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24th March 2022

Statement from Crusaders Football Club

At a packed meeting at Seaview Stadium, Crusaders members voted 236 FOR & 36 AGAINST to accept the proposal for a substantial investment in Crusaders Football Club. The 75% threshold was comfortably met, and the club will now instruct solicitors. It is hoped the transaction will be complete by May 2022.

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15th March 2022

Crusaders v Warrenpoint 19th March 2022 Free Ticket Offer On Behalf Of The National Lottery


During the 2020/21 season, The National Lottery (TNL) provided funding to the Northern Ireland Football

League (NIFL) clubs to support us through the COVID-19 pandemic.

TNL is running a communications campaign across the UK, to celebrate the important role

football clubs have in their communities. This will run across TV, press, online and radio. They will also host a

microsite which will direct people, by post code search, to you as their nearest club.

The centerpiece of the campaign is a ticket offer that each club will run at one home game for each club over

the weekends of 18th/19th March and 26th/27th March with the aim of generating greater engagement and

attendances. This will be subsidised financially by TNL.

Ticket Offer

• Every paying adult or season ticket holder who shows a National Lottery ticket, will be able to bring

one guest (adult, child or concession) with them for free. In essence, it is a Buy One Get One Free


• Ticket offer will only be applicable to home fans in NIFL Premiership games, with the exception of

non-segregated matches.

• Each paying spectator may purchase a maximum of two tickets and therefore can redeem a maximum

of two free tickets for any given match.

• For Premiership clubs TNL will subsidise the full face value of the ticket for every free ticket claimed

up to a maximum of 300 ticket per club.

• All National Lottery products qualify, whether a National Lottery draw-based game e.g. Lotto, scratch

card or online instant win game, whether purchased in store, on The National Lottery website, or via

The National Lottery app.

24th  February  2022



Declan Caddell has announced that he plans to retire at the end of the current campaign to take up the Head of Academy position at the Club.


Caddell, who has played over 500 games for Crusaders, is excited to take up the new role and is looking forward to the new challenge. 


Steven Livingstone has been appointed as Interim Head of Academy until the end of the season.


23rd February  2022

Notice of EGM: Thursday 10th March 2022 7pm McDonald Centre Seaview


All Life, Full, Senior and Student Members are invited to attend an Extra-ordinary General Meeting on Thursday 10th March at 7.00pm sharp in the McDonald Centre.



1. To discuss a fully detailed very significant investment proposal in Crusaders FC


Details of an investment proposal will be issued to all members simultaneously at the EGM.


To be clear this meeting is for discussion only and for the membership to hear the full details of an investment proposal and give their opinion should they wish to call a further meeting to take a vote on the proposals.


Due to Non-Disclosure Agreements no further comment will be made ahead of the EGM.


For and on behalf of Crusaders FC Board,


Bernard Thompson
General Manager


10th March  2022

Statement from Crusaders FC - 10th March 2022

A well-attended, packed meeting of Crusaders members on 10th March heard details of a significant investment proposal in Crusaders FC. The proposal, from a growing sports network associated with Ian Rush Academies based in England and France, could realise a significant investment of £2.5m.


The meeting was not called to take a decision, but rather to inform and discuss proposals. The proposals were positively received and Crusaders members voted overwhelmingly to meet again to determine their course on 24th March.


What is proposed is a balanced investment, focussed on the further professionalisation of the senior teams, developing modern sports science pillars, developing further the youth apprenticeship scheme whilst maintaining and enhancing a wide range of Sport4Social-Change programmes.

Acceptance of the investment would change Crusaders from a wholly fan-owned club to a shareholder model in which fans would retain a significant holding.


Ronnie Millar, Chair of Crusaders FC commented “This evening’s meetings was held to discuss a detailed and significant investment proposal in Crusaders FC. Our members have received detailed information and will take time to consider it before returning to determine our view. Crusaders is owned and run by its season ticket owning members and the decision is theirs to make. That said, many members can see that new wealth in the League is forcing others to reflect. The one thing that is certain is that standing still is not an option.”


Tommy Whiteside, Treasurer of Crusaders commented “The finance on offer will not be for first team development only. It will be a balanced investment in the senior teams, sports science, youth development and facilities. Our investors will contribute significantly to help us develop new facilities and new income streams – football and non-football related – which will grow the club in the medium to long term. We believe we have an investor who will be a partner for the long term, committed to travelling on a journey with us. Together, we can improve our business and commit to investing in the grassroots of the game”.


Mark Langhammer, Vice-Chair of Crusaders commented “Moving from ‘fan-owned’ to shareholder governance is a big change for our members and there is no little emotion involved in the decision. However, I don’t believe it will change our mission. The educational provision within the football apprenticeship will be a platform for attracting local and international student-players. Our model will stay local at its core, but look internationally, too. The wide range of social programmes run through our “Crusaders in the Community” arm will continue and grow. Our investors will not only help with income streams. They are committed and focussed on reinvesting in the grassroots of the game.”

3rd February  2022

Next Game



2nd February 2022


Crusaders FC acknowledge and accept the apology from Glentoran FC in relation to an incident involving our 1st Team Coach Darren Murphy on 21st January at Seaview.


As part of the football family, we need to continue working together in the best interests of the game in Northern Ireland.

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1st February 2022

Paul Heatley Testimonial Gala Dinner Tickets Now Available


Tickets for Paul Heatleys Testimonial Gala Dinner to be held in Clayton Hotel Belfast on Saturday 12th March are now available to purchase.

This is a night that we come together to celebrate and thank Paul for everything he has done in a Crusaders shirt and his contribution to the success we have had in the last decade and we know you will do just that.

The night will be  compered by BBC's Michael Clarke the guest speaker will Northern Ireland International Legend Gerry Armstrong.

Tickets are £55 per head or a table of 10 can be bought for £500 and includes a sparkling drinks reception and a disco after the evenings events. Dress issmart casual.

Tickets can be bought from the Paul Heatley Testimonial Committee at any game and we will also be in the McDonald Centre on certain nights (to be announced) to purchase also. You can also contact for further information.

Make it a night to remember for Paul and show what he means to every Crusaders supporter..


1st February 2022

Crusaders Reserves Continue Great Form


Crusaders Reserves are certainly having a superb season and they continued it last night with another big win this time away to Glenavon Reserves winning 4-0.

Goals from Adam Lecky, Lewis Barr, Jack Patterson and Johnny McMurray made it a comfortable win and leaves the U20's ten points clear with two games in hand to second places Ballymena United U20's.

Their next scheduled game is Wednesday9th February away to Ballymena United Reserves.

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31st January 2022

Sean O'Neill Goes Out On Loan


Crusaders goalkeeper Sean O'Neill has gone out on loan to fellow Danske Bank Premiership side Ballymena United for the remainder of the season.

The deal has been struck in the final hours of the transfer window and Sean will meet up with his new team mates at the Ballymena Showgrounds tomorrow night.

To date Sean has played 365 games for Crusaders and we wish him all the best during his loan spell and we look forward to seeing him back at Seaview for pre season training ahead of the 2022-23 season.

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29th January 2022

Philip Lowry Reaches 200 Game Milestone


Congratulations to Philip Lowry who today made his 200th appearance for Crusaders.

Philip signed back in May 2016 and has scored 34 goals to date including an Irish Cup Final goal back in 2019. Along with the Irish Cup medal Philip has been involved in an Irish Premiership title and two Co. Antrim Shield wins so he has a nice collection of medals to show.

Well done on the milestone and you are certainly have a right to be entered in the " Crusaders Legends" room


29th January 2022


Crusaders Beaten By Glenavon At Seaview


It was bas day at the office for Crusaders as they lost 1-0 to Glenavon in the Danske Bank Premiership. An early goal from Pter Campbell for the visitors was enough to take the three points home and stop Crusaders continuing the good form they have been in.

It was a flat display from Crusaders with Paul Heatley the livewire  on the pitch being the exception  causing the Glenavon defence to work hard as he made run after run. Glenavon took the lead as early as the 8th minute when Peter Campbell finiahed off agood cross to the back post and the visitors went one up. Paul Heatley continued to cause problems but could not make the breakthrough while Daniel Larmour headed inches wide at the back post as Crusaders pushed for the equaliser. Glenavon had a few half chances but they did not trouble Johnny Tuffey and it was 1-0 at half time.

The second half saw Crusaders come out firing but again Glenavons defence did enough to keep the lead. Daniel Larmour made a smashing tackle to deny Glenavon a goal scoring chance while Philip Lowry making his 200th appearance for Crusaders cleared a Glenavon corner twice as they fought back. Johnny Tuffey also made a good save to deny Glenavon while James Taylor was quickly off his line to get the ball ahead of Jordan Owens. 

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 28thJanuary 2022

Match Preview. Crusaders v Glenavon. Danske Bank Premiership. Sat 29th January 2022


The games are coming thick and fast for Crusaders and our next game on Saturday pitches us against Glenavon for the second time in a few weeks only this time it is the Danske Bank Premiership. Crusaders had a late win on Tuesday to make it three wins in four games and will be looking to build on that while Glenavon also won and they are pushing to break into the top six before the Premiership splits in two.

Crusaders and Glenavon have already net twice this season in two competitions.

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 07.01.22 Glenavon 0 Crusaders 4 Samuel Gelstons Irish Whiskey Irish Cup

Stephen Baxter will have been pleased that the team kept going on Tuesday night and won the game very late on. He will be hoping that everyone once again reports fit and if so the same team  could take the pitch. Although not a classic against Portadown everyone had a part to play and Ben Kennedy came up with the quality to score. The defence where solid and Johnny Tuffey came away with another clean sheet. It will be more of the same and Crusaders will still have freshh memories of the great 4-0 win over Glenavon just three weeks ago and will look to repeat it. Glenavon came from behind to win on Tuesday but Gary Hamiltons sides start stop season is frustrating. He has made a few moves in the transfer window  and has shuffled the pack but we will still be up against ex Crusaders favourites Sean Ward and Matthew Snoddy if they are selected. Other players of note to watch are Matthew Fitzpatrick and of course  Andy Waterworth. Glenavon will of course  be out to avenge the Irish Cup defeat and Crusaders will be wary of the sting in the tail.

So we go again against Glenavon on on Saturday and of course we want you at the game. Tickets are available at or in Harry D's when open. Tickets will be available also on the day from the ticket office just inside the McDonald Centre. Let's get behind the lads again. Keep the Faith. C'mon The Crues

25th January 2022

Grounds Of Belfast


This will be a great event for all Irish League fans young and old.

