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CRUSADERS

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Fixtures

December

Saturday 17 December 2022

Monday 26 December 2022

January

Monday 2 January 2023

Saturday 14 January 2023

Saturday 21 January 2023

Tuesday 24 January 2023

Saturday 28 January 2023

February

Saturday 11 February 2023

Tuesday 14 February 2023

Saturday 18 February 2023

Saturday 25 February 2023

March

Saturday 11 March 2023

Saturday 18 March 2023

Saturday 25 March 2023

Results

December

Friday 9 December 2022

Saturday 3 December 2022

November

Saturday 26 November 2022

Saturday 19 November 2022

Monday 14 November 2022

Tuesday 8 November 2022

Friday 4 November 2022

October

Saturday 29 October 2022

Saturday 22 October 2022

Saturday 15 October 2022

Friday 7 October 2022

Saturday 1 October 2022

September

Friday 23 September 2022

Friday 16 September 2022

Tuesday 13 September 2022

Friday 2 September 2022

August

Saturday 27 August 2022

Tuesday 23 August 2022

Friday 19 August 2022

Saturday 13 August 2022

Current Squad

No Name Position Age Apps Sub on Sub off Discipline Goals
1 club-logo Tom Murphy GK 22 1 0 0 0 0  0
2 club-logo Billy Joe Burns DEF 33 17 0 2 2 0  1
3 club-logo Chris Hegarty DEF 30 14 2 3 1 0  2
4 club-logo Joshua Robinson DEF 29 5 3 1 1 1  0
6 club-logo Robbie Weir MID 34 14 6 4 3 0  0
7 club-logo Philip Lowry MID 33 19 0 0 3 0  12
8 club-logo Ben Kennedy FOR 25 2 0 2 0 0  2
9 club-logo Adam Lecky FOR 31 17 5 9 1 0  5
10 club-logo Dean Ebbe FOR 28 8 7 1 0 0  0
12 club-logo Declan Caddell MID 34 3 2 0 1 0  0
14 club-logo Jordan Forsythe MID 31 16 0 4 3 0  2
15 club-logo Jarlath O'Rourke DEF 27 17 0 1 1 0  1
18 club-logo Jordan Owens FOR 33 10 9 1 0 0  0
19 club-logo Jude Winchester MID 29 16 1 11 0 0  1
20 club-logo Daniel Larmour DEF 24 17 0 1 2 0  2
21 club-logo Gary Thompson MID 32 9 5 0 3 0  0
22 club-logo Paul Heatley FOR 35 12 0 1 3 1  4
23 club-logo Rory McKeown DEF 29 6 3 0 0 0  0
24 club-logo McCauley Snelgrove MID 20 9 3 4 0 0  2
25 club-logo Ross Clarke FOR 29 17 0 4 4 0  2
26 club-logo Aidan Steele MID 20 0 0 0 0 0  0
27 club-logo Jonathan McMurray FOR 28 15 9 6 2 0  1
28 club-logo Jay Boyd FOR 19 0 0 0 0 0  0
29 club-logo Corrie Burns MID 19 0 0 0 0 0  0
33 club-logo Jonathan Tuffey GK 35 18 0 0 0 0  0
36 club-logo McKenzie Pauley GK 19 0 0 0 0 0  0
43 club-logo Lewis Barr FOR 19 4 1 1 0 0  0
45 club-logo Sam Morrow DEF 20 0 0 0 0 0  0

History & Info

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Crusaders players celebrate scoring a goal during the 2021/22 campaign


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, 2021/22
  • 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, black shorts, white socks

Chairman

Ronnie Millar

General Manager

Bernard Thompson (generalmanager@crusadersfc.com)

Media Officer

Michael Long (mic_crues@hotmail.co.uk)

Manager

Stephen Baxter

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