Craigavon Cowboys

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Craigavon Cowboys
Founded 1986
League Irish American Football League
Based in Craigavon, Northern Ireland
Stadium Chambers Park, Portadown
Colors Orange and Blue
Head coach Greg Loughran
Championships 3
Local media @CowboysIAFL

The Craigavon Cowboys are an American football team playing in Craigavon, currently playing in the Irish American Football League. In the 2010 season, the Cowboys finished 4–4 and were close to clinching a play-off berth going down to the last game of the season.

Season 2011 saw a marked improvement, with the team going 4–4 again but going through via the Wildcard Game, in which they beat Belfast Trojans, 17–14. That meant a visit to Limerick to take on the Vikings in their own patch, and although it was a close-fought game, Cowboys lost 21–8.

Season 2012 was one which started out with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm[citation needed] but a poor start put that to bed and Cowboys ended with a record of 2–6, their poorest since re-forming and joining IAFL in 2010.

Season 2013 was another season of disappointment that promised so much, a tough opener against defending champions Belfast Trojans saw the Cowboys struggle to a 46–13 loss. The 'Boys got their one and only win in a 23–0 romp at home to West Dublin Rhinos in their third game and narrowly lost 0–7 away to the same side. Cowboys where close to ending the season on a high at home to Carrick Knights but a last-minute missed field goal saw the game end in an 18–18 draw. A disappointing season ended with a 1–6–1 record.

A much improved 2014 season is the aim, and the Cowboys recently relocated to Portadown RFC, Chambers Park, which is sure to set them up with better facilities and playing surface.


  • Shamrock Bowl I Winners - 1986
  • Shamrock Bowl II Finalists - 1987
  • Shamrock Bowl V Finalists - 1990
  • Shamrock Bowl VII Winners - 1992
  • IAFL DV8 Champions - 2009

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