American Football: Tech vs Yarvard at Sandy Bay Playing Fields, Larne, Co. Antrim

The United States Army teams Tech and Yarvard lined up for an American Football exhibition game at Sandy Bay Playing Fields, Larne, Co. Antrim in 1942.

At 1430hrs on 21st November 1942, Tech faced Yarvard in a competitive game of American Football at Sandy Bay Playing Fields, Larne, Co. Antrim. Lieutenant Colonel Bittner of the US Army introduced the game and gave a running commentary throughout.

Yarvard won the game 14-0 as Tech fielded many players who lined up for Hale the previous week at Ravenhill Stadium, Belfast, Co. Antrim. The match had been a tight contest with the score at 0-0 at half time before 2 touchdowns and a safety gave Yarvard the win.

What a fine husky lot of fellows these were. Some of them giants in physique, and all of them plucky and fast. They looked curiously hunchbacked with their protective armour beneath their shirts, but even that couldn’t disguise their ability to go all out and to mix it with the best.

Larne Times – 26th November 1942.

Proceeds from tickets sold went to the Red Cross. Alderman John Girvan (Mayor of Larne) presented £20, 0s, 6d to Lady Roden (Chair of the Larne Red Cross Penny-a-Week Fund).

American GIs play football in Larne

Public Record Office Northern Ireland Photo: D2334_6_12_132. The "Yarvard" US GI team line up for a training session at the Sandy Bay Playing Fields in Larne, Co. Antrim. Copyright Belfast Telegraph.

American Football at Sandy Bay, Larne, Co. Down

British Newspaper Archive Photo: Players from Tech and Yarvard compete in an American Football exhibition game at Sandy Bay Playing Fields, Larne, Co. Antrim on 21st November 1942. Copyright Larne Times - Thursday 26th November 1942.