Get your ticket now for a walk down the history of Irish League grounds

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25th January 2022

Ben Kennedy Late Late Goal Earns Win For Crusaders


It was a Ben Kennedy goal in the dying seconds of the 90th minute tonight at Shamrock Park that saw Crusaders head down the M1 to North Belfast with three points and another clean sheet. IIt had been a frustrating night up to then but it was all forgotten when Ben smashed the ball home to spark celebration among the team and travelling support. 

It was Crusaders who dominated throughout the game and Paul Heatley was unlucky on 9  minutes when his volley flew just over. Ben Kennedy had a curler  saved by Barr before a lovely piece of skill by Paul Heatley to control a ball over his shoulder did not match the shot that went over. The rest of the first half produced very little in the way of chances but it was the second half that saw Crusaders go through the gears.

Ross Clarke and Jude Winchester had half chances but on the hour a double substitution nearly got Crusaders the lead when Philip Lowry went close with his first touch. He had another chance a minute later but lobbed over the bar and the other sub Jordan Owens somehow had his point blank header superbly saved by Barr on 69 minutes. Paul Heatleys goalbound effort was cleared near the line with the keeper beaten and as Crusaders pushed forward the got the breakthrough as the final whistle got close when Ben Kennedy smashed home.

Full Report To Follow.

 24thJanuary 2022

Paul Heatley Gala Testimonial Dinner Announced


Paul Heatleys Testimonial Committee are pleased to announce Paul Heatleys Testimonial Gala Dinner to be held in Clayton Hotel Belfast on Saturday 12th March.

Compered by BBC's Michael Clarke the guest speaker will Northern Ireland International Legend Gerry Armstrong.

This is a night that we come together to celebrate and thank Paul for everything he has done in a Crusaders shirt and his contribution to the success we have had in the last decade and we know you will do just that.

Tickets are £55 per head or a table of 10 can be bought for £500 and includes a sparkling drinks reception and a disco after the evenings events. Dress is formal.

Tickets can be bought from the Paul Heatley Testimonial Committee at any game and we will also be in the McDonald Centre on certain nights (to be announced) to purchase also. You can also contact for further information.

Make it a night to remember for Paul and show what he means to every Crusaders supporter..

24th January 2022

Match Preview. Portadown v Crusaders. Danske Bank Premiership. 25th January


It's midweek footbal for Crusaders this week and they are off to Shamrock Park to play Portadown on Tuesday night (7.45pm) Crusaders will be bursting to get back to winning ways after the controversial defeat last Friday night to Glentoran but that has now gone and they look forward. Portadown go into the game having been rocked by the departure of manager Matthew Tipton and they will be eager to impress any potential new bosses and could be dangerous.

Crusaders and Portadown have met twice this season in the Danske Bank Premiership with Crusaders winning both. In August they won 4-0 at Shamrock Park with goals from Paul Heatley, Johnny McMurray, Billy Joe Burns and Ben Kennedy and in November won 2-0 with goals from Paul Heatley and Philip Lowry.

Stephen Baxter may take the chance to use the squad depth for this game after several weeks of tough games. Players who have come on from the bench could get a start and those who have played through January so far could have a deserved rest. It means Jarlath O'Rourke could get his chance again in defence while Jonny Frazer and Robbie Weir could get the nod in midfield and up front Adam Lecky, Johnny McMurray and Jordan Owens come into the frame should the team be freshened up.  Stephen will let his side know that despite the position Portadown are in in the Premiership they are capable of producing a result and the side will need to be focused for the win. 

Portadown will be looking to get a boost given the upheaval over the last few days and the temporary management set up will have them ready to give it a go. Portadown will look to ex Crusaders players Michael Ruddy and Howard Beverland to get a view on how Crusaders might play. The Portadown players will know they are playing for their future and it will give them a challenge to win. They currently sit in 11th place in the table having only won twice and are seven points from safety as we head into business wnusiness end of the season.

So all set for another big game as Crusaders look to stay in touch at the top. Tickets can be bought on the Portadown website and there will also be a cash gate. We hope you can make the game and show the support you have given us continually. So wrap up in red and black and come down to the game. C'mon the Crues. Keep The Faith.

23rd January 2022

Defib Gifted To Club In Memory Of Tom Beare


On Friday nigjt before the Crusaders v Glentoran game at Seaview Chairman Ronnie Millar accepted a very charitable gift from the family of life long Crusaders and local football fan Tom Beare.

Sadly Tom passed away following an illness in July 2021 but we accepted this gift from Toms wife Doreen, on Toms behalf.

Tom was at the fore front of the medical business and created Cardiac Services in 1969 with the company being responsible for bringing the first pacemakers, heart valves and defibrillators to Northern Ireland.

So with recent events highlighting the need for defibrillators at sports ground it was very fitting and with great gratitude that we accepted a new defibrillator which will be placed in a secure casing on the outside wall of Seaview for the Crusaders family and wider community benefit.

Tom was no stranger to charity and was the recipient of a MBE in 2002 as a result of this continued work. So as you can see his generosity still lives on today.

Crusaders are proud to receive the defibrillator from Doreen and family who are friends of our very own Crusaders players Lucy and James McBride who represent the 2011 girls and 2012 boys respectively.

Once again thank you

22nd January 2022

Condolences To Jennifer Hunter & Family


On behalf of everyone connected to Crusaders Football Club Chairman Ronnie Millar wishes to pass on the deepest condolences and sympathy to ex director Jennifer Hunter and the entire family circle on the passing of her mother Dorothy Hunter.
Dorothy was no stranger to Seaview and indeed worked behind the bar in the old social club and was a well known lady around the Shore Road.
Ronnie asks that we keep Jennifer, her father and the Hunter extended family in our thoughts and prayers over the coming days and weeks as they come to terms with their loss. At Rest

21st January 2022

Crusaders Lose In A Night Of Controversy


It will be farcical decisions and inept refereeing that will make the headlines rather than the game itself tonight as Crusaders and Irish League football has again suffered because of an official in the middle. As for the game itself Crusaders went down 2-1 after leading at half time that also saw Jude Winchester and Stephen Baxter given red cards. a blatant penalty turned down and some baffling decisions made in general by referee Jamie Robinson and his merry band.

The game started quietly and it wasn't until the 11th minute did we get the first action when a Ben Kennedy free kick was cleared for a corner by Patrick McClean. From the resulting corner Crusaders opened the scoring when Josh Robinson rose highest to head the ball into the net as a Glentoran defender tried to clear to make it 1-0. Two minutes later controversy took hold when Crusaders had two penalty appeals turned down and it was made worse when Jamie Robinson seemed to go to blow the whistle then suddenly took it from his mouth again and waved play on much to the anger of Crusaders players, staff and fans. On 16 minutes Aaron McCarey made a great save from Daniel Larmour as he tipped over his bullet header from Ben Kennedys free kick. Glentoran finally started to get into the game after 25 minutes of Crusaders pressure with Daniel Larmour doing well again only this time in defence with a great saving tackle.  Philip Lowry had a shot  that went well over the bar and Ben Kennedys cross was cut out as Crusaders came back at Glentoran. Jordan Forsythe and then Billy Joe Burns did well defending for Crusaders and as the half was coming to an end Josh Robinson again nearly scored with a copycat routine that earned his first goal of the day. With no further action the half ended with Crusaders ahead. 

Half Time. Crusaders 1 Glentoran 0

The second half saw Crusaders not capitalising on an early free kick and it proved costly as Conor McMenamin equalised for Glentoran on 48 minutes when he got between Josh Robinson and Ben Kennedy to shoot past Johnny Tuffey and make it 1-1. Glentoran had their tails up and Johnny Tuffey was on hand to make a good save on 52 minutes. Yet more controversy came on 55 minutes when Jamie Robinson somehow made the decision to send off  Jude Winchester, who was playing in his full debut for Crusaders, for a tackle that did not even look like a yellow card let alone a straight red. To top it off Jamie Robinson wasn't even looking at the tackle!!! Crusaders kept going even with 10 men and it was a superb tackle that stopped Paul Heatley running in on goal while at the other end Aidan Wilson did equally well to stop a Glentoran attack. Glentoran took the lead on 65 minutes when Robbie McDaid got on the end of a Bobby Burns cross and headed home unmarked at the near post to make it 2-1. Crusaders changed things with four subs in 10 minutes and as the game entered the last lot of minutes it was Crusaders who threw everything at Glentoran. Aaron McCarey was again on hand to make a great stop this time from a point blank Paul Heatley effort while Jordan Owens flick nearly caused problems for Glentoran. Jamie Robinson was still not finished with his farcical decisions when he then gave manager Stephen Baxter a straight red and removed him from the bench for some reason that no one knows bar the referee himself. This killed the game and bar Jordan Forsythe clearing off the line time added on the game ran out and Glentoran had won 2-1. 

So this game will not be remembered for two teams serving up a great football match but will be remembered for the officials. Sounds a familiar story.

Full Time. Crusaders 1 Glentoran 2

20th January 2022

Match Preview. Crusaders v Glentoran. Danske Bank Premiership. Friday 21st January


The big games just keep on coming and Friday night is no different when Crusaders play Glentoran at Seaview in the latest Danske Bank Premiership. It's all to play for for both teams with Crusaders unbeaten in 2022 and climbing the table while Glentoran go into the game on  the back of a good win against Cliftonville on Monday night.

Both sides have already met twice this season with Crusaders winning 3-0 at The Oval in September and Adam Lecky, Ben Kennedy and Aidan Wilson scoring  while Glentoran won 1-0 at Seaview in November.

Stephen Baxters teams have been superb since 2022 started and  performances have been a joy to watch.  Apart from a few forced changes in defence the team has been fairly settled so we will hopefully see little change for this one. The back four and Johnny Tuffey have been in harmony and this has resulted in six clean sheets and this form has been the cornerstone on which the performances  have been built on. The midfield has been in superb form also and their work ethic has been excellent in and around the box and getting back to defend. Ben Kennedy has been the stand out performer and is proving to be a massive part of each game. Goals have been coming from over the park and Crusaders will be ready to face an "in form" Glentoran side. Glentoran sit second in the Premiership table and after a good win on Monday night against Cliftonville means they have lost only once in the last five games. They have quality all over the pitch and the massive outlay they have spent on the squad they really are under pressure to succeed. Key players  for Glentoran are Jay Donnelly, Joe Crowe and Patrick McLean  while Bobby Burns and Rhys Marshall are also players who need watched.

