|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|
|Game 1||White City Stadium, London|
|08.05.1943||Yarvard Crimson Tide||19||Tech Fighting Irish||6|
|Game 2||Ninian Park, Cardiff|
|10.06.1943||Yarvard Crimson Tide||14||Hale Blue Devils||0|
|Championship||Eastville Stadium, Bristol|
|26.06.1943||Yarvard Crimson Tide||40||Hale Blue Devils||0|
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.
After the ETO Championship in Northern Ireland in 1942, in spring the following year (1943), 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).
 Foglio, Massimo & Ford, Mark L. (2017) Touchdown in Europe – How American Football Came to the Old Continent. pg. 47-82. Published by the author.
Thanks to Todd Zboyan, Sondra Maher, Rick Kelley & Tim Leadingham.
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