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CRUSADERS

SEAVIEW
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Fixtures

April

Saturday 24 April 2021

Tuesday 20 April 2021

Saturday 17 April 2021

Saturday 10 April 2021

Tuesday 6 April 2021

Saturday 3 April 2021

March

Tuesday 30 March 2021

Saturday 27 March 2021

Saturday 20 March 2021

Saturday 6 March 2021

Tuesday 2 March 2021

February

Saturday 27 February 2021

Saturday 13 February 2021

Tuesday 9 February 2021

Tuesday 2 February 2021

January

Saturday 30 January 2021

Tuesday 26 January 2021

Saturday 23 January 2021

Saturday 16 January 2021

Saturday 2 January 2021

December

Tuesday 29 December 2020

Saturday 26 December 2020

Saturday 19 December 2020

Saturday 12 December 2020

Saturday 5 December 2020

November

Saturday 28 November 2020

Saturday 21 November 2020

Saturday 14 November 2020

Tuesday 10 November 2020

Saturday 7 November 2020

Results

October

Friday 30 October 2020

Friday 23 October 2020

Saturday 17 October 2020

March

Saturday 7 March 2020

Tuesday 3 March 2020

February

Friday 21 February 2020

Saturday 15 February 2020

Saturday 8 February 2020

January

Saturday 25 January 2020

Saturday 18 January 2020

Friday 10 January 2020

Wednesday 1 January 2020

December

Saturday 28 December 2019

Thursday 26 December 2019

Saturday 21 December 2019

Saturday 14 December 2019

Saturday 7 December 2019

Tuesday 3 December 2019

November

Saturday 30 November 2019

Saturday 23 November 2019

Friday 15 November 2019

Monday 11 November 2019

Saturday 2 November 2019

October

Tuesday 29 October 2019

Saturday 26 October 2019

Saturday 19 October 2019

Saturday 12 October 2019

Tuesday 8 October 2019

Friday 4 October 2019

September

Saturday 28 September 2019

Saturday 21 September 2019

Saturday 14 September 2019

Saturday 7 September 2019

August

Saturday 31 August 2019

Saturday 24 August 2019

Saturday 17 August 2019

Tuesday 13 August 2019

Saturday 10 August 2019

Current Squad

No Name Position Age Apps Sub on Sub off Discipline Goals
1 club-logo Sean O'Neill GK 32
2 club-logo Billy Joe Burns DEF 31
3 club-logo Chris Hegarty DEF 28
4 club-logo Aidan Wilson DEF 21
7 club-logo Philip Lowry MID 31
8 club-logo Ben Kennedy FOR 23
9 club-logo Jamie McGonigle FOR 24
10 club-logo Rory Hale MID 23
11 club-logo David Cushley MID 31
12 club-logo Declan Caddell MID 32
14 club-logo Jordan Forsythe MID 29
15 club-logo Jarlath O'Rourke MID 25
16 club-logo Adam Lecky FOR 29
17 club-logo Michael Ruddy DEF 27
18 club-logo Jordan Owens FOR 31
20 club-logo Rodney Brown MID 25
21 club-logo Gary Thompson FOR 30
22 club-logo Paul Heatley FOR 33
23 club-logo Thomas Logan MID 19
24 club-logo Reece McGinley FOR 20
25 club-logo Ross Clarke MID 27
26 club-logo James Holland FOR 17
30 club-logo Gerard Doherty GK 39
31 club-logo Thomas Burns MID 17
36 club-logo Neil Shields GK 23

History & Info

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Paul Heatley in action for Crusaders against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Europa League


Formed as far back as 1898, Crusaders spent their early years playing junior football until, not long after the end of WW1, they joined the Irish Intermediate League winning the league title no fewer than nine times (including three league and Intermediate Cup doubles) until they were brought into the senior ranks to replace Belfast Celtic in time for the 1949/50 campaign.
 
After a period of consolidation at this level the Crues picked up their first senior trophy in the 1953/54 season with a 2-1 defeat of Linfield in the Ulster Cup final.
 
Further silverware evaded Seaview until the County Antrim Shield (1959/60), Ulster Cup (1963/64) and Shield again (1964/65) before back-to-back Irish Cup victories (1966/67, 1967/68) over Glentoran and Linfield respectively thrust the club onto the European stage for the first time.
 
The 70s produced two Irish League titles, in 1972/73 and again in 1975/76. That latter championship went on to directly lead to one of the most iconic European encounters in both club and Irish League history when the might of Liverpool turned up on the Shore Road on their way to a first European Cup triumph.
 
The rest of the decade and most of the Eighties proved to be a barren period for the Crues with only a solitary Gold Cup win to show for their efforts.
 
The Gibson Cup returned to the club trophy cabinet in 1994/95 under Roy Walker during an era which also claimed the Shield, Ulster Cup and Gold Cup, followed by a fourth league title in 1997.
 
However, another decline followed and eventually relegation in 2005. By now managed by Stephen Baxter, the Crues swept the boards in the First Division and bounced back to the top table with a vengeance, going on to win the Irish Cup for the first time in over 40 years in 2009.
 
Yet there were still greater riches to follow.

The 2011/12 campaign ended up with the Hatchetmen being crowned All-Ireland Champions following victory over Derry City in the Setanta Cup ... but even that was eclipsed just a few seasons later when three further League titles in four years firmly established the Baxter era as one of the great dynasties in Irish League history.

Honours

  • Irish League Championship - 1972/73, 1975/76, 1994/95, 1996/97, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2017/18
  • First Division Championship (second tier) - 2005/06
  • Irish Cup - 1966/67, 1967/68,  2008/09, 2018/19
  • League Cup - 1996/97, 2011/12
  • Gold Cup - 1985/86, 1995/96
  • Ulster Cup - 1953/54, 1963/64, 1993/94
  • Carlsberg Cup - 1973/74
  • Setanta Sports Cup - 2011/12
  • County Antrim Shield - 1959/60, 1964/65, 1968/69, 1973/74, 1991/92, 2009/10 , 2017/18
  • Steel and Sons Cup - 1922/23, 1926/27, 1928/29, 1930/31, 1933/34, 1936/37, 1947/48, 2005/2006
  • Charity Shield - 2015/16, 2016/17

Contact

Telephone

(028) 9037 0777

Founded

1898

Nickname

The Hatchetmen / The Crues

Home colours

Red & black striped shirts, black shorts, black socks

Alternative colours

White shirts, white shorts, white socks

Chairman

Ronnie Millar

General Manager

Bernard Thompson (cruesgeneralmanager@gmail.com)

Media Officer

Michael Long (mic_crues@hotmail.co.uk)

Manager

Stephen Baxter

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