So all set for this cracking game and we want you there with us. Tickets are available at www. or in Harry D's when it is open. Any remaining tickets will be on sale from the ticket office in the McDonald Centre before the game. Let's get behind the team and let Glentoran know we are the 12th man. C'mon the Crues. Keep The Faith.

20th January 2022

200 Club Winners For October & November


The 200 Club committee are pleased to reveal the latest winners from our monthly draw. As we still battle with the effects of collecting donations for each month during the pandemic Natasha and Ashleigh have worked hard to get the draw made even if it is slightly behind.

We can now give you October & Novembers draw.

Th e winners are


1st Prize Declan Caddell      No. 239 £230

2nd Prize Nikki Chilton         No. 056 £115

3rd Prize Jarlath O'Rourke  No. 022 £46

4th Prize Jim Long                    No. 154  £23

5th Prize Ross Clarke              No. 153 £23

6th Prize Mark Hamilton       No. 035 £23


1st Prize Billy McCord             No. 203 £225

2nd Prize Rodney Redmond No. 107 £112.50

3rd Prize Jonathan Roulston No. 108 £45

4th Prize Jim Long                        No. 154 £22.50

5th Prize Gary Thompson        No. 095 £22.50

6th Prize Billy McCord               No. 127 £22.50

Thanks as always to everyone who has contributed and the club will of course benefit with half the pot less bank charges. Look out for December and Januarys winners and some exciting news about a revamp and relaunch of the 200 Club.

18th January 2022

Crusaders v Glentoran Tickets On Sale


Next up in the Dankse Bank Premiership is Glentoran at Seaview on Friday night

It will be another massive game and we want everyone there to get behind the team.

Tickets available at and also in Harry D's during opening hours. Any tickets left will be sold from the ticket office in the McDonald Centre before kick off. Make sure you don't miss this cracking game

C"mon the Crues

18th January 2022

Next Game



15th January 2022

Crusaders Earn Three Points After Gritty Win


Crusaders good start to 2022 continued with a hard earned three points away to Warrenpoint Town. They eventually got the winning goal in the second half when Ross Clarke finiished well with a move he started seconds earlier.

The game started quietly but the first real action saw a Philip Lowry shot blocked and two headers from Ben Kennedy that did not trouble Stephen McMullan. It was Stephen McMullan who came to Warrenpoint Towns rescue on 16 minutes when he saved a point blank Paul Heatley shot with his leg after a lovely header to set it up from Ben Kennedy. The Warrenpoint Town defence gave little away to Crusaders and  they went close at the other end but Daniel McKenna shot over when well placed on 33 minutes. Crusaders appeals for a penalty where turned down when Ben Kennedy went down in the box a few minutes later and as the half came to the end Warrenpoint Towns defence held up against five minutes of sustained Crusaders pressure as they pushed for an opening goal.

Half Time. Warrenpoint Town 0 Crusaders 0

Warrenpoint Town started the second half the better and a sharp save from a cross and then a second save from Alan O'Sullivan by Johnny Tuffey on both occasions kept Crusaders in the game. Ben Kennedy went close again and brave goalkeeping by Stephen McMullan  kept the score at 0-0 but Crusaders where slowly taking control but again Warrenpoint Towns defence did well under pressure.  A Ben Kennedy shot was deflected for a corner and his corner had to be tipped over the bar as it dipped in. Adam Leckys header then went wide on 69 minutes but the pressure finally told as Crusaders went ahead on 74 minutes. Ross Clarke set off on a trademark run but his shot was deflected to Paul Heatley who hit the post with his effort. Ross Clarke though was following up and he connected with the ball well to send it neatly past Stephen McMullan and Crusaders where ahead. Ross Clarke nearly made it 2-0 minutes later but his shot went across goal and wide. Jphnny Tuffey was alert on 79 minutes to save well as Warrenpoint Town tried to hit back.  New signing Jude Winchester came on to make his debut on 83 minutes for Crusaders and he fitted into midfield immediately as Crusaders pushed for a second goal. Ross Clarke had a shot blocked while his free kick went over and Crusaders where frustrated again.  Crusaders had a late scare in time added on when BillJoe Burns superbly got his head to a Warrenpoint Town header and managed to get it over rhe bar to finally earn three points seconds later when the whistle blew.

So three points and we stay unbeaten this year. Attention now turns to next Friday night when Glentoran come to Seaview in another massive game in the Danske Bank Premiership

15th January 2022

Crusaders Under 20's Continue Great Form


Crusaders U20's are riding high in the Development League and continued their great form today when they defeated Warrenpoint Town U20's 2-0 at Seaview.

Corrie Burns and Johnny McMurray where on the scoresheet as another three points puts Crusaders U20's undefeated this season and 13 points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand on Ballymena United U20's who are sitting second,

14th January 2022

New Crusaders Football Academy Announced In Partnership With Belfast Met


Crusaders Football Club has announced its Full-time Football Academy based at Seaview Stadium in partnership with Belfast Metropolitan College, with a virtual INFORMATION NIGHT arranged for Wednesday 19th January, 7pm via Eventbrite

This exciting new Academy will provide a Level 3 qualification with course options in Sport, Business, Event Management and Media. The Academy students will train as full-time footballers and receive 13 hours coaching contact time per week which will include Strength & Conditioning.

The Academy provides a fantastic opportunity for students to gain a qualification and offers educational pathways with Belfast Metropolitan College and Ulster University. The Academy is open to males & females with all students completing their placements with Crusaders Football Club and their partners.

Participants will be given employment opportunities with Crusaders FC and their partners which will give students vital work experience to learn new skills to prepare them for the world of work.

Ronnie Millar, Chairman at Crusaders FC said “Crusaders Football Club are delighted to be working with Belfast Metropolitan College on this exciting new project. The Crusaders Football Academy will create a pathway for elite footballers, male & female, with access to quality teaching & learning in subject areas of choice. We look forward to developing our relationship with the college with the addition of other community education projects at Seaview”.

Sharon Rivers, Head of Health, Wellbeing and Inclusion at Belfast Met is delighted with the new Crusaders Football Academy at Belfast Met and is looking forward to the programme starting with students. She highlighted: “This really is a ground-breaking football academy which brings together the football success and employability skills opportunities afforded by Crusaders FC with the extensive education experience and learner success of Belfast Metropolitan College.

She added: ”This academy will afford young aspiring footballers a truly unique opportunity to choose to study from a range of internationally recognised full time level 3 qualifications, including Sport. We are delighted to be the education partner of choice for Crusaders FC in this new venture.”

Fiona Dempsey, Head of Belfast Business School at Belfast Met, confirmed: “Here at the Business School, we are very excited to welcome Crusaders Football Academy students with the opportunity to gain a Level 3 qualification in Event Management or Business. The students will have endless opportunities to put these newly acquired skills to use during their time at Crusaders and into a lifelong career.”

Ian McCormick, Head of Creative and Digital Industries at Belfast Met, added: “We are delighted to be supporting this innovative academy programme with opportunities for participants to obtain a Level 3 qualification in Creative Media Production. This will allow academy students to develop skills in content production for both social media and broadcast platforms and gain wider digital skills to support their career choices.”

Applications for the Crusaders Football Academy and other courses with Belfast Metropolitan College will open on 25th January 2022.

14th January 2022

Match Preview. Warrenpoint Town v Crusaders. Danske Bank Premiership. Sat 15th Jan


Crusaders are away this week in the Danske Bank Premiership and they travel to Milltown on Saturday to play Warrenpoint Town (3pm) Crusaders have been on a good run since the new year and will of course want to continue that but Warrenpoint who sit at the foot of the table with only two wins but Stephen Baxter will not underestimate the task ahead.

The two sides have already met this season with Crusaders winning 4-2 at Milltown with goals from Johnny McMurray, Adam Lecky, Paul Heatley and Ben Kennedy.

Crusaders go into this game full of confidence and again we wait too see if Stephen Baxter makes any changes to the starting XI. Hopefully the team selection will be easier now the squad comes out of the Covid nightmare and full fitness for everyone has returned or close to it. Stephen could choose the same team that defeated Glenavon 4-0 last Friday night or he may tweak a bit to make sure everyone stays fresh. New signing Jude Winchester will go straight into the squad after meeting his new team mates on Thursday but at best could make the bench as he beds in. Stephen will not take Warrenpoint Town lightly having been given a tough time in the game earlier in the season at Milltown and will set out accordingly. Warrenpoint are struggling in the Premiership currently but Barry Gray has already been active in the January transfer market and could possibly throw his new boys in the mix and hope they can create a shock. Warrenpoint Town  will look to how they pegged Crusaders back when they played in October against them and will use that to build a game plan.

So we go again and we want you with us. Tickets are available at and there will also be a cash gate.  Make your way to Milltown and get behind the team like you have   been doing. The team appreciate your support. Kick off is 3pm. C.mon the Crues. Keep The Faith.

13th January 2022

Jude Winchester Signs For Crusaders


Crusaders are pleased to announce that midfielder Jude Winchester has joined the club on a three and a half year deal. Jude has been ever present in the Irish League having played for Cliftonville and  Ballymena United these past seven seasons after returning from Kilmarnock in Scotland in 2014 buit has moved to North Belfast for a fresh challenge.

Jude has joined his new team mates this evening (Thursday) for his first session in Red and Black and will go straight into the squad if he is deemed fit for the Danske Bank Premiership game away to Warrenpoint Town on Saturday.


12th January 2022

Paul Heatley Signs Contract Extension


Great news from Seaview tonight on learning that Crusaders wizard Paul Heatley has signed a one year extension on his contract to remain a Crusaders player. 

The Crusaders legend has been part of the success at the club for many years and rarely scores a simple goal. We look forward to seeing him in action in the future.


11th January 2022

Tickets For Warrenpoint Town Away Now Available


It has been a great few weeks for Crusaders supporters as the team start to get a run together. Your support has been part of this run and we want you with us on Saturday when we travel to Milltown to play Warrenpoint Town. You can purchase tickets via the link

10th January 2022

Crusaders and Pugman Media In Tie Up


Great to have PugmanMedia onn board at the club to help raise our profile to a new level on social media and the website along with many more exciting projects in the coming months

 9thJanuary 2022

Johnny Tuffey Confirmed As Strikers Manager


Congratulations to our very own goalkeeper Johnny Tuffey who has been confirmed as the Crusaders Strikers permanent manager as they get back to Pre season training ahead of their new season starting.

Johnny was the interim manager for the latter part of the last season and led the team to two Cup Finals of which they lost both narrowly but both parties saw enough to come to the appointment.

Good Luck Johnny in your new role.

