glenalbyn
77Kinsalebeg
77Leipzig Kings
77Letterkenny
77Lifford
77
77Maynooth University
77PNE Indians
77
77Setanta
77Touraneena
77Twin Towns B
77Woolly Jumpers Carrick
109Kilmoganny
110Lithuania
111
112
113
114
114
114Albania
114Aldergrove Hawks
114Algeria
114Altuna III - Mariezkurrena II
114
114
114Argentina
114
114Artola - Aranguren
114
114
114Ashbourne Stags
114
114Australia
114Austria
114Aviators
114Ayr Burners (Sco)
114BI Academy
114Bahrain
114Bailey Joe Allen Hall
114
114Ballina
114Ballynahinch
114Baltimore Rough Riders
114
114Bangladesh
114Bangor Buccaneers
114Barcelona Dragons
114Barrack St.
114Beat Around Debuchy
114
114Belfast Giants
114
114
114
114Blazers
114Bolivia
114Borris-Ileagh
114Boston Shamrocks
114Brazil
114Brooklyn Dodgers
114Brunei
114Bulgaria
114Burnaby Lakers
114Campbell College Belfast
114Canada
114
114
114
114
114
114Chile
114
114Clashmore
114Clonard
114Clontarf
114
114Colombia
114
114
114Coquitlam Adanacs
114
114Cork Constitution
114
114Corrib
114Cory in the House FC
114Costa Rica
114Craigavon Aztecs U21
114Cuchulainn Hurling Club
114Cyprus
114Czechoslovakia
114Céide Lámh Dhearg
114
114
114
114Denmark
114
114Derrynoose
114Dicksboro
114
114
114
114Dragons Rouen (Fra)
114
114
114
114
114Dublin Spartans B
114
114Dublin University
114
114
114East Germany
114Ecuador
114
114El Salvador
114
114England
114Enniskillen Blockbusters U21
114Exeter Softly FC
114Ezkurdia - Ladis Galarza
114Fanatical Dodgers
114Finland
114Flames Blueus Reims (Fra)
114
114France
114France
114
114
114
114
114
114Garryowen
114
114
114Gothiques Amiens (Fra)
114Grads
114Greece
114Green Isle All-Stars
114Guatemala
114HC Dunarea Galati (Rom)
114HC Progrym Gheorgheni (Rom)
114HC Sportul Studentesc (Rom)
114HK ECE Celje (Slo)
114HK Hidria Jesenice (Slo)
114HK Slavija Junior (Bul)
114HK Triglav (Slo)
114HK True Celje (Slo)
114HK Vojvodina (Ser)
114Haiti
114Honduras
114Hong Kong
114Hungary
114IK Esbjerg (Den)
114IK Herning (Den)
114IMASA Sf. Gheorghe (Rom)
114
114Iceland
114Inchicore College
114India
114Indonesia
114Inter Bens Bike
114Iran
114Iraq
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114Iremany
114Is Your Motherwell
114Israel
114It's about to get Messi
114JK Brackens
114Jaka - Martija
114Jambi
114James Stephens
114Japan
114Jordan
114Jordanstown Jaguars
114Jousters
114KADCA (Badminton)
114KHL Medveščak (Cro)
114KHL Mladost (Bul)
114KHL Zagreb (Cro)
114Kamikazee
114
114
114
114
114
114
114Kilruane MacDonaghs
114Kinsalebeg
114Kuwait
114Landsdowne
114
114
114Lebanon
114
114Letterkenny
114Libya
114
114Linemen
114
114Loco Polo
114
114Loughmore-Castleiney
114
114Luxembourg
114Macau
114Malaysia
114Malta
114
114Mariners Baseball B
114Marlboro Shamrocks (Mass)
114
114
114Middletown Na Fianna
114Milford A
114Moleicester City
114Mooncoin
114Morocco
114
114
114Nanaimo Native Sons
114Naomh Moninne
114Nenagh Éire Óg
114Nepal
114
114Netherlands
114New Collection
114New Westminster Salmonacs
114New Westminster Salmonbellies
114New York Giants
114New York Yankees
114New Zealand
114Newcastle Senators (Eng)
114North Korea
114North Sumatra
114
114Northern Ireland
114
114Norway
114
114Obi 1 Kenobi 0
114
114Olaizola II - Rezusta
114Oman
114
114PR China
114Papua
114Papua
114Paraguay
114Peru
114Peña II - Albisu
114Pintmen FC
114Poland FIFA
114Port Coquitlam Saints
114Portugal
114Qatar
114
114
114
114Republic of Ireland
114Romania
114Roscrea
114SC Miercurea Ciuc (Rom)
114SKHL Crvena Zvezda (Ser)
114
114
114Saudi Arabia
114
114Scotland
114Sea Lions
114Sean Treacy’s Hurling Club
114Singapore
114Skinny Jeans & thongs
