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29th October 2020
Match Preview ; Linfield v Crusaders Danske Bank Premiership
We are back in action and live on BBC SportNI website and BBC iPlayer this Friday night when we travel across the city to play Linfield. Both sides are unbeaten after two games in the new Danske Bank Premiership season and as has been the case so many times before we are in for a cracking game between the two sides.
The manner in which Crusaders won last weeks North Belfast Derby will have pleased Stephen Baxter as much as the three points and the message again will be more of the same. The performance of everyone last time out was superb and it leaves a selection headache for the management team as too who will start. Billy Joe Burns will be missing again as he continues to serve a suspension and several of the players who where on the bench may get a chance to start as Stephen rotates the squad as they play their way into the season. Ben Kennedy will be eager to start after making a cameo appearance last week on his return from injury while Adam Lecky will be ready for action if called on should Jordan Owens be rested. The back four could stay the same after a great game last Friday night but the midfield could have a reshuffle as fresh legs may be needed against a strong Linfield team. Crusaders will know the epic battles between the two when they meet and this will be no different.
Linfield have scored eight goals in their opening league games but they will also know it will be a different story against Crusaders. David Healy will have be working hard on a plan to win and will look to a host of players that will need to be on top of their game. Goalkeeper Chris Johns has began life with Linfield in great fashion and will be hard to beat while Navid Nasseri and Conor Pepper are showing signs as to why Linfield snatched them from Glentoran. Up front Crusaders will need to watch Andy Waterworth and Jordan Stewart who have both started well this season with Waterworth already claiming a hat trick.
So all set for another big night in the Danske Bank Premiership and in front of live BBC cameras across the world wide web. We know you can't be with us and the team will miss your support coming from the North Stand. We ask you do get behind us from in front of the TV and shout and sing even though we will not hear you. Let's get behind Stephen and the team from the start. C'mon the Crues and Keep The Faith.
23rd October 2020
Crusaders Win North Belfast Derby 1-0
It was a happy Seaview this evening as Crusaders won the first North Belfast of the season 1-0 with Cliftonville heading back home pointless. It was a goal from that man Jordan Owens again that proved the difference bewteen the sides in the second half and we go top of the Danske Bank Premiership for the time being ahead of games on Saturday.
Crusaders started strongly and Jordan Owens did well to control in the box but no one was on hand to follow up with the shot before Crusaders defence combined to put Conor McMenamin off as he closed in on goal and Sean O'Neill was alert to get in before Joe Gormley had a chance to shoot just a minute later. As the game went on both sides sized each otherup and on 13 minutes Sean O'Neill made a fantastic save when he dived high to his left and tipped the ball past his upright to deny Cliftonville a goal. Chris Hegarty had a chance for Crusaders on 24 minutes but he headed wide and three minutes later Declan Caddell flicked his header wide also from a good Jordan Forsythe cross. Cliftonville rode their luck on the half hour when a Jordan Owens header hit Richard Brush and fell kindly for the visitors defence to clear. It was a typical blood and thunder derby game as both sides did not hold back but the keepers where never really tested as the half continued. The controversial point of the first half came with three minutes left on the clock. Michael Ruddy got himself in a great position in the Cliftonville box and as he went past keeper Richard Brush to cut the ball home the on rushing Brush clipped Michael Ruddy with his knee and shouts for a penalty could be heard around the ground. Referee Jamie Robinson did not think so on this occasion and actually booked Michael Ruddy for protesting his decision. Live BBC camera replays suggested the referee had got it wrong but nothing could be done. The half ended with Crusaders Philip Lowry missing a good chance from eight yards but the half was called to a halt and it stayed 0-0.