8th January 2022

Crusaders Drawn Away In Irish Cup 2nd Round


Crusaders will travel to Co. Fermagh to play Ballinamallard United after todays draw for for the Samuel Gelstons Irish Whiskey Irish draw was nade at the conclusion of the rest of the 1st Round games.

The tie will be played to a finish on Saturday 5th February with kick off at 3pm.

7th January 2022

Crusaders Romp To 4-0 Irish Cup Win


Crusaders tonight went on a goal scoring spree as they dumped fellow Premiership side Glenavon out of the Samuel Gelstons Irish Cup. tWO goals from Paul Heatley and one apiece for Ben Kennedy and Jordan Forsythe saw a happy squad head home with the win after a tough but very good week behind them.

Crusaders started strongly and after a close call from Paul Heatley Jordan Forsythe scored with a long range effoer to put Crusaders ahead.It wasn't until the second half they opened up and Paul Heatley scored his first after pulling down a 70 yard pass before rounding the keeper and walking the ball home. Ben Kennedy then stepped wa sublime touch to make it 3-0 before Paul Heatley got another with a smart run and finish from an angle.


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6th January 2022

Match Preview. Glenavon v Crusaders. Samuel Gelstons Irish Cup. Friday 7th January


It's  Irish Cup duty this weekend as we enter a new competition under a new sponsor. We travel down to Lurgan this Friday night to play Glenavon at Mourneview Park (7.45pm) as we look to go one better than last years semi final which we will not dwell on. Crusaders go into the game off the back of a superb 2-0 North Belfast Derby win over Cliftonville while Glenavon lost 2-0 to the same side on New Years Day.

Crusaders and Glenavon have already met this season with Glenavon winning 1-0 at Mourneview Park in contoversial circumstances when Robbie Weir was sent off in a case of mistaken identity and Glenavon scored late on to win.

Crusaders will be on a high after a great victory on Tuesday night but Stephen Baxter will bring them back down to earth to be ready for this equally big game. Every player who started will be in with a chance to start again as long as they are fit, healthy and ready.  Jarlath O'Rourke could come back into reckoning along with Johnny McMurray but we can only wait and see who gets the nod. Glenavon will of course look at the win a few weeks ago as inspiration for another win but Gary Hamilton knows they will be in a game once the whistle goes. Glenavon have talent all over the park and with ex Crusaders players Matthew Snoddy and Sean Ward in the team Crusaders will know what to expect.

So all set for this big game. We want you with us on this journey and your support is needed. You can buy tickets on the Glenavon website or their will also be a cash gate. Let's get down to Mourneview Park in numbers and get behind the team like you did on Tuesday night. The players and Stephen appreciated it and want to hear it again. Kick off is 7.45pm. C'mon The Crues. Keep The Faith.


5th January 2022

Glenavon Irish Cup Tickets on Sale

After our great performance and win against Cliftonville on Tuesday night why not make your way to Lurgan on Friday night to get behind the lads once again when they play Glenavon in the Samuel Gelstons Irish Cup (7.45pm)

Your support was greatly appreciated by the players at Solitude and we would love to hear and see it all again at Mourneview Park.

Tickets are on sale now at

Follow Crusaders as we go off on another cup run. C'mon The Crues

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5th January 2022 

Johnny Black And Crusaders Part By Mutual Consent


Crusaders Football Club can announce that Johnny Black and the club have agreed to officially terminate Johnnys contract with immediate effect.

Johnny joined the club after returning from Australia and played three times (including one sub).

We would like to wish Johnny all the best for the future and thank him for his efforts while at Crusaders.

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4th January 2022

Superb North Belfast Derby Win For Crusaders


It was a night to savour as Crusaders defeated Cliftonville in their own backyard 2-0 in the Danske Bank Premiership game rearranged from last week due to Covid. Each to a man every player was disciplined and played their role to give the bragging rights to the Shore Road as the "Pride of North Belfast"

Played in snowy and icy conditions both sides took time to adapt to the surface. Both sides had early free kicks that did not create anything and Crusaders defence had to be sharp to stop Cliftonville threatening Johnny Tuffeys goal. Paul Heatley was unlucky when he had a shot blocked on 11 minutes  and Josh Robinson was  also unlucky as he nearly met another free kick. Crusaders then had a let off when Cliftonville had a shot that went past the near post . Johnny Tuffey did well in a "one on one" when he denied the opposition a goal. Both sides traded efforts but Aidan Wilson was the stand out defender covering on several occasions and cutting out  Cliftonville attacks.  Cliftonville did get the ball in the net on 42 minutes but it was ruled offside. Crusaders took the lead two minutes before half time  to send the travelling support wild when great work by Ben Kennedy saw him cross into the six yard box where Declan Caddell brought the ball down and it eventually fell to Paul Heatley who made no mistake from six yards out. Cliftonville tried to hit back immediately but they could not make the breakthrough and it was1-0 Crusaders at the whistle.

Half Time. Cliftonville 0 Crusaders 1

As expected Cliftonville came out fighting but for all their effort could not get past Crusaers defence. Jonny Addis had a header that went wide on 51 minutes and that was followed up by a header that went over by Luke Turner after 60 minutes. Crusaders defence where solid but it was at the other end that the game took another twist. Ross Clarke went on  a run and his fierce shot was saved by Luke McNicholas but it looked like  the keeper put the ball back into play and Ben Kennedy had the easiest of headers to make it 2-0 Crusaders. The visitors  went close again two minutes later but the shot flew across the goal. Cliftonville came at Crusaders but did not trouble Johnny Tuffey. Johnny Addis headed wide again and even when Johnny Tuffey missed a punch he redeemed himself and made two smashing saves to make up for it on 82 minutes. Ross Clarke thought he had put Crusaders 3-0 up but it was ruled offside  and Ben Kennedy had a good shot blocked with only a few minutes left. Cliftonville did everything to get back into the game but Crusaders stood strong and on the referees whistle Crusaders had won 2-0 to send the Red and Black half of North Belfast home very happy.

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3rd January 2022

Match Preview. Cliftonville v Crusaders.  Danske Bank Premiership. Tuesday 4th January.


Crusaders and Cliftonville finally get the chance to play the Boxing Day plus one  Danske Bank Premiership game on Tuesday night after it was called off for Covid reasons last Monday. Crusaders drew on Saturday against Carrick Rangers in their first game back in two weeks while Cliftonville continued their good form with a 2-0 win away to Glenavon. This game is no ordinary game though and a North Belfast Derby generally serves up a frantic and explosive ninety minutes and this will be no different at Solitude when it kicks off at 7.45pm.

The two sides have already met this season and a very late Daniel Kearns goal cancelled out a Jordan Forsythe goal in a 1-1 draw back in September.

Again it will be wait and see for Stephen Baxter as the management tean assess who will be fit to play as players return from Covid. It may be a case of resting some who played on Saturday and playing others who are  just returning. Only the players themselves will know if they are fit and ready and their welfare will be the deciding factor. Jordan Forsythe, Robbie Weir and Billy Joe Burns could be in line to start this game after coming on from the bench on Saturday while Jonny Frazer could be back in the squad after missing out last time. Cliftonville sit second in the Premiership and have only lost twice so far in the league and will of course be looking to extend that. Crusaders will be wary of Ryan Curran who has scored eleven goals so far this season in the league and of course Joe Gormley who can add a goal or two. Cliftonville will also be aware of the threat Crusaders can offer and will set up accordingly.

So all set for this late festive cracker. It is an all ticket game and we ask you arrive as early as possible to keep the flow of supporters through the turnstiles going. Let's see the flags out and everyone wearing red and black. Get behind the team from the start and with your help we can get a result. Kick off is 7.45pm. C'mon the Crues. Keep The Faith.


3rd January 2022

Huge New Year Sale Now On



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2nd January 2022

Important Ticket News Ahead Of Tuesdays Derby. One Day Left To Get a  A Refund

The postponed Danske Bank Premiership North Belfast Derby between Cliftonville and Crusaders originally scheduled for Monday 27th December will now be played on Tuesday 4th January 2022 at 7.45pm

While tickets purchased for the 27th December remain valid, those requiring refunds should follow the information below;

Please email detailing your name, the number of tickets purchased and your ticket number(s) by 7pm on Monday, January 3.

You will also need to supply the last four digits of the card number used to make payment and the expiry date on the card.

Refunds will be processed via our outsourced ticket company. Please note that it may take up to 10 working days for transactions to complete.

Please note, that no further refunds will be made after the above notified times.


2nd January 2022

Next Match



1st January 2022

New Year Starts With A Draw


It was honours shared at Seaview today  between Crusaders and Carrick Rangers  in the Danske Bank Premiership as both sides struggled to get going. Crusaders where of course playing their first match back after a Covid break and it showed as players looked tired and jaded but did well in the circumstances.

The game started brightly and Johnny Tuffey made a good save from Stewart Nixon and  Philip Lowry had a  shot saved by Matthew Skeet. The game never really got going after that with  Chris Hegartys  great block from a David Cushley shot the highlight of the next 20 minutes. Carrick Rangers sensed Crusaders fatigue and went at the defence but wayward shots did not trouble Johnny Tuffey. Paul Heatley had a shot deflected for a corner while an Adam Lecky header did not trouble Matthew Skeet. Crusaders had a let off just before half time when a Carrick Rangers shot just went wide of the post and the half ended 0-0

The second half action did not get any better when Adam Leckys header looped over the bar and a Ross Clarke shot went wide. A triple substitution on the hour was an attempt to get Crusaders going but it was Johnny Tuffey to the rescue again when he got down well to save a Gerard Kelly shot on 72 minutes. The Carrick Rangers defence did well to stop Philip Lowrys run on goal and Matthew Skeet saved well this time from Jarlath O'Rourke. Crusaders did have the ball in the net on 78 minutes when Johnny McMurray finished well but he was judged to have been offside and the goal was chalked off. The same player had a great chance on 83 minutes but he pulled his shot wide . As the game entered time added on Carrick Rangers Ben Tilney was the hero for his club when he cleared Johnny McMurrays shot off the line and  with that the final whistle blew and it ended a frustrating   0-0.

So we gain a point and thoughts turn immediately to Tuesday night and the rearranged North Belfast Derby at Solitude.


31 December 2021

New Year Message From The Chairman


Chairman Ronnie Millar would like to send out a New Years Message to everyone through via the website and media channels.