114Sligo City BC
114Smack my Bilic Up
114Snorting Lisbon
114Sombrero Gaels
114South Fraser Stickmen
114South Korea
114South Sulawesi
114Spain
114Spastic Hawks
114Spirish Wildcats
114Straight to Town
114
114Surinam
114Sweden
114Switzerland
114Syria
114Taiwan
114Taking the Mkhitaryan
114
114
114Terenure College
114Thailand
114The All Blacks
114The Tribe 2.0
114Thurles Sarsfields
114Tilburg Trappers (Ned)
114Timova FC
114
114Toomevara
114Toronto Maple Leafs
114Trinidad & Tobago
114
114
114Tristar B Castlederg
114Tunisia
114Turkey
114
114
114
114
114
114USSR
114
114United Arab Emirates FIFA
114United States of America FIFA
114University College Cork (IRFU Rugby Union)
114
114University College Dublin
114University College Dublin (IRFU Rugby Union)
114University of Limerick
114Urrutikoetxea - Imaz
114Uruguay
114Venezuela
114Victoria Shamrocks
114Victoria Shamrocks
114
114Wales
114
114Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks
114West Bondage Albion
114West Germany
114West St.
114West Sulawesi
114
114Wirral Wolves
114Wolves of university street
114Yakima Canines
114Yemen AR
114Yemen PDR
114Young Munster
114Yugoslavia
114
455Bianchi Santo Spirito
456Clara
457Verdi San Giovanni
458
459
PosTeam
1
2
3
4New St.
5
6
7
8
9
10West Sulawesi
11Idaho Horsemen
11Oregon High Desert Storm
13Dublin City University
14Cathal Brugha
14Milford B
16
17
18
19
20
20Frankfurt Galaxy
20Hamburg Sea Devils
20IT Carlow
20
20
20New Zealand
20Papua New Guinea
20Tri-City Rush
20Tristar A Castlederg
20Twin Towns A
31
32IT Sligo
33Romania
34South Sumatra
35
35Elezkano II - Zabaleta
35Green Swifts Rockhill
35Milford A
35Milford B
35Nauru
35North Dublin
35Panthers Wroclaw
35The Warriors
35Twin Towns
35United States of America
46
47
47
49Malta
50Mullinavat
51Azzurri Santa Croce
52
52Campbell College Belfast
52Canada
52Cologne Centurions
52Craigavon Aztecs U21
52
52Enniskillen Blockbusters U21
52Great Britain
52HC Steaua Bucharest (Rom)
52
52
52
52Larne Grammar School
52Marian
52
52South Africa
52St. Vincent's
52Stuttgart Surge
52Tristar Castlederg
52University College Cork
52Vancouver Pilsners
73
74
75
76Rossi Santa Maria Novella
77
77Alphas (USA)
77
77Barrack St.
77
77Belgium
77Berlin Thunder
77Blues
77Bruckless
77
77
77Carrickfergus Cougars
77Claremorris
77Conquerors
77
77
77Dynamo L Apero
77Fiji
77Generals
77Glenalbyn
77Kinsalebeg
77Leipzig Kings
77Letterkenny
77Lifford
77
77Maynooth University
77PNE Indians
77
77Setanta
77Touraneena
77Twin Towns B
77Woolly Jumpers Carrick
109Kilmoganny
110Lithuania
111
112
113
114
114
114Albania
114Aldergrove Hawks
114Algeria
114Altuna III - Mariezkurrena II
114
114
114Argentina
114
114Artola - Aranguren
114
114
114Ashbourne Stags
114
114Australia
114Austria
114Aviators
114Ayr Burners (Sco)
114BI Academy
114Bahrain
114Bailey Joe Allen Hall
114
114Ballina
114Ballynahinch
114Baltimore Rough Riders
114
114Bangladesh
114Bangor Buccaneers
114Barcelona Dragons
114Barrack St.
114Beat Around Debuchy
114
114Belfast Giants
114
114
114
114Blazers
114Bolivia
114Borris-Ileagh
114Boston Shamrocks
114Brazil
114Brooklyn Dodgers
114Brunei
114Bulgaria
114Burnaby Lakers
114Campbell College Belfast
114Canada
114
114
114
114
114
114Chile
114
114Clashmore
114Clonard
114Clontarf
114
114Colombia
114
114
114Coquitlam Adanacs
114
114Cork Constitution
114
114Corrib
114Cory in the House FC
114Costa Rica
114Craigavon Aztecs U21
114Cuchulainn Hurling Club
114Cyprus
114Czechoslovakia
114Céide Lámh Dhearg
114
114
114
114Denmark
114
114Derrynoose
114Dicksboro
114
114
114
114Dragons Rouen (Fra)
114