The second half started like the first with Crusaders being the dominant team. A Paul Heatley shot was easily saved by Richard Brush while Cliftonvilles defence did a good job as Crusaders turned the pressure on but not getting a breakthrogh. Rory Hale replaced the impressive Gary Thompson on 66 minutes and Rory nearly scored with his first touch but Brush produced an acrobatic save and kept the effort out. Within seconds Philip Lowry missed his second good chance of the match when he headed directly at Brush from four yards. but the game changed on 71 munutes when Jordan Owens broke the deadlock. The Cliftonville defence did not clear the ball and as the ball came Richard Brush hesitated in goals for a split second and that was enough for Owens to leap high and beat him to the ball and despite the efforts of two Cliftonville defenders on the line the ball went in sending the home support wild and it was 1-0 Crusaders. Crusaders kept the pressure on again and nearly got a second within minutes of the first but Cliftonville survived. It was all Crusaders by now and Jamie McGonigle was unlucky on 78 minutes after a good "one two" with Jordan Forsythe. From that the game played out without very few incidents except for a PaulHeatley shot that was saved and a Cliftonville free kick deep in injury time that went well over.
With that the referee blew his whistle and the game was over with Crusaders collecting the points and bragging rights in North Belfast. Every player played his part in this win and the result gives everyone a massive boost ahead of the Linfield game away next week.
Team Line up...Sean O'Neill, Jordan Forsythe, Chris Hegarty, Rodney Brown, Michael Ruddy, Paul Heatley, Declan Caddell, Gary Thompson, Philip Lowry, Jamie McGonigle, Jordan Owens
Subs Gerard Doherty, David Cushley, Adam Lecky, Ben Kennedy, Rory Hale, Jarlath O'Rourke, Thomas Burns
23rd October 2020
Ross Clarke Signs Contract Extension
Crusaders are pleased to announce that Ross Clarke has signed a two year extension to his current contract.
Ross has been exceptional for Crusaders since he signed in June 2018 scoring 15 goals in 82 games played so farincluding an Irish Cup Final goal in 2019.
Great news to end a perfect week for Crusaders and we look forward to seeing Ross in Red and Black for a few years yet.
22nd October 2020
Match Preview ; Crusaders v Cliftonville Danske Bank Premiership
It is Match Day 2 in the new Danske Bank Premiership season and it comes no bigger than a North Belfast Derby and the chance of bragging rights for a few months but more importantly three points. Crusaders and Cliftonville go "head to head" on Friday night at Seaview and we are in for a cracker.
Crusaders got off to a great start to the season with a hard fought victory over Warrenpoint Town last Saturday at Milltown where they came away with a 1-0 win. There where good performances all over the park and the new signings blended in well with the old guard and it all looked well. The only down side was the late sending off when Billy Joe Burns was given a straight red and he will of course miss this game. Stephen Baxter will have to shuffle the back four because of this and may go with Jordan Forsythe who has stepped into this position before with distinction or he may move another dfender in to cover leaving Jordan available for midfield selection. The strong bench we had on Saturday will all be ready to start if anyone is rested but we will get is everyone ready to play their part if called on. Stephen will be looking to build on last week and he will leave the team in no doubt what is expected of them in the derby game.
Cliftonville also had a winning start last week when they defeated Glentoran 1-0 at Solitude. Paddy McLaughlin side won the game courtesy of a late Ryan Curran goal and like Crusaders they will be looking to build on it. They know it will be a typical blood and thunder game as most Crusaders v Cliftonville games are and will set up stop the threat of Jordan Owens and Adam Lecky if either or both play. Cliftonville are also full of threats and Crusaders will be all to aware of Joe Gormley and Conor McMenamin and their eye for goal.
So we are all set for the first North Belfast Derby of the season. This is an "all ticket" game due to Covid restrictions and only current season ticket holders will receive a ticket. You can though watch it live on the BBC Sport NI website or the BBC iPlayerand we hope you will get behind the lads even if you cannot be in the ground. Kick off is 7.45pm. C,mon the Crues and Keep The Faith
22nd October 2020
Match day Programme 2020/21
Matchday Programme 2020/21
To ensure that the tradition of producing a matchday programme continues at Seaview in these strange times for local football, the Crusaders Programme Team will be producing a monthly programme for the forthcoming season.
The first issue which covers the home games in October and November is now available to purchase. The 36 page issue costs just £3 and will be available at the three home games, where we would ask that those purchasing a copy would have the correct change if possible to keep contact to a minimum.
For those who cannot attend and would like to purchase a copy to be sent out please contact email@example.com for more details.
19th October 2020
Special 200 Club Draw Winners
As a thank you to the 200 Club members who continued with their monthly contributions over the last difficult months a special "one off " draw was made and it has made 10 members very happy indeed.