"On behalf of the Board of Crusaders Football Club I would like to wish all our players, management, staff, volunteers and sponsors a very Happy, Peaceful, Healthy and Prosperous New Year"

"It has been another strange year as we still live in uncertain times due to Covid but hopefully we all can get ourselves through it and move forward . A plus has been we have got supporters back into grounds to watch their team and it looks set to continue into 2022. We can only look after each other and I urge we do that even with a quick phone call to a friend or loved one too see if all is fine with them. Often a call like that means the world and helps keep spirits up"

" To the rest of our Irish League Family can I also wish a Happy New Year and as always it will be a pleasure to welcome you to Seaview as Chairman of this great club in 2022"

"In closing I hope you have a safe and enjoyable evening tonight and the team can get us off to a winning 2022 with three points against Carrick Rangers tomorrow at Seaview. I look forward to seeing you there"


31st December 2021

MatchPreview. Crusaders v Carrick Rangers. Match Preview. Sat 1st Jan


Crusaders finally get back to playing football after another enforced Covid break when Carrick Rangers come to Seaview on New Years Day in the Danske Bank Premiership (3pm) Crusaders will of course be slightly rusty having not played since December 18th while Carrick where beaten on Boxing Day 3-1 by Larne.

Both sides have already met this season back in November with Crusaders winning 2-0 away .Goascorers on the night where Paul Heatley and Ben Kennedy.

Crusaders will assess the squad availability and fitness after two weeks off with a Covid outbreak in the camp. It will be hard to say who will play but Stephen Baxter will pick who he thinks are ready and able. It will be tough for anyone who plays but they will do their best in the circumstances.  Carrick Rangers after a good start had had a bit of a tough run  and their latest defeat in the East Antrim Derby leaves them 9th in the table. Stuart King will keep going though hoping for a return to form and Crusaders will need to be wary of that. Crusaders will come up against ex Crusaders players David Cushley, Aaron Hogg and Lloyd Anderson if they are selected and with Jim Ervin and Mark Surgenor in the team Crusaders could find it tough.

We are back and we want you with us  so make sure you get out on New Years Day to Seaview to make up for not seeing us over Christmas. You can buy tickets at .You can also buy at Harry D's when it is open or at the ticket office before the game. See you Saturday. C'mon the Crues. Keep The Faith.


30th December 2021

Next Game



28th December 2021

North Belfast Derby Rearranged & Ticket Update


The postponed Danske Bank Premiership North Belfast Derby between Cliftonville and Crusaders originally scheduled for Monday 27th December will now be played on Tuesday 4th January 2022 at 7.45pm

While tickets purchased for the 27th December remain valid, those requiring refunds should follow the information below;

Please email detailing your name, the number of tickets purchased and your ticket number(s) by 7pm on Monday, January 3.

You will also need to supply the last four digits of the card number used to make payment and the expiry date on the card.

Refunds will be processed via our outsourced ticket company. Please note that it may take up to 10 working days for transactions to complete.

Please note, that no further refunds will be made after the above notified times.


27th  December 2021

Cliftonville v Crusaders Postponed

The NI Football League can advise supporters that Cliftonville v Crusaders in the Danske Bank Premiership today has been postponed.
The request made in agreement of both competing clubs has been accepted by the NI Football League.
No new date has been set for the reschedule of this fixture.


24th December 2021

Festive message From Our Chairman

Crusaders Chairman Ronnie Millar sends out a festive message to us all.

"On behalf of the Board of Crusaders Football Club I would like to wish everyone a very peaceful and enjoyable Christmas with joyous time spent with loved ones after last years restrictions. We all have a lot of making up to do and I hope you can and will even in the continuing strange times. It can not be overlooked we are going through a tough period again due to the COVID pandemic so please take every precaution you can to keep the vulnerable as safe as possible while spending time together.

I extend the greetings to our management, coaches, players, volunteers  and employees of our club at every level and hope the next few days will be the best it can be for each and everyone of you. Also uppermost in my thoughts as we go into the next few days are loved ones who will sadly be missing from the family table this year due to to their sad passing and I ask that everyone keeps these families in our thoughts and prayers."

"Can I wish our sponsors a Happy Christmas also and thank you for your continued support at this time and finally to the wider football family throughout the Irish League, to all competition sponsors and to NIFL may you also have a good time these coming days."

"Please stay healthy and safe and I do hope we are celebrating three points on Monday evening after beating Cliftonville in the North Belfast Derby. It is always the present I look out for along with all of you and it tops off a great few days of celebration"

C'mon the Crues. Keep The Faith


22nd December 2021

Crusaders v Glenavon Postponed

The NI Football League can advise supporters that Crusaders v Glenavon in the Danske Bank Premiership tonight has been postponed.
The request made in agreement of both competing clubs has been accepted by the NI Football League.
No new date has been set for the reschedule of this fixture.


21st December 2021

Match Preview. Crusaders v Glenavon. Danske Bank Premiership. 22nd December


Crusaders are at home this Wednesday night and the visitors are Glenavon in a game that was first postponed because of a Covid out break. The teams met only a few weeks ago at Mourneview Park with Glenavon winning 1-0 in a controversial game that saw Robbie Weir sent off in a case of mistaken identity and a Declan Caddell goal ruled out for offside. Crusaders will want to finish the year off at Seaview with a home win to set up a good start to the Christmas games. 

Apart from the game on Saturday 6th December this season  Crusaders played Glenavon three times last season winning two and Glenavon  one.

28/11/20 Glenavon 0 Crusaders 1

27/02/21 Crusaders 0 Glenavon 1

16/04/21 Crusaders 6 Glenavon 1

Stephen Baxter will look to field another strong side for this game and he could have the bonus of Ben Kennedy back in the squad. They will want to build on a solid performance by the side on Saturday against Colerine and we could see little change to the starting XI. Glenavon  will want to get back to winning ways after defeat last Friday but Gary Hamilton will look back a few weeks and take the positives from their win over Crusaders and use them again. Crusaders will need to watch Matthew Fitzpatrick, Andy Warerworth while the midfield are also capable to chip in with goals also.

So  we go "head to head" for the second meeting of four in eight weeks with Glenavon and as always we want you there. Tickets are available at or in Harry D's when it's open. You can also purchase up to kick off in the ticket office in the McDonald Centre. Let's see you out and getting behind the lads as we look to keep tight to the top three in the Premiership table. C'mon The Crues. Kep The Faith.


20th December 2021

Next Game




19th December 2021

Club Shop Opening Hours This Week


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17th December 2021

Match Preview. Coleraine v Crusaders. Danske Bank Premiership. 18th December


Crusaders are off on their travels this week and Coleraine is the destination in the latest Danske Bank Premiership game. Crusaders go into the game after a 4-0 win over Dungannon Swifts last Saturday while Coleraine where beaten by Glenavon 1-0 at Mourneview Park last week so differing results heading into this one although Coleraine did win in the League Cup Semi Final during the week.

Crusaders and Coleraine have already met this season with Coleraine winning 2-0  back in October.

Crusaders will have nearly a full squad to choose from as players return from injury and they also enjoy a few weeks that do not involve mid week football. Nothing much should change from the last few weeks with regards to squad selection as Stephen Baxter has a settled team. He could make a few tweaks given the busy Christmas period ahead but it should be far and few between. A win will see Crusaders possibly leap over Larne depending on their result against Linfield on Friday night and that could be the incentive they need ahead of this important game. Coleraine are playing good football and will be hurt by last weeks defeat and Crusaders will be wary of that. Eoin Bradley and James McLoughlin up front continue to be the main threat but there are many more including Matthew Shevlin, Conor McKendry and Steohen O'Donnell that Crusaders need to worry about. Oran Kearney will want to get the Premiership back on track and he knows any result could be crucial to that.

So we go again and we want you with us. It is pay at the gate and the usual prices apply. Follow your team up to Coleraine and we will get the result we need as we head into the Christmas programme. See you there. C'mon the Crues. Keep The Faith.


16th December 2021

Tickets For Boxing Day Now Available To Buy

Tickets are now available to purchase for the Boxing Day North Belfast Derby at s

Solitude between Cliftonville and Crusaders via the following link

You must first register before buying and any problems you can contact the following email address who will deal with any issues

Although we are not selling tickets directly admin staff will be on hand at Seaview and are happy to help any member/ spectator who is having problems purchasing or do not have access to buy (Mon-Fri 10am-2pm)


15th December 2021

Next Game


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13th December 2021

Tyler Murphy Wins Signed Shirt


Congratulations to Tyler Murphy who was the winner of the signed shirt that was donated by WS Mercers as the prize for ballots that where sold with all proceeds going to the Movember campaign. Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket

13th December 2021

Donations From Movember Campaign Handed Out


It was great to have representatives from PIPS, Friends of the Cancer Centre & the North Belfast Mens Shed at Seaview on Saturday to collect their donations from our Movember campaign. We hope the donations go a long way in helping your cause. Thank you to everyone who donated

11th December 2021

Crusaders Put Four Past Swifts 


It was back to winning ways for Crusaders today as they won 4-0 against Dungannon Swifts at Seaview. Crusaders where dominant throughout the 90 minutes and it could have been a bigger scoreline had the chances been taken.

The first 20 minutes very little was created although Ross Clarke did hit the post with a decent effort. On 24 minutes the game came alive when Josh Robinson got on the end of a decent cross and he finished well. Two minutes later it was 2-0 and Ross Clarke doubled the lead with a well hit long distance effort. Two up and cruising Crusaders created chance after chance but had to wait until time added on in the first half to make it comfortable when Ben Kennedy slotted home after a good build up. 

The second half was much of the same but Johnny Tuffey in the Crusaders goal had to make a few smart saves to keep his goal intact. Crusaders went 4-0 on 61 minutes when Ben Kennedy finished a move with ease when he slipped the past Michael Quinn again.  Crusaders in total control dictated play which left Dungannon Swifts chasing shadows and on the whistle it was an empathic win and we look towards next Saturday with a trip to Coleraine.

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10th December 2021

Match Preview. Crusaders v Dungannon Swifts. Danske Bank Premiership. 11th December


Crusaders are at home this weekend in the Danske Bank Premiership and Dungannon Swifts are the visitors.The sides played each other a few weeks ago at Stangmore Park with Crusaders winning  2-0. Crusaders left empty handed last week in the controversial match against Glenavon while Dungannon Swifts had a rare win when they defeated Carrick Rangers 2-1.

The sides met two weeks ago as said above and last year met three times.

