|14.11.1942||Ravenhill Stadium, Belfast||Hale||9||Yarvard||7|
|21.11.1942||Inver Park, Larne||Yarvard||14||Tech||0|
Reference: [1-5, 12-14]
ETO Championship Spring 1943
|08.05.1943||White City Stadium, London||Yarvard Crimson Tide||19||Tech Fighting Irish||6|
|10.06.1943||Ninian Park, Cardiff||Yarvard Crimson Tide||14||Hale Blue Devils||0|
|26.06.1943||Eastville Stadium, Bristol||Yarvard Crimson Tide||40||Hale Blue Devils||0|
|Yarvard Crimson Tide||3||3||0||0||73||6||1.000|
|Tech Fighting Irish||1||0||1||0||6||19||.000|
|Hale Blue Devils||2||0||2||0||0||54||.000|
ETO Autumn 1943
|17.10.1943||Elm Park, Reading||Red Tornado||14||Gremlins||0|
|24.10.1943||Wellingborough||Engineering Bulldozers||0||Ball Toters||0|
|31.10.1943||Elm Park, Reading||Skytrain||0||Red Tornado||0|
|28.11.1943||Oxford University||Army Blues||0||Army Greens||0|
|05.12.1943||White City Stadium||Central Base Pirates||8||8th Air Force Commandos||0|
|12.12.1943||St. Helen’s Stadium, Swansea||101st Screaming Eagles||6||Invaders||6|
ETO Championship Winter 1944
|Date||Venue||Team 1||Team 2|
|Northern Ireland Championship|
|01.01.1944||Lone Star Field, Newry||Navy Galloping Gaels||0||Army Wolverines||0|
|06.02.1944||Eastville Stadium, Bristol||4th Infantry Blues||28||Invaders||7|
|13.02.1944||White City Stadium||Canadian Mustangs||16||US Pirates||6|
|Fog Bowl||US Air Force Title|
|19.02.1944||US Air Force Title||Photo Lighnting||14||Ordnance Mustangs||0|
|27.02.1944||“SW Town”||4th Infantry Blues||32||US Navy Seabees||0|
|12.03.1944||“SW Town”||4th Infantry Blues||20||8th Air Force Lignting||0|
|19.03.1944||White City Stadium||US Blues||18||Canadian Mustangs||0|
|26.03.1944||“SW Town”||4th Infantry Blues||27||Invaders||0|
References: [1-5, 11]
ETO Championship Autumn 1944
|Army-Navy Grid Classic|
|12.11.1944||White City Stadium||1st Air Depot Shuttle-Raders||20||Navy Sea Lions||0|
|23.11.1944||Norwich||348th Bomb Group Kiwis||0||445th Bomb Group||0|
|23.11.1944||Nottingham||Berger’s Bouncers||6||Henley’s Hurricanes||0|
|23.11.1944||78th Fighter Group Greyhounds||6||434th Troop Carrier Command Greyhounds||0|
|26.11.1944||Shuttle-Raders||33||398th Bomb Group Blue Blazers||0|
|26.11.1944||Helton’s Hellcats||14||356th Fighter Group Tukey’s Terrors||6|
|26.11.1944||Air Force Command Warriors||28||Photo Lightnings||0|
|03.12.1944||Air Force Command Warriors||23||Cowboys||0|
|Championship||3rd Bombardment Division|
|03.12.1944||94th Bomb Group Fighting Eagles||3||Helton’s Hellcats||0|
|10.12.1944||Air Force Command||40||Berger’s Bouncers||0|
|Championship||8th Air Force Command|
|10.12.1944||Shuttle-Raders||18||3rd Air Depot Liberators||0|
|10.12.1944||Moore’s Maulers||0||Doughter’s Fighting Eagles||0|
|Army-Navy Grid Classic II|
|17.12.1944||Navy Green Waves||13||Army Red Raiders||7|
|Tea Bowl II|
|31.12.1944||White City stadium||Air Force Command Warriors||13||8th Air Force Shuttle-Raders||0|
Note: Only Major “Turkey Bowl” Style games played in Stadiums in front of the British & Irish Public in aid of the Red Cross are shown above. From Autumn 1943-Autumn 1944 there were Championships organised in various Divisions, with teams playing as many as 10 games before the playoffs.
From 1942-1943 the US Army played a series of American Football matches in Northern Ireland, Wales & England in aid of the Red Cross. Teams were named Tech (Engineering), Hale (Infantry) and Yarvard (Artillery).
Irish and British newspaper readers would have been familiar with reports in the papers of US College Football, and the team names reflect this (Yarvard and Hale are not mis-spellings, but the names reflect the Ivy League Colleges of Harvard and Yale, similarly Tech is a nod to the big American Tech Colleges.
Starting in Northern Ireland in 1942, matches were played at the home of Ulster Rugby, Ravenhill (Hale winning 9-7) and Larne (Yarvard getting a 14-0 win over Tech). 8, 000 turned up to see the Ravenhill game, and a full capacity 2,000 for the Larne match.
The next year, the European Theater of Operations Championship was organised in England & Wales, with the teams given the nicknames Fighting Irish (Tech – a nod to Notre Dame), Blue Devils (Hale – after Duke University) and Crimson Tide (Yarvard – in honour of Alabama University).
The Crimson Tide won all three matches played in front of the public, attracting crowds of 25,000 (London), 7, 000 (Cardiff), and 6, 000 (Bristol).
Autumn 1943 is notable for the appearance of the Bulldozers, an African-American Engineering team.
In 1944 Army & Navy (not the US Colleges, but Army & Navy Personnel stationed in Europe), played a 0-0 Tie in Newry, dubbed the Northern Ireland Championship. Navy were nicknamed the Galloping Gaels for the day.
There were also numerous Championships for various Divisions as well as two Army-Navy Grid Classics and Two Tea Bowls and a Coffee Bowl in 1944 as the tide turned on the war and opportunities for playing in large stadiums for the benefit of both the Red Cross and the citizens of Britain increased.
An interesting footnote to this era is the very first American Football game played in Africa, the Arab Bowl, played in Oran, Algeria, which Army won 10-7 over Navy.
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 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]
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Thanks to Todd Zboyan & Tim Leadingham.
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