Category: Pro American Football League Games in Europe

United States Football League Postseason Exhibition Game in London 1984

United States Football League Logo [Reference: 4]


DateHome TeamAway Team
21.07.1984Tampa Bay Bandits21Philadelphia Stars24
USFL Postseason Exhibition Game in London 1984 [Reference: 1]


The United States Football League played a Postseason Exhibition game in London, England, on 21 July 1984, only a week after the Philadelphia Stars were crowned Champions. The Stars and the Bandits played an entertaining game for 21,000 English fans, with many of the starters rested after a long season, with fans only getting a glimpse of the Philadelphia outstanding Running Back, Kevin Bryant.

This offered lesser known players an opportunity to stake a claim on the following seasons starting lineup, and Tom Riordan, was one such player, completing 18 of 26 passes for 201 yards, 3 touchdowns, and only one interception.

Stars’ safety Scott Warner intercepted Jimmy Jordan’s pass in the endzone with 12 seconds remaining, to preserve the Stars 24-21 victory. It was a fitting climax to an entertaining game. [2]

About the USFL

The USFL was the “Outlaw League” setting up as a Major League Rival to the NFL, although playing a Spring-Summer Schedule rather than Fall-Winter. The infamous US President Donald Trump owned the New Jersey Generals in the USFL. It was spectacularly popular in terms of bums-on-seats but was kept off the airwaves by the collusion of the NFL with the 3 Major TV Networks, as was proven in the subsequent Anti-Trust Trial. The League failed financially as a result:

See the USFL websites in the References Links for more info.



[1] USFL Site (2019) 1984 USFL Season [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 31 December 2019]

[2] USFL Site (2019) Tampa Bay Bandits 21 at Philadelphia Stars 21 Game Report [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 31 December 2019]

[3] Remember the USFL (2019) Home [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 31 December 2019]


[4] Sports Logos History (2018) USFL Logo 1983-1985 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 31 December 2019]


Thanks to Jillian Glynn, Fiona Corrigan, Niamh Hughes, Jim Naughton, John Malone, Kevin Smyth, Ian Collins, Ian Clarke, Tony Meenaghan, Brian Bird.

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