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CRUSADERS

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Fixtures

May

Saturday 15 May 2021

Tuesday 25 May 2021

Saturday 29 May 2021

Results

May

Tuesday 4 May 2021

Saturday 1 May 2021

April

Saturday 24 April 2021

Friday 16 April 2021

Saturday 10 April 2021

Tuesday 6 April 2021

Friday 2 April 2021

March

Tuesday 30 March 2021

Saturday 27 March 2021

Tuesday 23 March 2021

Friday 19 March 2021

Friday 12 March 2021

Tuesday 9 March 2021

Saturday 6 March 2021

Tuesday 2 March 2021

February

Saturday 27 February 2021

Saturday 20 February 2021

Saturday 13 February 2021

Saturday 6 February 2021

Tuesday 2 February 2021

January

Saturday 30 January 2021

Tuesday 26 January 2021

Saturday 23 January 2021

Saturday 9 January 2021

Saturday 2 January 2021

December

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

October

Friday 30 October 2020

Friday 23 October 2020

Saturday 17 October 2020

Current Squad

No Name Position Age Apps Sub on Sub off Discipline Goals
1 club-logo Sean O'Neill GK 33 1 0 0 0 0  0
2 club-logo Billy Joe Burns DEF 32 2 0 0 1 0  0
3 club-logo Chris Hegarty DEF 28 0 0 0 0 0  0
4 club-logo Aidan Wilson DEF 22 0 0 0 0 0  0
6 club-logo Robbie Weir MID 32 0 0 0 0 0  0
7 club-logo Philip Lowry MID 31 0 0 0 0 0  0
8 club-logo Ben Kennedy FOR 24 2 0 0 0 0  1
9 club-logo Jamie McGonigle FOR 25 1 0 1 0 0  0
11 club-logo David Cushley MID 31 2 1 0 0 0  0
12 club-logo Declan Caddell MID 33 2 0 1 2 0  0
14 club-logo Jordan Forsythe MID 30 2 0 0 0 0  0
15 club-logo Jarlath O'Rourke MID 26 2 1 0 0 0  0
16 club-logo Adam Lecky FOR 30 2 2 0 0 0  0
17 club-logo Michael Ruddy DEF 27 1 0 1 0 0  0
18 club-logo Jordan Owens FOR 31 2 1 1 0 0  0
20 club-logo Rodney Brown MID 25 0 0 0 0 0  0
21 club-logo Gary Thompson FOR 30 2 1 1 0 0  0
22 club-logo Paul Heatley FOR 33 1 0 0 1 0  0
23 club-logo Thomas Logan MID 19 0 0 0 0 0  0
24 club-logo Reece McGinley FOR 21 0 0 0 0 0  0
25 club-logo Ross Clarke MID 27 2 0 1 0 0  1
26 club-logo James Holland FOR 18 0 0 0 0 0  0
27 club-logo Daniel Larmour DEF 22 2 0 0 0 0  0
28 club-logo Jonathan Tuffey GK 34 1 0 0 0 0  0
30 club-logo Gerard Doherty GK 39 0 0 0 0 0  0
31 club-logo Thomas Burns MID 18 0 0 0 0 0  0
32 club-logo Jack Patterson MID 15 0 0 0 0 0  0
35 club-logo Andrew Clarke FOR 18 1 0 0 0 0  0
36 club-logo Neil Shields GK 24 0 0 0 0 0  0

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

Blue shirts, blue shorts, blue 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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