All members who have paid by Direct Debit or Cash members who have fully paid up in advance including all Players and Staff who have generously continued with their monthly payments throughout the year where included in the exclusive draw
The winners are as follows
1st Prize Davy Downes No.136 £400
2nd Prize Michael Long No.111 £250
3rd Prize George Smyth No.117 £175
4th Prize Catherine Neely No.115 £100
5th Prize Declan Caddell No.239 £100
6th Prize Bryan Collins No.188 £100
7th Prize Philip Lowry No.126 £100
8th Prize Chris Hegarty No.200 £100
9th Prize Lee Montgomery No.139 £100
10th Prize Derek Ritchie No.116 £100
Thanks again and we will let you know how you can get involved and the reasons why the 200 Club is in operation in the coming days. In the meantime we hope the winners enjoy spending their money.
19th October 2020
Membership Renewal Reminder
With our first home game v Cliftonville fast approaching, anyone looking to renew membership to guarantee tickets for the game this week must to do as soon as possible.
Tickets will be issued on Wednesday for this weeks game.
For renewals please log in via https://smartclubcloud.com/ with your details.
For new memberships please use this link https://crusadersfcshop.com/collections/memberships
Any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
17th October 2020
It is with sadness the Club has learnt of the sad passing of William (Billy) Boyd) Billy was a life member of the Club and although he had not attended games in recent years he still kept up to date with what was happening at the Club.
On behalf of everyone at Seaview Chairman Ronnie Millar would like to pass on condolences to Billys family and ask we keep his family in our thoughts.
17th October 2020
Crusaders Start Season With A Win
It was a succesful opening day of the new Danske Bank Premiership season for Crusaders as they defeated Warrenpoint Town at Milltown 1-0 and headed back up the A1 with 3 points. A well taken goal from Paul Heatley early in the game made the difference.
The game started fairly quietly with Warrenpoint Town shooting over the bar the highlight of the opening minutes as both sides sized each other up. Crusaders finally go into their groove and a good save by Sava in Towns goal on 8 minutes kept the home side side level. That only lasted a minute when Crusaders opened their account. A great slide rule pass by Gary Thompson fell to Paul Heatley who cooly and calmly slotted the ball home from inside the box to make it 1-0 Crusaders after 9 minutes and we where off and running. Crusaders kept the pressure on and went close a few minutes later and had the ball in the net again through Paul Heatley on 19 minutes but he was ruled marginally offside. Sean O'Neill was called into action after 24 minutes when he came out and gathered the ball well to prevent Town equalising. Paul Heatley looked sharp and was again just offside as he ran in on goal while Sean O'Neill was again called into action and was out smartly to punch a Town cross away. The game was disrupted with a series of silly fouls and free kicks as the game became a real war between the sides but as the half came to an end Crusaders finished strongly with last gasp defending stopping Jordan Owens and Sava tipping over Paul Heatleys cross come shot. The final action of the half saw Sava come out of his goal to stop Ross Clarke shooting and with that the first 45 ended 1-0 Crusaders.
The second half started with Crusaders the brighter side but after Town cleared a goalmouth scramble on 50 minutes the home side then put a lot of pressure on the Crusaders defence when they had to deal with several attacks but they stood strong and equal to the challenge. Town claims for a penalty for handball where turned down on 64 minutes while the referee remained consistent when he turned down a Crusaders penalty claim for a foul after 74 minutes. Sub Jamie McGonigle produced a nice bit of skill when he controlled turned and shot but it went wide and the danger was over. Town claims for yet another penalty where turned away on 81 minutes while Sava in Towns goal had to have two attempts at saving another Crusaders effort. With moments left in the game Crusaders Billy Joe Burns received his marching orders with a straight red card when he fouled Ryan Swan but minutes later it was over and Crusaders had won despite the late sending off.
A hard fought victory for Crusaders against a "hard to break down" Warrenpoint Town and thoughts now turn immediately to the next Premiership game which is Friday nights North Belfast Derby against Cliftonville at Seaview (7.45pm)
Team Line Up...Sean O'Neill, Billy Joe Burns, Aidan Wilson, Philip Lowry, Declan Caddell, Jordan Forsythe, Jordan Owens, Rodney Brown, Gary Thompson, Paul Heatley, Ross Clarke.
