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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING DATE IS SET FOR 15TH MAY
The Annual General Meeting of Crusaders Football Club will take place on Thursday 15th May at 7.30pm upstairs in Crusaders Social Club. Full members are entitled to attend and Season Tickets must be shown to gain entry to the meeting on the night.
CRUSADERS FOOTBALL CLUB STATEMENT
The Crusaders v Cliftonville game on Saturday 26th April has been switched to Solitude at 3pm.
Speaking after a meeting of the Crusaders
Football Club Board Stephen Bell commented
"Demand for tickets have been significant
for what is now a celebratory event. However
demand has the potential to breach the
Crusaders Football Club Safety Certificate.
Crusaders Football Club see this as a 'one
off' solution to a 'one off' problem. No
League competition issues arise and no
precedent is being set. We look forward to
accommodating all who wish to attend what we
expect to be a family and community day
THIRD SPOT AND EUROPE SECURED AFTER WIN OVER GLENAVON
Crusaders today secured third spot in the Danske Bank Premiership and with it a coveted Europa League spot after winning 3-1 at Mourneview Park today. The win along with Portadowns loss meant that Crusaders are four points ahead with only three points to play for.
Crusaders got off to a great start and where one up within the first minute. Paul Heatley took a pass from Richard Clarke in his stride and ran towards goal before passing a great ball to Declan Caddell who opened his body up and slid the ball past the Glenavon goalkeeper into the net. Paul Heatley was unlucky with an effort but worse still he was injured in the tackle as he shot and had to be replaced by Nathan Hanley. Glenavon then went on the offensive and following a couple of corners they also had a shot that was blocked by a Crusaders defender. Crusaders then hit back and Nathan Hanley and Gary McCutcheon where unlucky with efforts. Sean O'Neill then saved a Glenavon free kick but Crusaders ended the half with a Josh Robinson shot that was saved. With little further action the half ended with Crusaders ahead 1-0.
Jordan Owens replaced Andy Smith at half time and Crusaders nearly went two up early on when McIlhone fumbled in the Glenavon goal. A David Magowan header went wide but minutes later Crusaders went 2-0 ahead. A good run by Declan Caddell saw him cross into box to Jordan Owens. His header rattled the bar and as it came down Nathan Hanley was on hand to head home despite the efforts of the keeper to put him off after fifty three minutes. Five minutes later it was 3-0. A passage of play from Sean O'Neill to Josh Robinson to David McMaster saw the ball crossed to Gary McCutcheon who made no mistake and hit home after fifty eight minutes. Glenavon did not give up and appeals for a penalty where turned down. Chris Morrow replaced Declan Caddell and the Crusaders defence stood strong when Glenavon had several chances to score. On eighty two minutes Glenavon where awarded a penalty when Josh Robinson pushed William Murphy and Andy McGrory slotted home to make it 3-1. Crusaders again finished the half the strongest when a Gary McCutcheon free kick hit the bar and Morrows header from the rebound was saved leaving the score line 3-1 to Crusaders at the final whistle.
So third spot it is guaranteed with a game to go against the newly crowned Danske Premiership Champions Cliftonville on Saturday. Europa League football to look forward too in July is another plus as the lads break for a rest at 4.45pm this Saturday.
WALTER MCFARLAND TO ATTEND PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS NIGHT
It has been confirmed today that Crusaders legend Walter McFarland and his wife will be attending the Player of the Year Awards Night at Seaview on Saturday 26th April.
Walter of course captained the League winning Crusaders side in 1973 and it will be great to listen to the man on the night about that great side and his time at Crusaders.
See below about how you can attend the awards night and get in early to avoid disappointment.
Saturday 26th April sees the Annual Player of the Year Awards handed out by the various Supporters Clubs to the players they think deserve recognition for the 2013-14 season. It is also a night that all supporters can come together and thank the team for their efforts and the team can thank the supporters for supporting them all season.
Tickets are now on sale and can be bought from any member of the Crusaders Fans Project on match days or by contacting Phil Melville on 07967459738. Cost per person is £15 for dinner and the awards ceremony or £5 for the entertainment later in the evening only.
Support what is always a great night and show your appreciation to Stephen Baxter, the backroom staff and the squad for all they have done this season.
200 CLUB SPECIAL DRAW TO BE MADE IN JUNE
As the success of the 200 Club continues month on month the 200 Club Committee have once again announced another special "£100 extra draw" for the month of June. Six lucky members of the 200 Club will win one off payments of £100 in the draw made after the usual 200 Club main draw at the end of June.
To be in the extra draw the member must be fully paid up for May and June. It's that simple. Please see Ronnie Millar, Phil Melville, John Alexander or Michael Long by the end of the Cliftonville game with the money for May and June and your ball will be in the draw. Don't forget we are also collecting the money for Aprils draw at the Glentoran, Glenavon and Cliftonville games.
As always get involved and if you aren't in you can't win.
COACH AND PARENT TO RUN MARATHON TO RAISE FUNDS FOR YOUTH
Our Mini Hatchets coach Jimmy McMurran &
U13's parent Neil Lewis are running in the
Belfast Marathon to raise money for
Crusaders Youth Academy & Mini Soccer
We would ask that you make a donation via the paypal button once the details are made available however large or small and also leave messages of support on the Twitter (@CruesAcademy) and Facebook (Crusaders Youth Academy) pages as Jimmy & Neil are putting a lot of hard work into supporting our stars of the future.
Good Luck Jimmy & Neil
CRICKET AT SEAVIEW FOR CHRIS MORROW TESTIMONIAL
Yes.....you have read it correctly!!! Cricket is coming to Seaview!!!!
The latest fund raiser announced for Chris Morrows Testimonial Year is a 20/20 Cricket match between two sides consisting of Supporters and players...in fact anyone who wants to play.
The 20/20 Cricket match will be played on Saturday 14th June from 12.30-4.30pm. Cost to play will be £20 or £3 entrance fee to watch with all money going to Chris Morrows Testimonial Fund.
Each player will bowl 2 overs each and when batting all players have to declare at 30 runs. Cricket Bats, Pads, Stumps and Balls will be provided and proper umpires will be in attendance also to make the game as professional as possible. There will also be two "drink " breaks during the game.
Already six players have signed up to play including Chris himself and captain Colin Coates. If you want to put your name down to play in this historic game phone Philip Melville on 07967 459738 to register your interest. The advice is too get in early to avoid disappointment as it is expected to catch everyone's imagination.
Let's support this unique testimonial function for Chris and at the same time be the first people to play or watch Cricket at Seaview.
Pics courtesy of SERC, Jackie Henry & Hammy McClements