114
114
114
114Dublin Spartans B
114
114Dublin University
114
114
114East Germany
114Ecuador
114
114El Salvador
114
114England
114Enniskillen Blockbusters U21
114Exeter Softly FC
114Ezkurdia - Ladis Galarza
114Fanatical Dodgers
114Finland
114Flames Blueus Reims (Fra)
114
114France
114France
114
114
114
114
114
114Garryowen
114
114
114Gothiques Amiens (Fra)
114Grads
114Greece
114Green Isle All-Stars
114Guatemala
114HC Dunarea Galati (Rom)
114HC Progrym Gheorgheni (Rom)
114HC Sportul Studentesc (Rom)
114HK ECE Celje (Slo)
114HK Hidria Jesenice (Slo)
114HK Slavija Junior (Bul)
114HK Triglav (Slo)
114HK True Celje (Slo)
114HK Vojvodina (Ser)
114Haiti
114Honduras
114Hong Kong
114Hungary
114IK Esbjerg (Den)
114IK Herning (Den)
114IMASA Sf. Gheorghe (Rom)
114
114Iceland
114Inchicore College
114India
114Indonesia
114Inter Bens Bike
114Iran
114Iraq
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114Iremany
114Is Your Motherwell
114Israel
114It's about to get Messi
114JK Brackens
114Jaka - Martija
114Jambi
114James Stephens
114Japan
114Jordan
114Jordanstown Jaguars
114Jousters
114KADCA (Badminton)
114KHL Medveščak (Cro)
114KHL Mladost (Bul)
114KHL Zagreb (Cro)
114Kamikazee
114
114
114
114
114
114
114Kilruane MacDonaghs
114Kinsalebeg
114Kuwait
114Landsdowne
114
114
114Lebanon
114
114Letterkenny
114Libya
114
114Linemen
114
114Loco Polo
114
114Loughmore-Castleiney
114
114Luxembourg
114Macau
114Malaysia
114Malta
114
114Mariners Baseball B
114Marlboro Shamrocks (Mass)
114
114
114Middletown Na Fianna
114Milford A
114Moleicester City
114Mooncoin
114Morocco
114
114
114Nanaimo Native Sons
114Naomh Moninne
114Nenagh Éire Óg
114Nepal
114
114Netherlands
114New Collection
114New Westminster Salmonacs
114New Westminster Salmonbellies
114New York Giants
114New York Yankees
114New Zealand
114Newcastle Senators (Eng)
114North Korea
114North Sumatra
114
114Northern Ireland
114
114Norway
114
114Obi 1 Kenobi 0
114
114Olaizola II - Rezusta
114Oman
114
114PR China
114Papua
114Papua
114Paraguay
114Peru
114Peña II - Albisu
114Pintmen FC
114Poland FIFA
114Port Coquitlam Saints
114Portugal
114Qatar
114
114
114
114Republic of Ireland
114Romania
114Roscrea
114SC Miercurea Ciuc (Rom)
114SKHL Crvena Zvezda (Ser)
114
114
114Saudi Arabia
114
114Scotland
114Sea Lions
114Sean Treacy’s Hurling Club
114Singapore
114Skinny Jeans & thongs
114Sligo City BC
114Smack my Bilic Up
114Snorting Lisbon
114Sombrero Gaels
114South Fraser Stickmen
114South Korea
114South Sulawesi
114Spain
114Spastic Hawks
114Spirish Wildcats
114Straight to Town
114
114Surinam
114Sweden
114Switzerland
114Syria
114Taiwan
114Taking the Mkhitaryan
114
114
114Terenure College
114Thailand
114The All Blacks
114The Tribe 2.0
114Thurles Sarsfields
114Tilburg Trappers (Ned)
114Timova FC
114
114Toomevara
114Toronto Maple Leafs
114Trinidad & Tobago
114
114
114Tristar B Castlederg
114Tunisia
114Turkey
114
114
114
114
114
114USSR
114
114United Arab Emirates FIFA
114United States of America FIFA
114University College Cork (IRFU Rugby Union)
114
114University College Dublin
114University College Dublin (IRFU Rugby Union)
114University of Limerick
114Urrutikoetxea - Imaz
114Uruguay
114Venezuela
114Victoria Shamrocks
114Victoria Shamrocks
114
114Wales
114
114Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks
114West Bondage Albion
114West Germany
114West St.
114West Sulawesi
114
114Wirral Wolves
114Wolves of university street
114Yakima Canines
114Yemen AR
114Yemen PDR
114Young Munster
114Yugoslavia
114
455Bianchi Santo Spirito
456Clara
457Verdi San Giovanni
458
459