Subs Gerard Doherty, Chris Hegarty, Jamie McGonigle, Rory Hale, David Cushley, Adam Lecky, Michael Ruddy
16th October 2020
Match Preview ; Warrenpoint Town v Crusaders Danske Bank Premiership
The Danske Bank Premiership finally gets under way on Saturday and Crusaders make the trip to Milltown to play Warrenpoint Town in the opening game. Although Warrenpoint finished outside the relegation zone last season in 10th place they always make it hard at home for visiting teams and Crusaders will want to get a first win on the board so it makes for a good game.
Crusaders will have already put Tuesdays defeat in the Shield out of their minds and the focus for the forseeable future are league games. Stephen will most certainly make changes for this and several players missing from the last game will come back into contention. Billy Joe Burns willl come back into the squad and be available for selection and possibly Jarlath O'Rourke could return to the starting XI after being on the bench Tuesday night. Several other players who started on the bench last time out could also begin the game including Paul Heatley. Jamie McGonigle and Jordan Owens (who all came on in the second half on Tuesday night) but again we only speculate as to who will actually start. Stephen Baxter will be looking for for nothing else but a win to get the campaign off to a good start and having been fairly successful down here in recent seasons he will expect that to continue.
Warrenpoint Town have strengthened this season and have made several new signings including goalkeeper Andy Coleman and Gavin Peers and Barry Gray will have his men ready to make a game of it. A good pre season and Mid Ulster Cup progression will give Warrenpoint hope going into this new season and a top six place is not beyond them if they can gel and get a run together.
So we are all set for another new campaign. This game is strictly by ticket only and they can be purchased at This is for track and trace reasons and NO cash gate will be available. We need you at Milltown on Saturday to get behind the team. Buy your ticket and be part of the jouney we are about to start again. C'mon the Crues and Keep The Faith.
16th October 2020
200 CLUB UPDATE
On behalf of the Club and as a thank you for your loyal support of the 200 Club over the very difficult times we find ourselves
I will be having a one-off Draw for all members who have stuck with us throughout the year
This has helped the Club greatly with monthly contributions being passed directly to Club
All members who have paid by Direct Debit or Cash members who have fully paid up in advance including all Players and Staff who have generously continued with their monthly payments throughout the year will be included in the exclusive draw
with 10 Potential Winners.
1st Prize £400.00
2nd Prize £250.00
3rd Prize £175.00
Plus 6 prizes of £100.00
The draw will take place on Sunday 18th October, with a full return to normal in November.
Thank you all for your support,
13th October 2020
Crusaders Beaten In TOALSBET.com Co.Antrim Shield Quarter Final
Crusaders tonight went out of the TOALSBET.com Co.Antrim Shield at the quarter final stage when they lost heavily 4-0 to Larne at Inver Park. 2 goals each side of half time did the damage and with it the chance to lift the first silverware of the season in a few months.
The game started brightly and both sides looked up for the game. An early shout for a Crusaders penalty was turned down while Aidan Wilson and Gary Thompsons did well in defence to keep Larne from scoring and Adam Leckey went close on 15 minutes when his header just went the wrong side of the post. Crusaders where lucky on 26 minutes when they managed to eventually clear a goalmouth scramble as both sides kept the tempo at a high pace. Larne started to take a firm grip and Ronan Hale had a shot blocked on 32 minutes before Adam Leckey responded a minute later with a turn and shot that went wide from a tight angle. The game though lit up when Larne opened the scoring. A move down the wing resulted in Martin Donnelly receiving the ball, controlling and then scoring from 19 yards into the top corner leaving Gerard Doherty no chance. Crusaders where then hit with a second goal just 4 minutes later. A corner came in and Albert Watson powered a header home at the back post and it was 2-0 Larne in a half that had been evenly based just minutes before. With no further action the half ended 2-0 Larne.
