Dublin Rebels vs UCD Sentinels

[27] Vector — Labeled Color Map of Districts of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Copyright: lara2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.123rf.com/photo_144615978_labeled-color-map-of-districts-of-northern-ireland-united-kingdom.html?vti=lnoo9k86jx77fg2u6b-1-21 [Accessed 10 January 2022] Superimposed on Vector — Map of Ireland administrative divisions on counties level Copyright: lesniewski [Internet] Available from: https://www.123rf.com/photo_51580818_map-of-ireland-administrative-divisions-on-counties-level.html?vti=lnoo9k86jx77fg2u6b-1-1 [Accessed 10 January 2022] Combined with 2022 American Football Ireland Division 1 Team Logos by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie [10 January 2022]


[1] American Football Ireland (2020) AFI Logo 2020 [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/AFI-Logo-200.png [Accessed 10 February 2020]


[2] American Football Ireland (2022) AFI Division 1 2022 [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/americanfootball/division1/ [Accessed 2 March 2022]

[3] Gaelic Gridiron (2022) Post, 7 August 2022 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/gaelicgridiron/posts/pfbid02Zj4iGFKE1AYv4EQbn7gg4Ge3UAzFo8DXJ2ASogd9savPWh4QKXNkiChms449Z3Jsl [Accessed 8 August 2022]


[1] Cill Dara Crusaders Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, October 2, 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/CillDaraCrusaders/photos/a.143587636249820/148372745771309/ [Actual Logo Reference at: http://22181441_148372745771309_392433809994775255_o [Accessed 20 September 2021]

[20] Donegal Derry Vipers (2018) Donegal Derry Vipers Logo [Internet] Available from: http://ddvipers.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DDVIPERS.png [Accessed 21 January 2019]

[1] Trinity College Dublin American Football | Facebook (2019) TCD American Football Logo [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/214800495197037/photos/1306609992682743/ [Accessed 21 January 2019]

[35] Irish American Football Association (2017) UL Vikings Logo [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ULVikings-HI-RES-Logo.png [Accessed 30 November 2018]

[17] Westmeath Minotaurs | Facebook (2015) Westmeath Minotaurs Logo [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/12065840_1078155085529890_2779932276034449252_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=3673d2a991ca4920aad2e85dc589c794&oe=5CC01F4B [Accessed 21 January 2019]

[31] Irish American Football Association (2018) Wexford Eagles Team Logo [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Team-Logo-Wexford-Eagles.png [Accessed 21 January 2019]


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Hale Blue Devils vs Yarvard Crimson Tide

8,000 spectators turned out at Ravenhill, the home of Ulster Rugby in Belfast to see Hale Blue Devils take on Yarvard Crimson Tide at American Football in aid of the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSSFA). The names are not mis-spellings or typos but the names of Training Colleges associated with the Artillery Unit (Yarvard) and Service Unit (Hale) stationed in Northern Ireland during World War II.

The match was played as part of the European Theater of Operations (ETO) Football Championship in Autumn 1942 which took place in Northern Ireland. Raymond Chandler scored the opening touchdown, running in the ball in the first quarter to give Hale a 6-0 lead. Robert Hopfer equalised for Yarvard “running the ball on every play” and with Jay Wright succesfully making the Point After Touchdown kick the Crimson Tide were now 7-6 up in the second quarter.

In the third quarter Hale changed tactics, going to the air, with Quarterback David Zywicki passing to Arnold Carpenter, John Urban and Edmund Forczek to set up an 18 yard Field Goal for Carpenter as the Blue Devils retook the lead, 9-7.

Yarvard replied with a passing attack of their own, with Armando Lopez sending a “deadly passing attack” the way of his receivers who often found the ball “too hot to handle” and the game ended 9-7 to Hale. Afterwards a band and cheerleaders gave the fans the feel of a what a College game in the United States of America was like.


1st Quarter

HAL – Raymond Chandler TD Run 6-0

2nd Quarter

YAR – Robert Hopfer TD Run (Jay Wright PAT Kick Good) 6-7

3rd Quarter

HAL – Arnold Carpenter 18yd FG 9-7

4th Quarter

No scoring



[1] Massimo Foglio with Mark L. Ford (2015) “Second World War Part One: Americans on the British Isles 1942-1943 – November 14 1942 – Ravenhill, Belfast, Northern Ireland – Hale 9 Yarvard 7” Touchdown in Europe: How American Football Came to the Old Continent. pg. 49-51.


[1] Irish American Football Association (2016) Journey to Thirty [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/journeyto-thirty/ [Accessed 08 August 2016]

[2] Irish American Football Association (2016) History of US Teams playing in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/history-of-us-teams-playing-in-ireland/ [Accessed 22 November 2016]

[3] Irish American Football Association (2016) History [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/iafl/history.htm [Accessed 26 October 2016]

[4] Lucky Show (2016) American Football in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://www.luckyshow.org/football/Shamrock%20Bowl.htm [Accessed 5 June 2017]

[5] Dublin Town – Article by Gerry Farrell (2016) College Football Classic Ireland’s Relationship with American Football [Internet] Available from: http://www.dublintown.ie/irelands-relationship-with-american-football/ [Accessed 7 May 2018]


[7] Anon. (1942) . “Photo caption: American Football at Ravenhill”. Belfast News-Letter. Monday, 16 November 1942. pg. 6.

[8] Anon. (1942) “American Football: Large Attendance expected at Ravenhill” Belfast News-Letter. Saturday, 14 November 1942. pg. 4

Academic Articles

[10] Magee, Damian. “English Beer and American Football: Exporting American Football as a Cultural Commodity to the British Isles.” Irish Journal of American Studies, vol. 7, 1998, pp. 121–148. JSTOR, JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/30002410.



[13] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Post 22 August 2019: “ So this is the last of the photos in the archive, it’s of the Yarvard team at Sandy Bay, Larne Harbour on the 21st November 1942. “ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/photos/pcb.2260513057393170/2260507127393763/?type=3&theater [Accessed 23 August 2019]

[14] Belfast Blitzers | Faacebook (2019) Post 22 August 2019: “So this is the last of the photos in the archive, it’s of the Yarvard team at Sandy Bay, Larne Harbour on the 21st November 1942. “ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/photos/rpp.454643317980162/2260507354060407/?type=3&theater[Accessed 23 August 2019]


[14] Belfast Blitzers | Facebook (2019) Photo 22 August 2019 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/photos/pcb.2260513057393170/2260507127393763/?type=3&theater [Accessed 23 August 2019]


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