Note: The NIAFA was a League on Paper only that included only Regular Season Matches played by Northern Ireland teams amongst themselves – no extra matches were played. It is like a “Northern Conference” Table.

PosTeam
1
2
3
4New St.
5
6
7
8
9
10West Sulawesi
11Idaho Horsemen
11Oregon High Desert Storm
13Dublin City University
14Cathal Brugha
14Milford B
16
17
18
19
20
20Frankfurt Galaxy
20Hamburg Sea Devils
20IT Carlow
20
20
20New Zealand
20Papua New Guinea
20Tri-City Rush
20Tristar A Castlederg
20Twin Towns A
31
32IT Sligo
33Romania
34South Sumatra
35
35Elezkano II - Zabaleta
35Green Swifts Rockhill
35Milford A
35Milford B
35Nauru
35North Dublin
35Panthers Wroclaw
35The Warriors
35Twin Towns
35United States of America
46
47
47
49Malta
50Mullinavat
51Azzurri Santa Croce
52
52Campbell College Belfast
52Canada
52Cologne Centurions
52Craigavon Aztecs U21
52
52Enniskillen Blockbusters U21
52Great Britain
52HC Steaua Bucharest (Rom)
52
52
52
52Larne Grammar School
52Marian
52
52South Africa
52St. Vincent's
52Stuttgart Surge
52Tristar Castlederg
52University College Cork
52Vancouver Pilsners
73
74
75
76Rossi Santa Maria Novella
77
77Alphas (USA)
77
77Barrack St.
77
77Belgium
77Berlin Thunder
77Blues
77Bruckless
77
77
77Carrickfergus Cougars
77Claremorris
77Conquerors
77
77
77Dynamo L Apero
77Fiji
77Generals
77Glenalbyn
77Kinsalebeg
77Leipzig Kings
77Letterkenny
77Lifford
77
77Maynooth University
77PNE Indians
77
77Setanta
77Touraneena
77Twin Towns B
77Woolly Jumpers Carrick
109Kilmoganny
110Lithuania
111
112
113
114
114
114Albania
114Aldergrove Hawks
114Algeria
114Altuna III - Mariezkurrena II
114
114
114Argentina
114
114Artola - Aranguren
114
114
114Ashbourne Stags
114
114Australia
114Austria
114Aviators
114Ayr Burners (Sco)
114BI Academy
114Bahrain
114Bailey Joe Allen Hall
114
114Ballina
114Ballynahinch
114Baltimore Rough Riders
114
114Bangladesh
114Bangor Buccaneers
114Barcelona Dragons
114Barrack St.
114Beat Around Debuchy
114
114Belfast Giants
114
114
114
114Blazers
114Bolivia
114Borris-Ileagh
114Boston Shamrocks
114Brazil
114Brooklyn Dodgers
114Brunei
114Bulgaria
114Burnaby Lakers
114Campbell College Belfast
114Canada
114
114
114
114
114
114Chile
114
114Clashmore
114Clonard
114Clontarf
114
114Colombia
114
114
114Coquitlam Adanacs
114
114Cork Constitution
114
114Corrib
114Cory in the House FC
114Costa Rica
114Craigavon Aztecs U21
114Cuchulainn Hurling Club
114Cyprus
114Czechoslovakia
114Céide Lámh Dhearg
114
114
114
114Denmark
114
114Derrynoose
114Dicksboro
114
114
114
114Dragons Rouen (Fra)
114
114
114
114
114Dublin Spartans B
114
114Dublin University
114
114
114East Germany
114Ecuador
114
114El Salvador
114
114England
114Enniskillen Blockbusters U21
114Exeter Softly FC
114Ezkurdia - Ladis Galarza
114Fanatical Dodgers
114Finland
114Flames Blueus Reims (Fra)
114
114France
114France
114
114
114
114
114
114Garryowen
114
114
114Gothiques Amiens (Fra)
114Grads
114Greece
114Green Isle All-Stars
114Guatemala
114HC Dunarea Galati (Rom)
114HC Progrym Gheorgheni (Rom)
114HC Sportul Studentesc (Rom)