The second half started like the first ended with another Larne goal after 2 minutes. The ball was passed into the box and Rodney Brown was alleged to half tripped a Larne player in the box and the ref although he had waved play on decided to change his mind to award a penalty. When things calmed down Andy Mitchell stepped up and slotted the ball home to make it 3-0 Larne after 48 minutes. Paul Heatley tried to hit back but his cross was cut out by Conor Devlin and within two minutes Crusaders went 4-0 behind. This time a quick counter attack saw a ball played in behind Rodney Brown and Ronan Hale ran in and clipped the ball over Gerard Doherty from close range. 4-0 behind after 51 minutes Crusaders tried to get back into the game but Declan Caddell and Adam Leckey did not test Conor Devlin when chances fell their way. Both sides kept going and Ross Clarke crashed a lomg range effort off the post before sub Jordan Owens spurned a great chance when he headed directly at Conor Devlin when in a good position. Gerard Doherty made a good save with 10 minutes to go and as the game came to an end Jordan Forsythe had two efforts that where off target. The ref soon after blew the whistle to end the game and Crusaders where out of the Shield. Crusaders will put the disappointment behind them and now look to the opening game of the Danske Bank Premiership season against Warrenpoint Town at Milltown on Saturday 17th
13th October 2020
Live SKY Sports Double Header Announced
The NI Football League can confirm the first two Danske Bank Premiership matches to be broadcast live on Sky Sports this season.
Three title challengers will do battle over two games in four days next month in front of a UK audience as Coleraine travel to Crusaders and then later in the same week welcome champions Linfield to the Ballycastle Road.
Tuesday 10 November - Crusaders v Coleraine (kick-off: 7.45pm)
Saturday 14 November – Coleraine v Linfield (kick-off: 12pm)
The two games are the first of five live Danske Bank Premiership fixtures on Sky Sports in the 2020/21 campaign.
12th October 2020
50 live streamed games on BBC Sport NI
BBC Sport NI has agreed a contract with the Irish FA and the NI Football League to live-stream 50 matches over the course of the upcoming Danske Bank Premiership season.
The games will be streamed on the BBC Sport Northern Ireland website bbc.co.uk/sportni and on BBC iPlayer.
It will be the first time that Danske Bank Premiership fixtures have been streamed live and will mean that games will be available to fans in Northern Ireland unable to go to matches due to the ongoing restrictions caused by the COVID19 pandemic.
BBC Northern Ireland will also show 12 live matches from the Danske Bank Premiership and Irish Cup on television as well as live TV coverage of the 2021 Irish Cup Final.
In addition, BBC Sport NI will have live radio commentary on Saturday afternoons from 2pm – 6pm on Sportsound as well as producing the Danske Bank Premiership highlights programme for BBC iPlayer.
With the varied football schedule and the challenges of COVID19, BBC Sport NI will pause production of Final Score for this season.
Executive Editor of BBC Sport NI, Neil Brittain, said:
“We know that it is going to be a challenging season for clubs as well as fans, so we felt it was important that we collaborated with the Irish FA, NIFL and the clubs to offer a different service this year.
“The result is that with 12 matches on BBC TV and 50 matches live-streamed on the BBC Sport NI website we will be bringing more live football to football fans than ever before.
“We always want to make the most of what we can do for our audiences and we hope that we have achieved a positive result for everyone involved.”
OCTOBER MATCH SCHEDULE
Friday October 16 – Coleraine v Ballymena United – 7.45pm
Saturday October 17 – Glenavon v Portadown – 5.30pm
Friday October 23 – Crusaders v Cliftonville – 7.45pm
Saturday October 24 – Ballymena United v Linfield – 5.30pm
Friday October 30 – Linfield v Crusaders – 7.45pm
11th October 2020
Toalsbet.com Co Antrim Shield QF Ticket Update
LARNE FC v CRUSADERS FC
Tuesday 13th October 2020
7.45pm KO @ Inver Park
Larne FC have confirmed that Crusaders supporters will be located in the Church End with a limited number of tickets available from 8pm on Sunday evening.
Tickets available via this link:
11th October 2020
Crusaders FC Board, players and staff send their thoughts and prayers to the family of Raymond Buchanan who sadly passed away last month.
Raymond was a Senior member.
Rest in peace.
4th June 2019
10th October 2020
Toalsbet.com Co Antrim Shield RD1 Result
CRUSADERS FC 2-0 H&W WELDERS
Ben Kennedy (pen) 7'
Ben Kennedy (pen) 19'
Crusaders will now travel to Larne on Tuesday 13th October, 7.45pm KO at Inver Park for the Quarter Final.