21/11/20 Crusaders 3 Dungannon Swifts 1

23/03/21 Dungannon Swifts 2 Crusaders 1

24/04/21 Dungannon Swifts 0 Crusaders 2

Crusaders will have Robbie Weir available after his red card was recinded from last weeks game against Glenavon when the referee realised later he had not booked him before and then showed him a yellow and a red. Philip Lowry could be in contention to start as he builds up his competitive minutes after getting back from injury while Chris Hegarty is set to start beside Josh Robinson again after a great game last week as Aidan Wilson recovers from injury.  There shouldn't be much change at all from last weeks team with Jonny Frazer, Johnny McMurray and Jordan Owens all making do with a place on the bench. Dungannon Swifts will try and take any positives they can see from the 2-0 defeat the last time the sides met and use them on Saturday. Manager Dean Shiels will be overjoyed by last weeks result and will combine all to try and beat Crusaders.

So all set for the game and we want you there getting behind the team. Tickets can be bought at www. or in Harry D's anytime it's open and before the game at the ticket office inside the McDonald Centre.  It will be good too see you and you might even see a man in a red suit who will be giving out presents. C'mon the Crues. Keep The Faith.


4th December 2021

Crusaders Go Down To Late Goal Amid Red Card Fiasco

Crusaders where beaten today at Mourneview Park 1-0 but it will be remembered more for a massive mistake by referee Evan Boyce who gave a second yellow card and then a red to Robbie Weir when he had not shown him a first yellow card earlier in the game. This proved to be the difference in the end when Glenavon scored with 5 minutes to go.

There was not much to talk about in the opening 10 minutes and when Glenavon did eventually get the ball in the net it was ruled offside. Both sides did their best to create openings but neither got into the groove with the half ending with a fine save by Johnny Tuffey.

The second half started like the first but it gradually warmed up  and again neither keeper was tested. The game exploded on 70 minutes when Robbie Weir was sent off for a second bookable offence and his face said it all when the card was shown knowing he had not been given a first yellow before it. He didn't proest and Crusaders played with ten men. Crusaders where the better team with the ten men and Declan Caddell had the ball in the net but it was ruled offside much to the amazement of everyone in red and black. Paul Heatley will be kicking himself for hitting the underside of the bar with a shot after a super counter attack and Crusaders hearts where broken when Matthew Fitzpatrick scored from six yards out. Crusaders nearly got an equaliser in the closing seconds when Paul Heatleys shot was spilled by the keeper but it went the wrong side of the post and Glenavon had won.

Full Report To Follow...

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3rd December 2021

Match Preview. Glenavon v Crusaders. Danske Bank Premiership. 4th December.


Crusaders are on their travels this Saturday and Mourneview Park is the destination to play Glenavon for the first time this Danske Bank Premiership season. Crusaders are off the back of a win against Portadown at Seaview on Tuesday night while Glenavon won away to Dungannon Swifts on the same night.

Crusaders played Glenavon three times last season winning two and Glenavon  one.

28/11/20 Glenavon 0 Crusaders 1

27/02/21 Crusaders 0 Glenavon 1

16/04/21 Crusaders 6 Glenavon 1

Crusaders will have Josh Robinson back in the squad after suspension and he could step back in the centre half role given that Aidan Wilson limped off early on Tuesday night. The rest of the team could pick itself again given the form they are in with midfield having the biggest battle for places with Philip Lowry and Ross Clarke coming back from injury and playing parts of games 1

2nd December 2021

Crusaders Away In Samuel Gelston;s Irish Whiskey Irish Cup


Crusaders will play Glenavon in the Samuel Gelston's  Irish Whiskey Irish Cup at Mourneview Park after the draw was made earlier today.

It is the only "All Premiership' tie of the round and will be played on Saturday 8th January 2022

30th November 2021

Crusaders Back To Winning Ways with 2-0 Win

It was back to business for Crusaders tonight as they defeated a stubborn Portadown 2-0 at a wet and windy Seaview. It was a battle in the first half that Crusaders shaded but the second half Crusaders dominated and got the win.

The first half saw Portadown start strongly and Crusaders where rocked when they lost defender Aidan Wilson to injury after 10 minutes with Chris Hegarty replacing him. Crusaders started to get going and it was rewarded when Paul Heatley controlled a Ben Kennedy ball and shot past Harry Doherty on 21 minutes to make it 1-0. Portadown nearly equalised minutes later when Lee Bonis hit the bar. Both keepers made good stops and both sides missed good chances but it was Crusaders who led at half time.

The second half saw Crusaders with the wind but it was Declan Caddell who went closest with a flicked header that saw Harry Doherty make a great save. Daniel Larmour twice and Billy Joe Burns had headers that missed the target while Adam Lecky shot wide. It was all Crusaders and Harry Doherty made another good save from a Ben Kennedy corner. The Ports keeper could do nothing about Philip Lowrys goal on 84 minutes when he rose superbly to head home with power a Ben Kennedy corner and Crusaders had wrapped the points up when the whistle blew.

Full Report To Follow

29th November 2021

Match Preview. Crusaders v Portadown. Danske Bank Premiership. Tues 30th Nov

We are back at Seaview on Tuesday night in the Danske Bank Premiership when we welcome Portadown to play the latest game in the Premiership season. Crusaders lost on Saturday and will be keen to get going again with three points as they look to stay in the hunt in the top half of the table while Portadown try and pull away from the relegation zone at the other end  after their draw with Larne on Saturday a good start although league position means nothing when these two sides clash.

Crusaders and Portadown have already met this sseason at Seaview back in August Crusaders winning 4-0 with Billy Joe Burns, Paul Heatley, Ben Kennedy and Johnny McMurray all on the scoresheet.

Stephen Baxter will look foran instant reaction to Saturdays defeat and after a hard run of games and the Christmas games ahead he could use the full squad for this one. Paul Heatley returns to the panel after being suspended for Saturdays game and Philip Lowry and Johnny Frazer may start giving a few midfielders a rest who have played so well the last few matches. Johnny McMurray may make way for Jordan Owens while Chris Hegarty and Daniel Larmour could get a chance in defence if Aidan Wilson or Josh Robinson are rested. Whoever plays will be fired up to get the three points and keep in touch with the top of the table. Portadown will be hurt by the late equaliser they conceded in the last few minutes of Saturdays game but they will be full of confidence having earned a draw with Larne. Matthew Tipton will look to the positives in the game and bring it to the team talk ahead of kick off. Ex Crusaders defender Michael Ruddy of course returns to Seaview and will be a big part of the Portadown side while Crusaders will need to be at their best to stop Adam Salley and Lee Bonis who are starting to be a decent combination.

So all set for the the game and of course we want you there. Tickets for non season ticket holders can be bought at or in Harry D's from 11am and also from the ticket office inside the McDonald Centre before the game. Get wrapped up. come down and be part of the game. Stephen and the team apprecaite it. C'monthe Crues. Keep The Faith.

28th November 2021

Club Shop Opening Hours 

We now have a permanent team member who will be in charge of the Club Shop as we head towards Christmas and beyond.

The shop is situated to left of the McDonald Centre main doors as you walk in and will be open the following hours this week.

Monday 10am-3pm

Tuesday 5-10pm

Thursday 5-9pm

Friday 5-9pm

Saturday 11am-6pm

We have lots in stock and it can be viewed, bought and collected via or just call in when open. 

Get family and friends kitted out for Christmas with their favourite club badge and colours.


27th November 2021

Crusaders Lose 2-0 at Ballymena United

It was a bad day at the office for Crusaders as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Ballymena United at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

In a game where they really never got going two second half goals from Jude Winchester and Paul McElroy left Crusaders with nothing but they did have chances that should have been taken. 

Both sides at least tried to play football in poor conditions and Johnny Tuffey made a good stop early in the game. Crusaders had a few chances to open the scoring but didn't through a combination of poor finishing and no luck. 

Crusaders changed shape the second half and Jordan Forsythe went close but just missed getting his head on a corner. Ben Kennedy could not finsih and within 15 seconds Ballymena United went ahead with Jude Winchester scoring a volley at the back post just before the hour.  Crusaders tried to hit back but the home defence stayed strong and as the final seconds ticked by Ballymena United made sure of the win with a second counter attack goal from Paul McElroy.

Full Report To Follow

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26th November 2021

Match Preview. Ballymena United v Crusaders. Danske Bank Premiership. 27th Nov

The games keep coming for Crusaders and they are off up the M2 this week to play Ballymena United at the Ballymena Showgrounds (3pm) Crusaders hit back from last weeks defeat with a 2-0 win in Dungannon on Tuesday night while Ballymena United topsy turvy season continued with a 1-0 defeat by Carrick Rangers last week.

Crusaders and Ballymena Utd have already met twice this season in two different competitions with a win apiece.

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Crusaders are in great form at the minute and Stephen Baxter will try and keep as close to  the starting XI that has taken the field the last few weeks. The back four in front of Johnny Tuffey have been excellent so we can expect Billy Joe Burns, Josh Robinson, Aidan Wilson and Jarlath O'Rourke  to start again unless injury forces a change. The midfield  have played their part but Philip Lowry is pushing to get into the starting line up and may get his chance. Up front Adam Lecky scored on Tuesday night and will be in line to start against former club. Ballymena Utd will look to their recent win against Crusaders at Seaview last month as inspiration to do it again on Saturday. David Jeffrey has been on record about how his side deserve more luck than they have had this season and Crusaders will need to be wary of that happening. Ross Redman will be a big loss after getting sent off last week but that will only give another squad member the chance to stake his claim in the team.  Dougie Wilson will be a tough act to get by and Jordan Williamson in nets has been MOTM both times we have played United this season with exceptional performances. Up front Jonte Smith is the main threat with Ryan Waide and Leroy Millar also ones to watch.

The game kicks off at 3pm and it is an all ticket game. Tickets can be bought at

So get up to Ballymena,follow your team and get right behind them. The busy Christmas period is around the corner and we are in the mix. You with us will make it all the better. C'mon the Crues. Keep The Faith.

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26th November 2021

Condolences To Joe English

Chairman Ronnie Millar on behalf of everyone at Crusaders Football Club would like to pass on sincere sympathies and condolences to life long supporter Joe English and family on the sudden passing of his son Graham. 

Ronnie asks that you keep Joe and his family in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days and weeks.

At Rest


24th November 2021

Ballymena Utd Away All Ticket


Crusaders are next away this Saturday to Ballymena United and the game has been deemed "all ticket" by the home club.

Tickets can be purchased via the following link below and there will not be a cash gate on the day.

Make sure you log on and purchase your ticket before making the journey to the game.


23rd November 2021

Crusaders Back To Winning Ways With 2-0 Away Win


Crusaders got back on the winning track tonight with a 2-0 victory over Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park. In a solid first half display goals from Adam Lecky (18 mins) and Declan Caddell (43 mins) gave them a good footing and as predicted Dungannon Swifts came out the second half and threw everything at the Crusaders defence but they stood firm and bar one save that Johnny Tuffey had to make they never really threatened at all.

