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Fixtures

April

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Saturday 20 April 2024

Saturday 27 April 2024

Results

April

Friday 12 April 2024

Saturday 6 April 2024

March

Saturday 23 March 2024

Saturday 16 March 2024

Saturday 9 March 2024

February

Saturday 24 February 2024

Saturday 17 February 2024

Saturday 10 February 2024

January

Saturday 27 January 2024

Saturday 20 January 2024

Friday 12 January 2024

Tuesday 2 January 2024

December

Saturday 30 December 2023

Tuesday 26 December 2023

Saturday 23 December 2023

Friday 15 December 2023

Friday 8 December 2023

Saturday 2 December 2023

November

Saturday 25 November 2023

Saturday 11 November 2023

Tuesday 7 November 2023

Saturday 4 November 2023

October

Saturday 28 October 2023

Saturday 21 October 2023

Friday 13 October 2023

Friday 6 October 2023

Tuesday 3 October 2023

September

Saturday 30 September 2023

Tuesday 26 September 2023

Saturday 23 September 2023

Monday 18 September 2023

Saturday 2 September 2023

August

Tuesday 29 August 2023

Saturday 26 August 2023

Tuesday 22 August 2023

Tuesday 15 August 2023

Friday 11 August 2023

Current Squad

No Name Position Age Apps Sub on Sub off Discipline Goals
club-logo Corrie Burns MID 20 0 0 0 0 0  0
1 club-logo Jordan Williamson GK 28 1 0 0 0 0  0
2 club-logo Billy Joe Burns DEF 34 30 2 5 11 1  1
3 club-logo Kevin Joshua MID 22 1 0 1 0 0  0
4 club-logo Jimmy Callacher DEF 32 4 0 1 0 0  1
6 club-logo Robbie Weir MID 35 26 8 7 3 0  0
7 club-logo Philip Lowry MID 34 31 2 6 5 0  6
8 club-logo Ben Kennedy FOR 27 26 3 10 2 0  13
9 club-logo Adam Lecky FOR 32 30 8 17 6 0  6
14 club-logo Jordan Forsythe MID 33 30 1 4 2 1  2
15 club-logo Jarlath O'Rourke DEF 29 34 0 0 6 0  4
16 club-logo Adam McAleenan DEF 23 1 1 0 0 0  0
18 club-logo Jordan Owens FOR 34 28 20 6 2 0  4
19 club-logo Jude Winchester MID 31 22 8 8 2 0  1
20 club-logo Daniel Larmour DEF 25 33 0 0 7 0  3
21 club-logo Malachy Smith DEF 23 16 8 5 3 0  1
22 club-logo Paul Heatley FOR 36 27 1 15 6 0  8
23 club-logo Rory McKeown DEF 31 9 0 1 0 0  0
24 club-logo Joshua Robinson DEF 30 14 2 1 4 1  1
25 club-logo Ross Clarke FOR 30 31 5 13 9 0  1
26 club-logo Ryan Donnelly FOR 16 1 1 0 0 0  0
27 club-logo Stewart Nixon FOR 26 10 5 2 0 0  2
28 club-logo Jay Boyd FOR 21 5 3 1 0 0  0
30 club-logo Bradley Maguire MID 19 2 2 0 0 0  0
33 club-logo Jonathan Tuffey GK 37 34 0 0 0 0  0
35 club-logo Oscar McKenna MID 18 0 0 0 0 0  0
41 club-logo Ryan Kerr GK 18 0 0 0 0 0  0
42 club-logo Lloyd Anderson MID 26 23 9 6 4 0  1
43 club-logo Lewis Barr FOR 20 5 1 0 0 0  0
62 club-logo Jonathan James FOR 17 1 1 0 0 0  0
70 club-logo Karter Bond DEF 17 0 0 0 0 0  0
87 club-logo Ben Harrison 17 0 0 0 0 0  0

History & Info

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Crusaders players celebrate scoring a goal during the 2022/23 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.

The Irish Cup has also taken up something of a residency at Seaview in recent seasons. The Crues defeated Ballinamallard United in the 2018/19 decider before completing back-to-back victories over Ballymena United in 2021/22 and 2022/23.

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, 2022/23
  • 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, 2022/23, 2023/24
Founded

1898

Nickname

The Hatchetmen / The Crues

Home colours

Red & black striped shirts, black shorts, black/red socks

Alternative colours

Black shirts, black shorts, black socks

Chairman

Ronnie Millar

General Manager

Bernard Thompson ([email protected])

Media Officer

Michael Long ([email protected])

Manager

Stephen Baxter

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