Carrickfergus Cougars American Football

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1986, 1987

Season report 1986

Carrickfergus Cougars went fully kitted in 1986, playing at least two matches after joining the season late – one a 6-55 loss to Belfast Blitzers at home as part of the Carrickfergus Festival on 9th August 1986.

Another match, after the season had ended, was a 8-28 loss to Ayr Burners of Scotland in the first International match played by a team from the NIAFA (Northern Ireland American Football Association – a Regional Development Body within the IAFA – Irish American Football Association).

Carrickfergus Cougars points were scored in the Ayr game by Mervyn Robinson who scored a Touchdown, which was converted for two points by D. Moran.

Carrickfergus Cougars International Friendly 1986

Carrickfergus Cougars International Friendly 1986

Carrickferggus Cougars IAFL Results 1986

Carrickfergus Cougars IAFL Regular Season Results 1986

Standings 1986

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.

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.

Players List


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

[2] Anon. (1986) “Picture caption’” Belfast Telegraph. Monday, August 11, 1986. pg. 30 [Internet]

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