Tickets for Crusaders supporters will be limited with supporters located in the Church End.
More details to follow
10th October 2020
Crusaders Safely through in TOALSBET.com Co.Antrim Shield 1st Rd
Crusaders got back to competitive action at last on Saturday 10th October when they defeated Championship side H&W Welders at Seaview in the TOALSBET.com Co.Antrim Shield 1st Round. Crusaders as expected started strongly and Ross Clarke had the first attempt on goal but his shot was blocked. Crusaders where awarded a penalty in the 7th minute and new signing Ben Kennedy opened his account for Crusaders with a well taken spot kick and it was 1-0. Jordan Owens headed straight at the Welders keeper Joe McGovern and Aidan Wilson flicked his header wide as Crusaders put pressure on but it was from the spot again that they doubled the lead. A foul again on Ross Clarke saw Ben Kennedy get a second chance from the spot and he converted successfully again making it 2-0 after 19 minutes. It was all Crusaders but Rory Hale shot wide from distance, a Jordan Owens header went straight to the keeper again, Ross Clarke shot was deflected wide and the Welders keeper nearly dropped a simple catch into the net With no further goals it was 2-0 at half time.
The second half was minutes old when there was a claim for another Crusaders penalty but it was turned down this time. A rare H&W Welders attack saw Michael McLellan try and chip Gerard Doherty but his effort went wide on 50 minutes. Adam Lecky missed a chance to open his Crusaders account when the ball came off his knee and went wide before Billy Joe Burns side footed blast went not too wide of the post. Crusaders kept going forward but chance after chance went by and another rare attack by the opposition saw Gerard Doherty easily save Charlie Dornans header while Billy Joe Burns again went close but his shot from close range went high and wide. Joe McGovern made a great save from David Cushley with 5 minutes left and with no further action of note the whistle blew and Crusaders progressed in the TOALSBET.com Co Antrim Shield to play Larne in the Quarter Final at Inver Park on Tuesday 13th October (7.45pm)
9th October 2020
Tickets for our game v Warrenpoint Town (Saturday 17th October) are now on sale via this link https://warrenpointtownfc.co.uk/tickets/
Due to restrictions related to COVID-19 tickets are limited.
If you DO NOT have a ticket please do not travel to the game.
Please respect the safety measures put in place by Warrenpoint Town for spectators, players & officials.
9th October 2020
The club members unanimously agreed the following membership subscriptions for the 2020/21 season.
Full Member £150
Senior Member ( over 65) £70
Junior Member (under 18 but not of primary school age ) £40
Primary School Member ( Primary school age and below) £20
The members also unanimously decided to adopt a collegiate approach to ticketing this season to ensure fairness in ticketing arrangements.
With the present capacity of Seaview reduced to 460, not all members will be able to attend all games.
Our home games will be split into three categories;
CAT A - Cliftonville, Glentoran and Linfield
CAT B - Ballymena, Coleraine and Larne
CAT C - all other league ties
All members (including new members) will be treated equally and will receive tickets on a rolling register basis for each individual category.
Tickets are non transferable and can be used by the member only. Anyone in breach of this will have their membership cancelled.
Members who cannot attend a game that they receive a ticket for should contact the General Manager on to surrender their ticket which will be made available to another member again on the rolling category basis. This will mean they will move up the register for the next game in the same category.
Members who miss out on a match ticket will be offered tickets for the Danny Hale Suite and The McDonald Centre where the game will be televised on large screens again on a rolling category basis.
Members who miss out on either match tickets or Danny Hale / McDonald Centre tickets will receive access to a live stream for each game.
Going on previous years levels of membership and attendance trends it is likely that members will miss one in 4 of the category C games, one in three of the category B games and one in two of the category A games.
Members can renew their membership now online https://smartclubcloud.com/ or in Harry D's from 11.30 am to 10.30pm seven days a week.
Supporters who wish to become members can do so online https://crusadersfcshop.com/collections/memberships
and via the online shop you can avail of our partnership with Klarna and spread the cost of membership.