On the whistle Crusaders had the points in the bag and headed back down the M1 in good form looking towards Saturday and another away day to play Ballymena Utd.

Full Report To Follow...


22nd November 2021

Match Preview. Dungannon Swifts v Crusaders. Danske Bank Premiership. Tues 23rd Nov


The games keep on coming for Crusaders as they catch up on games postponed from a few weeks ago when Covid took hold in the camp. On Tuesday evening we head off down the M1 to Stangmore Park Dungannon to play Dungannon Swifts a side buoyed by a win on Saturday as Crusaders look to bounce back from defeat to Glentoran last time out.

Crusaders and Dungannon Swifts meet for the first time this season but last year the sides met three times with Crusaders winning two and Dungannon Swifts once.

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It has been a tough week for Crusaders and with yet another hard game on Tuesday night Stephen may take the opportunity to use his squad strength and rest or play key players. Substitues that have come on during the last week could get a starting position and that will be good news for Daniel Larmour, Ross Clarke and Philip Lowry who have fought back after injury this while back and will get the chance again. Jonny Frazer and Robbie Weir have also sat patiently for their chance again and this could be rewarded with Chris Hegarty ready to step in for a fellow defender if called on. Brandon Doyle has returned to training but this game may be  to soon to return but we wait too see. Dungannon Swifts will have enjoyed their win on Saturday against Portadown with Ryan Mayse and Joe McCready both being the star men. Dean Shiels will have been pleased with their resilience to dig the result out and Crusaders will need to be ready to fight that once again.

So let's see you head down to Dungannon on Tuesday night and give your support once again to Stephen and the team. Admission is £12 & £8 payable at the gate.  See you there. C'mon the Crues. Keep The Faith.


20th November 2021

Crusaders Undone By Free Kick As Glentoran Win


Crusaders suffered defeat at Seaview today when a Hrvoje Plum free kick with 12 minutes left split the difference between the sides and Glentoran left with three points.

In a cagey affair both sides could not find a rhythm and when they did both goalkeepers where in good form. Aaron McCarey  was the busier of the two shot stoppers and was on hand to stop Paul Heatley and Ben Kennedy.

The second half started to open up and Glentorans defence did well as Ben Kennedy and Billy Joe Burns continually bombarded them but they stood strong. On 78 minutes a needless free kick was given away 22 yards out and it was Hvroje Plum who put it over the wall and past Johnny Tuffey to put Glentoran ahead. Crusaders tried desperately to get back into the game but could not find a way and the visitors won as the referee blew the whistle.


Full Report To Follow. 


19th November 2021

Match Preview. Crusaders v Glentoran. Danske Bank Premiership. Sat 20th Nov


Another Saturday and another Belfast Derby and on this occasion Glentoran visit Seaview (3pm) Crusaders are on a good run with one defeat in five games and Stephen Baxters side are playing good football with it. Glentoran are unbeaten in five and sit only two points ahead in the Danske Bank Premiership table but Crusaders do have two games in hand.

Crusaders and Glentoran have already met this season with Crusaders winning the game in style 3-0 back in September. Goals from Adam Lecky, Ben Kennedy and Aidan Wilson sealed the win.

It could be a case of "as you where" for Crusaders if everyone reports fit and well on Saturday. The good form the team are in suggests little needs done to the starting XI but tired legs and niggles could come into the reckoning with another two games next week.


18th November 2021

Movember 2021


Crusaders FC are raising funds for 3 local charities who support men’s mental and physical health in Northern Ireland. Players are taking part in Movember

Read more here


18th November 2021

Match Tickets available NOW at & Harry D's


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18th November 2021

Ben Kennedy Signs Contract Extension

Crusaders are delighted to announce that Ben Kennedy has committed his future to Crusaders Football Club agreeing a new 3 1/2 year deal.

Ben is loving life at Seaview having made the decision to return home from Stevenage in August 2020.

Stephen Baxter on sealing the deal said "Ben is in great form and this news will be a huge boost to our supporters and the team. He is a great character to have around the dressing room and it's great to see how settled he is at Seaview"

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16th November 2021

Crusaders Continue Good Form With 2-0 Win


Crusaders continued their good form tonight when two goals in the second half saw them beat Carrick Rangers at the Loughview Leisure Arena in the Danske Bank Premiership. it was the same double act from Saturday who sealed the points with Paul Heatley and Ben Kennedy both on on target again.

Crusaders started as they finished off on Saturday and forced early corners but they could not get the goal they deserved. Johnny McMurray missed a good chance when his shot when wide of Aaron Hoggs post and Ben Kennedy hit his shot straight at Aaron Hogg after a good build up. Carrick went close with a shot from Kurtis Forsythe and Paul Heatley responded with a shot of his own that also went wide just after the half hour. Crusaders had a let off on 33 minutes when David Cushley ran on to a great pass but somehow he put the ball wide much to the relief of everyone wearing red and black. It was David Cushley again who who nearly put the home side ahead but his long range shot was well saved by Johnny Tuffey and it was the ex Crusaders player again who had a sight off goal but it went over and the half ended 0-0

The second half took time to settle and it was stop start as both sides looked to take command. Crusaders had an appeal for a penalty turned down after Paul Heatley went down under the challenge of Jim Ervin but they eventually broke Carrick Rangers down and the goal finally came on 69 minutes. Adam Lecky flicked on an Aidan Wilson ball and Paul Heatley nipped in, held off Jim Ervin and slotted home. Six minutes later it was 2-0 Crusaders. Ben Kennedy won the ball in the air and gathered his footing quickly to lob Aaron Hogg who was on his way out. Crusaders kept going and nearly added a third before the nend but Ross Clarkes shot was scrambled for a corner and from the corner Aidan Wilson managed to head the ball down and over the bar. With no further action Crusaders had won 2-0, their fourth win in five games, and they closed the gap in the Danske Bank Premiership table.

15th November 2021

Match Preview. Carrick Rangers v Crusaders. Danske Bank Premiership. Tues 16th Nov


Crusaders are away on Tuesday night but it is only a short trip to Carrick to play Carrick Rangers  at the Loughview Leisure Arena (7.45pm) Fresh from the win on Saturday Crusaders will be buzzing ahead of this one while Carrick Rangers fought back to draw against Portadown with an injury time goal.

Crusaders and Carrick Rangers have not met this season yet in a competitive game but did meet pre season with Carrick Rangers winning 4-1. They did meet 3 times last season with both winning one each and drawing the other.

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Crusaders will do a head count at training on Monday night as Stephen Baxter admitted on CruesTV several players had knocks and decisons will be made on them. We will see a few tweaks and Ross Clarke, Philip Lowry and Robbie Weir could start this one giving others a chance to rest after Saturdays game. Carrick Rangers could start David Cushley in this game after he returned from injury against Portadown and Crusaders will be aware of the goal scoring threat Carrick Rangers have through Jordan Gibson and Alex Gawne .

So all set for Tuesdays game and we want you with us. It is a cash gate and admission prices are the usual £12 and £8. So get yourself down and get behind the team again like you always do. The lads appreciate your support. C'mon the Crues. Keep The Faith.

13th November 2021

Crusaders Superb As They Beat Linfield


In what was the best game of the Danske Bank Premiership season to date Crusaders outclassed, outplayed and out fought the current Irish League Champions Linfield to win 2-1 in front of a sold out Seaview. Stephen Baxters side played some sublime football and a goal from Ben Kennedy six minutes from time made the difference and a well deserved win.

Both sides went at from the start and it proved to be the start of 90 minutes of entertainment. It was Linfield who made the breakthrough when Christy Manzinga scored a few minutes before half time to send Linfield in at the break in the lead but Crusaders came out the second half and earned a penalty which Ben Kennedy missed. This did not put Crusaders off and they got back on level terms on 51 minutes when Paul Heatley cooly slotted home. It was end to end stuff but Chris Johns was the busier of the two keepers and Crusaders persistence was rewarded when Ben Kennedy scored a delightful goal that eventually won the game and sent the Seaview faithful home extremely happy with the result and performance

Full Report To Follow...

12th November 2021

Match Preview. Crusaders v Linfield. Danske Bank Premiership. Sat 12th Nov


It's a big game on Saturday and we have the visit of champions Linfield to Seaview (3pm) in a game that is expected to be a sell out. Crusaders will look to bounce back from a hard defeat  to take against Larne last Friday night while Linfield wher rocked when eliminated from the League Cup on Tuesday at the hands of Ballymena Utd and they to will want to get back at it.

Crusaders and Linfield have already met once this season 

11th November 2021

Paul Heatleys Poker Night This Saturday


Have you bought your ticket for Saturdays game yet?

Tickets are selling fast and we encourage everyone to purchase as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Remember season ticket holders do not need another ticket.

Tickets available in Harry D's Bar when open

Linfield Fans located in Fonacab Stand (sold out) and South Stand (only adult tickets available as all concession sold out)

It's going to be a cracker so.don't miss out

8th November 2021

Paul Heatleys Poker Night This Saturday


We are just a few days away from Paul Heatleys next testimonial event and we want as many people there as possible.It's Pauls Poker night on Saturday night upstairs in the McDonald Centre and if you fancy your chances of winning some decent money come along and get yourself on a table. The action starts at 7pm

See you there

5th November 2021

Crusaders v Glenavon Rearranged

The Danske Bank Premiership game between Crusaders and Glenavon scheduled for Seaview on Tuesday 21st December has now been moved back 24 hours to Wednesday 22nd December (7.45pm) after agreement between both clubs.

5th November 2021

Crusaders Lose 1-0 To Larne

Crusaders lost to Larne tonight 1-0 at Inver Park in a game that could have gone either way . In a great game to watch for the neutral a 77th minute goal by Lee Lynch finally proved to be the difference. Crusaders has their chances especially in the first and if they had won no one would have argued either but it was not to be.

4th November 2021

Match Preview. Larne v Crusaders. Danske Bank Premiership.

Friday night football awaits Crusaders this week in the Danske Bank Premiership as they travel to Inver Park to play Larne (7.45pm) 

Beaten in the Co.Antrim Shield on Tuesday night it will be a completely different side that will take the field against their Premiership opponents. Larne. Crusaders currently sit in sixth place in the table with three games in hand over leaders Cliftonville while Larne sit in fourth place five points ahead of Crusaders but again Crusaders have three games on hand on them also.

