|All-time IAFL Regular Season Record:||69-39-6|
|Shamrock Bowl Record:||3-6|
|Colors:||Yellow and Black|
|Home Field:||Woodburn Playing Fields, Carrickfergus|
The Carrickfergus Knights is an American Football team and Ireland's longest running American Football club. Founded in 1993 by Eddie Kelly, the Knights have been National Champions 3 times, in 1997, 1998 and 2002 and have competed in 9 of the 15 championship games.
- 1 History
- 2 Season By Season IAFL Records
- 3 Knights Individual Awards
- 4 External links
In the Knights' inaugural season, they reached the All-Ireland Championship, but were narrowly beaten by the Dublin Tornadoes, 21-15.
The team reached the All-Ireland Championship again and were beaten, once again, by the Dublin Tornadoes, this time more convincingly, by a final score of 44-12.
The '96 team were destined to struggle from the start of the season with so many people leaving the team at the one time. However, despite this large setback, they reached the semi-finals and were defeated by the eventual champions, the Dublin Lightning 3 - 0 in double overtime.
1997 saw founder, Eddie Kelly retire from running the team. His position was taken by Errol Maxwell. In the preseason games for 1997, it was clear that the team, with its new assignment of players were going to make a promising impact on the league that year. The Knights only lost one regular season game that year and they went on to win Shamrock Bowl XII by beating the Dublin Bulls 21-0.
1998 saw the team unbeaten (two ties with the Dublin Tigers though!) and win the Shamrock Bowl for the second consecutive time by defeating the Tigers 22-14 at Carrickfergus Rugby Club on Sunday the 30th of August. The team made history in May by playing an American NCAA rated team (Maranatha Bible Baptist College) for the first time.
The '99 team were defeated by the Dublin Tigers 22-6 in Shamrock Bowl XIV.
With veteran linebacker Mark Harris installed as coach, the '01 Knights won the reformed league (now re-structured as the IAFL) with a record of 5-1. They contested Shamrock Bowl XV against the Dublin Rebels led by Brian Dennehy, but were beaten by the greater experience of the Rebel side. The Dublin Rebels won by a margin of 28-7.
The Knights won the Shamrock Bowl for the third time in their history in 2002. After finishing runner's up in the league to the UL Vikings, they faced them again in Shamrock Bowl XVI, played at UL Sports Centre in Limerick. The Knights beat the severely weakened Vikings team by a record margin of 66-0.
The '03 team qualified for Shamrock Bowl XVII as League Champions, where they matched up against the Dublin Rebels. The match was played at Old Suttonians Rugby Club in Dublin and the home team took the Championship with a 24-12 scoreline. 2003 also saw the Knights travel to Belgium for the Charleroi Cup, having qualified as the previous year's Shamrock Bowl winners. There, they finished in 3rd place, with the Dublin Rebels winning their second successive tournament.
Season By Season IAFL Records
|1994||?||?||?||??||Runner Up - Shamrock Bowl IX|
|1995||?||?||?||??||Runner Up - Shamrock Bowl X|
|1997||?||?||?||IAFL League Champions||Champions - Shamrock Bowl XII|
|1998||6||0||2||IAFL League Champions||Champions - Shamrock Bowl XIII|
|1999||?||?||?||??||Runner Up - Shamrock Bowl XIV|
|2000||0||0||0||No League Play||N/A|
|2001||5||1||0||IAFL League Champions||Runner Up - Shamrock Bowl XV|
|2002||4||2||0||2nd IAFL||Champions - Shamrock Bowl XVI|
|2003||5||1||0||IAFL League Champions||Runner Up - Shamrock Bowl XVII|
|2004||6||1||1||2nd IAFL||Runner Up - Shamrock Bowl XVIII|
|2005||5||2||1||3rd IAFL||Beaten Semi-Finalists|
|2006||6||2||0||2nd IAFL||Beaten Semi-Finalists|
|2007||3||4||1||3rd IAFL North||--|
|2008||3||5||0||2nd IAFL North||--|
|2009||6||2||0||3rd IAFL||Beaten Semi-Finalists|
|2010||6||2||0||3rd IAFL||Beaten Semi-Finalists|
|2011||6||2||0||2nd IAFL||Beaten Semi-Finalists|
|2012||2||6||0||3rd IAFL North||Beaten Semi-Finalists|
|2013||3||4||1||IAFL North SBC||Beaten Quarter-Finalists|
|2014||3||5||0||IAFL North SBC||Beaten Quarter-Finalists|
* = Current Standing
Knights Individual Awards
|2011||Adam Devenney / Paul McKillop||28 / 31||QB|
Knights Offensive Player of the Year
|2012||Darren "Psycho" Montgomery||31||RB|
|2013||Darren "Psycho" Montgomery||32||RB|
Knights Defensive Player of the Year
|2011||Ciaran "CJ" Watson||24||CB|
Special Teams Player of the Year
|2014||Marty "Essex" Caskey||??||K|
Knights Rookie of the Year
|2012||Stevie McCrystal / John Wayland||24 / 25||OL, WR|
Knights Most Improved Player
|2011||Joel Neill, Mark Wharry||23,23||OL, WR|
|2012||Alastair Nixon, Joel Neill||21, 23||WR, OL|
|2013||John Wayland, Phil Gunning||25, 23||WR, TE|