114HK ECE Celje (Slo)
114HK Hidria Jesenice (Slo)
114HK Slavija Junior (Bul)
114HK Triglav (Slo)
114HK True Celje (Slo)
114HK Vojvodina (Ser)
114Haiti
114Honduras
114Hong Kong
114Hungary
114IK Esbjerg (Den)
114IK Herning (Den)
114IMASA Sf. Gheorghe (Rom)
114
114Iceland
114Inchicore College
114India
114Indonesia
114Inter Bens Bike
114Iran
114Iraq
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114
114Iremany
114Is Your Motherwell
114Israel
114It's about to get Messi
114JK Brackens
114Jaka - Martija
114Jambi
114James Stephens
114Japan
114Jordan
114Jordanstown Jaguars
114Jousters
114KADCA (Badminton)
114KHL Medveščak (Cro)
114KHL Mladost (Bul)
114KHL Zagreb (Cro)
114Kamikazee
114
114
114
114
114
114
114Kilruane MacDonaghs
114Kinsalebeg
114Kuwait
114Landsdowne
114
114
114Lebanon
114
114Letterkenny
114Libya
114
114Linemen
114
114Loco Polo
114
114Loughmore-Castleiney
114
114Luxembourg
114Macau
114Malaysia
114Malta
114
114Mariners Baseball B
114Marlboro Shamrocks (Mass)
114
114
114Middletown Na Fianna
114Milford A
114Moleicester City
114Mooncoin
114Morocco
114
114
114Nanaimo Native Sons
114Naomh Moninne
114Nenagh Éire Óg
114Nepal
114
114Netherlands
114New Collection
114New Westminster Salmonacs
114New Westminster Salmonbellies
114New York Giants
114New York Yankees
114New Zealand
114Newcastle Senators (Eng)
114North Korea
114North Sumatra
114
114Northern Ireland
114
114Norway
114
114Obi 1 Kenobi 0
114
114Olaizola II - Rezusta
114Oman
114
114PR China
114Papua
114Papua
114Paraguay
114Peru
114Peña II - Albisu
114Pintmen FC
114Poland FIFA
114Port Coquitlam Saints
114Portugal
114Qatar
114
114
114
114Republic of Ireland
114Romania
114Roscrea
114SC Miercurea Ciuc (Rom)
114SKHL Crvena Zvezda (Ser)
114
114
114Saudi Arabia
114
114Scotland
114Sea Lions
114Sean Treacy’s Hurling Club
114Singapore
114Skinny Jeans & thongs
114Sligo City BC
114Smack my Bilic Up
114Snorting Lisbon
114Sombrero Gaels
114South Fraser Stickmen
114South Korea
114South Sulawesi
114Spain
114Spastic Hawks
114Spirish Wildcats
114Straight to Town
114
114Surinam
114Sweden
114Switzerland
114Syria
114Taiwan
114Taking the Mkhitaryan
114
114
114Terenure College
114Thailand
114The All Blacks
114The Tribe 2.0
114Thurles Sarsfields
114Tilburg Trappers (Ned)
114Timova FC
114
114Toomevara
114Toronto Maple Leafs
114Trinidad & Tobago
114
114
114Tristar B Castlederg
114Tunisia
114Turkey
114
114
114
114
114
114USSR
114
114United Arab Emirates FIFA
114United States of America FIFA
114University College Cork (IRFU Rugby Union)
114
114University College Dublin
114University College Dublin (IRFU Rugby Union)
114University of Limerick
114Urrutikoetxea - Imaz
114Uruguay
114Venezuela
114Victoria Shamrocks
114Victoria Shamrocks
114
114Wales
114
114Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks
114West Bondage Albion
114West Germany
114West St.
114West Sulawesi
114
114Wirral Wolves
114Wolves of university street
114Yakima Canines
114Yemen AR
114Yemen PDR
114Young Munster
114Yugoslavia
114
455Bianchi Santo Spirito
456Clara
457Verdi San Giovanni
458
459