In Light of the above restrictions it was unanimously agreed that all members will receive a credit on their smart card equivalent to 20% of their subscription, that is £30 per full member, £14 per senior member, £8 per junior member and £4 per primary school member.
No match day tickets will be made available to non members due to the crowd restrictions.
Members are advised that they are paying a non refundable subscription regardless of any future crowd restrictions or curtailment.
The members also agreed that streams of all non televised games would be made available to non members at a cost of £10 per game.
Crusaders Football Club are now in a position to announce a list of pre season friendlies. We hope you can make some if not all as Stephen Baxter and his management team begin prep for the season ahead. It is certainly a wide variety of opposition from every level and it will give the lads a good start before the new Danske Bank Premiership season begins in August. The games are as follows.
Saturday 22nd June Away v Loughgall FC (3pm)
Wednesday 26th June Home v Motherwell FC (7.45pm)
Saturday 29th June Home v Ards (3pm)
Thursday 4th July Home v Portadown (7.45pm)
Saturday 6th July Home v Maiden City (3pm)
Saturday 13th July Home v Rangers XI (Declan Caddells Testimonial 3pm) Tickets online via club website
Also in there are the two Europa League Qualifiers on Thursday 11th & 18th July (teams yet to be confirmed)
23rd May 2019
Billy McCord has been named Crusaders Super Fan 2018/19 at an NI Football League awards ceremony this week at the National Stadium at Windsor Park.
It’s the second year of the Danske Bank Premiership SuperFan Awards, which were launched to recognise supporters who go the extra mile for their clubs – the life blood of the Danske Bank Premiership.
Billy McCord epitomises everything about the local game. A role model with real conviction, passion and loyalty to his club – from Seaview to Lurgan, Scotland to Slovenia, he wouldn’t miss supporting his team in the most positive way possible. As an older fan, he brings the club together and ensures his traditions and morals continue on, from getting his daughter to knit red and black blankets for half the main stand, to sweets for the kids – he makes going to matches so much fun.
SuperFan nominations closed on 10th April 2019, with over 300 entries received across all 12 Premiership clubs.
Well done Billy from everyone at Seaview.
26th April 2019
A RANGERS XI will travel to Belfast on Saturday, July 13 (3pm KO) for Crusaders’ player Declan Caddell’s testimonial.
Caddell has played over 400 games across 12 years for the NIFL Premiership side, and Gers will mark the occasion by sending a side to Seaview Stadium for a 3pm kick-off.
Rangers head of academy Craig Mulholland said: "We are delighted to be returning to Northern Ireland to participate in Declan’s testimonial and look forward to exposing our young lads to a great test against Crusaders. Rangers have a fantastic and loyal supporters base in Northern Ireland and it is great that we can bring some of our exciting young talent to them and they can see a Rangers team on their doorstep. I am sure it will be an entertaining and competitive match and we look forward to playing in front of a big crowd to reward Declan for his long service to Crusaders.”
Caddell, who came through the youth ranks at Crusaders, said: "I am absolutely delighted to have Rangers FC over for my testimonial year. I would like to thank those at Rangers who worked so hard to make this game possible. Rangers are a massive club and I appreciate the effort and time taken to cater for me on my year of celebration. I'm sure it will be a great spectacle not only for Crusaders fans who have given me great support over the past 12 years but also for Rangers fans throughout Northern Ireland during the July Bank Holiday weekend. I look forward to welcoming Rangers to Seaview and I'm sure it will be a great day for all attending."
Tickets for the game go on sale at 9am on Saturday 27th April from Crusaders online ticket office. Tickets are priced at £15 Adult & £10 Concessions.
A limited number of tickets are also available for a Pre-Match Lunch and Q&A with Rangers legend Mark Hatley. The event arranged by Declan Caddell's Testimonial Committee will be hosted in the Hospitality Suite of the McDonald Centre and starts at 1.00pm sharp. Tickets are priced at £50 per person and include a 2 Course lunch & Match Ticket with full bar facilities also available.
10th April 2019
Check out the new menu being served in Harry D's Lounge.
Available all day with a special deal between 12-3pm !
Between 12-3pm each day we will have the 'High 5' where all options are just £5.....yes £5!!! 😋
Come down to Seaview for a great feed. You will not leave disappointed 👍