Note: No Official Standings were kept for all games played over the course of the 7 different competitions or stages of the 1986 IAFA season, this is a Composite Table calculated automatically by Eirball.

Roster 1986

 

Logo References

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

REFERENCES

[1] Miriam Lord (1986) “Crunch: but could they handle Moss Keane?” Irish Independent. Monday, March 17, 1986. pg. 7

[2] BritballNow (2017) British and Irish sides Friendly results against foreign opposition [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/UKClubsForeignOppo.html [Accessed 16 November 2017]

[3] James Mulcahy (1986) “Savage Celts” Irish Independent. Thursday, March 27, 1986. pg. 9.

[4] BritballNow (2017) Newcastle Senators [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/Britball%20Teams/NEWCASTLESENATORS.htm [Internet] [Accessed 25 June 2021]

[5] Irish American Football League (2002) Other Events [Internet] Available from: http://americanfootball.ie/iafl/otherevents02.htm [Accessed 20 March 2018]

[6] Anon. (1986) “Cowboys into Shamrock Bowl” Belfast Telegraph. Monday, September 29, 1986. Pg. 18.

Past Copies of the Belfast Telegraph are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/

[7] Anon. (1986) “American Football comes to Dublin” Irish Press. Wednesday, November 12, 1986. Pg. 11. [Past Copies of the Irish Press are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ ]

[8] Anon. (1986) “Today’s sport” Irish Press. Wednesday, Friday, November 28, 1986. pg. 22 [Past Copies of the Irish Press are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ ]

[9] Anon. (1986) “Marlboro on the march” Irish Press. Wednesday, Friday, November 28, 1986. pg. 17 [Past Copies of the Irish Press are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ ]

[10] Sean Moloney (1986) “Shamrocks from USA are playing to win” Evening Herald. Saturday, November 29, 1986. pg. 6.

WEBSITES

[11] Britball Now (2016) History of the Game in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/ireland/history-of-the-game-in.html [Accessed 02 October 2016]

[12] Britball Now (2008) UK Clubs Against Foreign Opposition [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/UKClubsForeignOppo.html [Accessed 16 November 2008]

[13] Semi-Pro Football (2017) Eastern Football League Champions [Internet] Available from: http://www.semiprofootball.org/minor/champs/eastfl.htm [Accessed 16 November 2017]

SOURCES

[14] Kevin Sharkey (2020) “The Dublin Celts” Word Document shared by John Gunning on Facebook Messenger with permission.

REFERENCES

[1] Anon (1986) “Crunch: but could they handle Moss Keane?” Irish Independent. Monday, March 17, 1986. pg. 7

Past copies of the Irish Independent are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/

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) “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.

[9] 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.

[10] 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.

[11] 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.

[12] 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.

IMAGES

[13] 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.

[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.

[17] Anon. (1986) “Sport in Brief: American Football” Sunday Press. August 17th, 1986. pg. 25.

[18] Anon. (1986) “Dublin Celts are Blitzed” Sunday Press. August 17th, 1986. pg. 25.

MEDIA

[19] 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]

SOCIAL MEDIA

[1] 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]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Jo Buchanan (Craigavon Cowboys)

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 17 July 2021

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020-2021

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved. The Logos and Photos used in this article remain the property of the organisations and individuals which own the copyright and are used here for educational and information purposes only.

Belfast Blitzers

Belfast Blitzers Season Report 1986

Belfast Blitzers played the first ever fully-kitted game of American Football between two Irish teams in Northern Ireland on May 19th 1986 when they won 46-0 versus Craigavon Cowboys at Shane Park in Lurgan.

On the 1st of June they played Dublin Celts in Dublin in the 1st Leg of the Capitol Bowl, losing 7-46, and despite losing the tie overall 31-66 on aggregate they did become the first ever team to defeat the Dublin Celts, when on June 22nd they won 24-20 in the 2nd Leg in Belfast.

They again played the Dublin Celts on July 6th in Dublin as part of the Summer Bowl American Independence Day Tournament, losing to their rivals in the Final after defeating the Coleraine Chieftains in the Semi-Finals.

In the penultimate week of the season in Carrickfergus as part of the Carrick Festival, they defeated the hometown Cougars 55-6. This set them up nicely for their match against the Dublin Celts for the All-Ireland Championship the following week which they won 7-0, evening the score 2-2 on head-to-head with the Dublin team.

This was the last match they played in 1986 as they declined to take part in the Shamrock Bowl, which was arranged following the season, as the considered themselves already Champions having won both the All-Ireland Championship and League titles.

Belfast blitzers Irish American Football League Results 1986

Note: Please Click on the relevant matches to be brought to a page detailing the Scores, scorers, and players lists as well as a Match Report.

Belfast Blitzers Irish American Football League Results 1986

Note: To view Players Lists, Management and Season Standings please navigate to below the References Section.

References

[1] 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]

REFERENCES

[1] Miriam Lord (1986) “Crunch: but could they handle Moss Keane?” Irish Independent. Monday, March 17, 1986. pg. 7

[2] BritballNow (2017) British and Irish sides Friendly results against foreign opposition [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/UKClubsForeignOppo.html [Accessed 16 November 2017]

[3] James Mulcahy (1986) “Savage Celts” Irish Independent. Thursday, March 27, 1986. pg. 9.

[4] BritballNow (2017) Newcastle Senators [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/Britball%20Teams/NEWCASTLESENATORS.htm [Internet] [Accessed 25 June 2021]

[5] Irish American Football League (2002) Other Events [Internet] Available from: http://americanfootball.ie/iafl/otherevents02.htm [Accessed 20 March 2018]

[6] Anon. (1986) “Cowboys into Shamrock Bowl” Belfast Telegraph. Monday, September 29, 1986. Pg. 18.

Past Copies of the Belfast Telegraph are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/

[7] Anon. (1986) “American Football comes to Dublin” Irish Press. Wednesday, November 12, 1986. Pg. 11. [Past Copies of the Irish Press are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ ]

[8] Anon. (1986) “Today’s sport” Irish Press. Wednesday, Friday, November 28, 1986. pg. 22 [Past Copies of the Irish Press are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ ]

[9] Anon. (1986) “Marlboro on the march” Irish Press. Wednesday, Friday, November 28, 1986. pg. 17 [Past Copies of the Irish Press are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ ]

[10] Sean Moloney (1986) “Shamrocks from USA are playing to win” Evening Herald. Saturday, November 29, 1986. pg. 6.

WEBSITES

[11] Britball Now (2016) History of the Game in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/ireland/history-of-the-game-in.html [Accessed 02 October 2016]

[12] Britball Now (2008) UK Clubs Against Foreign Opposition [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/UKClubsForeignOppo.html [Accessed 16 November 2008]

[13] Semi-Pro Football (2017) Eastern Football League Champions [Internet] Available from: http://www.semiprofootball.org/minor/champs/eastfl.htm [Accessed 16 November 2017]

SOURCES

[14] Kevin Sharkey (2020) “The Dublin Celts” Word Document shared by John Gunning on Facebook Messenger with permission.

REFERENCES

[1] Anon (1986) “Crunch: but could they handle Moss Keane?” Irish Independent. Monday, March 17, 1986. pg. 7

Past copies of the Irish Independent are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/

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) “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.

[9] 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.

[10] 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.

[11] 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.

[12] 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.

IMAGES

[13] 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.

[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.

[17] Anon. (1986) “Sport in Brief: American Football” Sunday Press. August 17th, 1986. pg. 25.

[18] Anon. (1986) “Dublin Celts are Blitzed” Sunday Press. August 17th, 1986. pg. 25.

MEDIA

[19] 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]

SOCIAL MEDIA

[1] 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]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to David Turner (Belfast Blitzers)

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

REirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 19 November 2020

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2019-2020

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

Coleraine Chieftains vs Craigavon Cowboys

Craigavon Cowboys finished their preparations for the first ever Shamrock Bowl by defeating Coleraine Chieftains 33-0 in Londonderry YMCA, Drumahoe, thanks to three touchdowns by Running Back Stanley Kingsmill and a touchdown each by Wide Receiver John Mullally and running back Nigel Trimble.

References

[1] Anon. (1986) “Cowboys into ‘Shamrock Bowl'” Belfast Telegraph. Monday, September 29, 1986. pg. 18

[2] Anon. (1986) “Cowboys to meet the Celts” Belfast Telegraph. Saturday, September 27, 1986. pg. 24

[3] Anon (1986) “A cracking good show for grid-iron fans” Belfast Telegraph. Tuesday, September 23, 1986. pg. 24

[Past Copies of the Belfast Telegraph are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ ]

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Craigavon Cowboys vs Belfast Blitzers

The Belfast Blitzers defeated the Craigavon Cowboys for the second time in 1986, winning 40-0 at Goodyear in Craigavon, two weeks after winning the Irish Championship against the Dublin Celts.

References

[1] Anon. (1986) “Cowboys look for revenge” Belfast Telegraph. Friday, August 29, 1986. Pg. 22.  [Past copies of the Belfast Telegraph are available to view online at https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ ]

[2] Craigavon Cowboys American Football Team Website (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]

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Carrickfergus Cougars vs Belfast Blitzers

The Belfast Blitzers made good preparations for the Irish Championship the following Sunday by defeating Carrickfergus Cougars 55-6 as part of the Carrick Festival. Gary Allen scored the Home Teams only touchdown while Derek McCord, Derek Hardy, Patsy Lundy, Damien McHugh and William Perry Neill all scored for the Blitzers.

References

[1] Anon. (1986) “Picture Caption” Belfast Telegraph. Monday, August 11, 1986. pg. 30

[2] Anon. (1986) “American flavour” Belfast Telegraph. Friday, August 8, 1986. pg. 26

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Coleraine Chieftains vs Belfast Blitzers

Report

Belfast Blitzers and Coleraine Chieftains met each other once in 1986 at Portrush on the Co. Down coast, where the Blitzers won.

The match was played as part of the Yankee Doodle Day which involved a special calvacade of American vintage motorcars which left Belfast on Saturday morning for the seaside resort, arriving on Sunday, via Antrim, Ballymena, Rasharkin, Cullybackey, Coleraine and Portstewart on its way to Portrush.

A Texas Rodeo Bull Ride, Arm wrestling and the Belfast Community Circus were also part of the events which were in aid of Ballymena Mentally Handicapped Hostel Fund and the Waverley Hospital.

References

Newspapers

[1] Anon. (1986) “Stylish motors take to the roads” Belfast Telegraph. Saturday, May 31, 1986. pg. 22. [Past Copies of the Belfast Telegraph are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ ]

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]

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