The sides have already met once this season with Crusaders winning    1-0 at Seaview thanks to a goal from Adam Lecky

Crusaders will look to continue their decent league form and we will see wholesale changes as regulars return who where rested on Tuesday night. The back four will look completely different as Jarlath O'Rourke, Billy Joe Burns and Josh Robinson could all come back in with Aidan Wilson and Chris Hegarty both playing well against the Comrades and could keeep their place. Midfield will see Paul Heatley, Declan Caddell and  Ben Kennedy for exampleall back in contention while up front Adam Lecky, Johnny McMurray and Jordan Owens all wait too see who starts. Larne have only won once in their last four Premieship games and manager Tiernan Lynch will want a response. Larne have spent big this season and we will see Davy McDaid, John Herron, ex Crusaders players Andy Mitchell and Ronan Hale along with Jeff Hughes and Mark Randall all ready to take Crusaders on and erase the 1-0 defeat earlier in the season.

A big game then for both teams and we want you there. It is an all ticket game and their will not be a cash gate on the night. Tickets can be bought via the link below. Get the red and black and head to Larne to get behind your team. Let them know you are there and are right behind them  from the start. Kepp The Faith. C'mon the Crues.[0]=AT1LBlTrYXv140gm6zaR9TLfSGS20VE0mq0owH4G7K_eiqel7cbqQuS_REW-VDIZLAnLb-iT41AmIh3q2OfOMAp6fhdND6YcsNuuENN6otdyORvrzs_mRjLlBYHApxyQ_06aR4huJXwwoHbYbdlTtL0uoKQd06YF24vytg9g7REXar0E0WnlaTCszGuRc0RmpVuexiU

4th November 2021

Condolences To The Marshall Family

Crusaders Football Club where saddened to hear of the passing of lifetime supporter Billy Marshall on Tuesday.

Billy was a well known face at Seaview over many many years and he was not only a supporter but actually coached at the club in 1967 which was the year we won the Irish Cup for the first time. Billy has also in the past helped the club especially during building works by organising the use of the car park at Seaview Presbyterian opposite Seaview to accommodate players and officials cars and this was never forgotten but to Billy he was just helping his club out like he would do. Such was his love for Crusaders Billy will be buried wearing his beloved Red and Black scarf.

On behalf of everyone at the Club Chairman Ronnie Millar wishes to pass on his deepest condolences to Billys family and asks that we keep them all in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days and weeks.

Billy will be buried from Seaview Presbyterian Church opposite Seaview at 9am on Saturday morning.

At Rest

3rd November 2021

Christmas Party Nights At Seaview In December

With Christmas fast approaching why not enjoy a Christmas Party at Seaview in December. We have two Saturday nights planned where you can organise family, friends or work colleagues to come down and enjoy a three course meal before partying the night  away into the wee small hours with a DJ throwing the tunes out so you can dance the night away.You can choose Saturday 11th December or Saturday 18th December and all for a "cracker" £19.95 per person.


The nights are expected to fill up fast so book your tickets quickly by going to 

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2nd November 2021

Tickets On Sale For Next  Three Games

It's a busy month for Crusaders in the Danske Bank Premiership and tickets are now available to purchase for three of them.

Fridays nights game is agianst Larne  at Inver Park and tickets can be purchased online via the following link.  This an all ticket game and there will not be a cash gate on the night. Simply click on the link and when ordering your ticket click on a seat you want to progress your purchase.

Tickets are also now on sale for Crusaders next two home games against Linfield (13th November) and Glentoran (20th November)  Season ticket holders do not need to purchase another ticket for tese home games and home supporters will be in the usual Main Stand, Harry Corry Stand and North Terracing. Just go to and buy.


2nd November 2021

Crusaders Out Of Shield In Penalty Shoot Out

Crusaders bowed out of the Co. Antrim Shield tonight when they where beaten 6-5 on penalties after it ended 2-2 after 90 minutes.

Crusaders found themselves two down after six minutes when Joe Tully finished a Comrades move on 3 minutes and and OG which possibly hit Jordan Owens after 6 minutes found Crusaders chasing the game. They found a footing but could not turn the possession into goals and at half time there was probably strong words in the visiting dressing as Crusaders came out fighting. They found a stroke of luck when they where awarded a penalty on 52 minutes when Aidan Wilson was on the wrong end of a kick and Jordan Forsythe stroke home the penalty. It was 2-2 a few minutes later when Jordan Forsythe got on the scoresheet again when he powerfully headed home Joel Thompsons corner. Crusaders could have won the game several times in b=normal time but it just wasn't to be and the game went to pemalties.

Jordan Forsythe missed the opening penalty kick but the Crusaders where level again as Ballyclare Comtades missed their second. The sides converted the regular kicks and it when it went to sudden death Jonny Frazer put his penalty away nd Ballyclare Comrades did as well. Joel Thompson who had a smashing game then stepped up but his kick was saved leaving Ballyclare Comrades to step up and score the winning kick to send his teammates into the semi final 6-5 on penalties.

A tough way to go out but Crusaders have experienced this and will bounce back on Friday night

Full Report To Follow

1st November 2021

Match Preview. Ballyclare Comrades v Crusaders. Co. Antrim Shield Quarter Final

It is a change of competition on Tuesday night for Crusaders as they make the short journey to Dixon Park to play Ballyclare Comrades in the Co. Antrim Shield Quarter Final (7.45pm) It throws up a few interesting "head to heads" with ex Crusaders players Craig McClean now in the Conrades back room staff and Howard Beverland now in the heart of the Comrades defence.

Crusaders will likely rest a few players to the bench or even out of the squad completely as they all get back to full fitness and up to match speed again after an enforced lay off. A good win on Saturday against Warrenpoint Town has been the perfect build  up but Stephen Baxter will know that this game will bring a new set of challenges. We could see Jordan Owens, Ross Clarke, Jonny Frazer, Chris Hegarty and Robbie Weir come into contention to start this game and possibly Johnny Black, Lewis Patterson andLewis Barr being called up as well. The full squads strength will be utilised as we look towards a busy November but the most important message will be to get through this game and win to progress to the semi finals.

Ballyclare Comrades have been playing well in the Championship to date but a 3-0 defeat at home last Saturday by Loughgall will leave manager Paul Harbinson with a few selection headaches before the game starts. His young side will be looking forward to this and they will be eager to put on a good show against Premiership opposition and the chance of a big scalp will keep them on their toes. Howard Beverland could return from suspension for this one and will be up for playing against his old club while we could also be up against another ex Crusaders player in Tom Mathieson. Craig McClean will do his part in trying to overcome Crusaders also and he will know the mindset of the team he played for with distinction for so many years. 

The game has a 7.45pm kick off at Dixon Park and admission is £10 Adult and £7 Concession payable at the gate. The game will be played to a finish and the winner will find out quite quickly who they will play in the Semi Final as the draw will be made straight after the game finishes. 

All we need now is you coming to the game and getting behind your team from the start. Let the lads know you are with them from the start and. Keep The Faith. C'mon The Crues.

30th October 2021

Crusaders Back And On Winning Trail

Crusaders where in great form today at Milltown and a 4-2 victory was a great reward for a side that never stopped and deserved the points at the end.

Crusaders controlled large parts of the game and they went ahead when Johnny McMurray finished well after Paul Heatleys shot was blocked. It was 2-0 Crusaders soon after when Adam Lecky glanced home a header from Jordan Forsythes cross. Warrenpoint Town pulled a goal back when they scored a controversial penalty after Lee Tavinder awarded the kick for a handball by Aidan Wilson that actually hit his ribs. 

Warrenpoint Town came out of the blocks in the second half and hit Crusaders hard and they got an equaliser when Alan O'Sullivan scored. This woke Crusaders up and Paul Heatleys finished delightfully to make it 3-2 and Ben Kennedy completed the goalscoring with a well taken goal to leave it 4-2 at the finish.

Full Report To Follow...

29th October 2021

Match Preview. Warrenpoint Town v Crusaders Danske Bank Premiership

Crusaders finally get back to action after an enforced 2 week lay off due to a Covid out break in the squad but they are ready to throw themselves back into Danske Bank Premiership action when they travel to Milltown to play Warrenpoint Town (3pm) The y last played on on Wednesday 13th when they lost dramacically to Ballymena in the League Cup while Warrenpoint Town play away but have found liife tough in the Premiership this season with only one win in nine games.

Crusaders and Warrenpoint Town met three times last season with Crusaders winning two and Warrenpoint one

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Stephen will hopefully have the majority of the team back to choose from and it will be hard to predict who will start. Philip Lowry and Gary Thompson look set to miss out again with long standing injuries and Jack Patterson and Joel Thompson are also missing from the panel as they are on International duty. Crusaders will look to get back to winning ways and start to climb the table again as we head towards the busy Christmas schedule. Warrenpoint Town sit at the bottom of the table with three points but Crusaders will not underestimate them especially at Milltown where they can produce great displays and certainly put pressure on visiting teams.  Barry Gray knows that one win could set their season up and that will be the message as we head to 3pm Saturday.


29th October 2021

Darren Murphy Takes On New Role At Club  As New Head Of Academy

Crusaders FC are delighted to confirm that Darren Murphy has been appointed as Head of Academy on a 3 year deal.

Darren will combine his current role as First Team Coach with his new role and will work full time at the football club.

As a Pro-license coach Darren has a wealth of experience that he will bring to the role and everyone at Crusaders are looking forward to working alongside Darren as we embark on the next stage of our clubs progression.

It's exciting times for Crusaders FC with a new Football Academy in partnership with Belfast Metropolitan College on the horizon. Darren will use all his experience as he embarks on his new full time role which will see him oversee the set up and embed the full time football academy at Seaview Stadium.

Darren will work alongside Nathan Hanley for a smooth handover over the coming weeks.


28th October 2021

Nathan Hanley To Leave Post At Crusaders

It is with regret that Crusaders FC announce that Head of Youth Development Nathan Hanley has tendered his notice to the club and will take up a role as Soccer Academies Manager in Northern Ireland for Rangers FC.

Nathan, who also served the club as a player a few years ago, will stay in his position at Crusaders until a suitable replacement is found.

We would like to thank Nathan for everything he has done for the Academy and wish him well for the future


27th  October 2021

Buy Tickets OnlIne For Warrenpoint Town Game This Saturday

Tickets for Saturdays Danske Bank Premiership game can now be bought via the link below. This game is an "all ticket" game and no cash gates will be in operation.

Make sure you get you ticket and follow the lads to Warrenpoint this Saturday and get behind them after a tough few weeks for everyone.


26th October 2021

Revised Dates For Postponed Games 

As we come out of a period of Covid at the club the postponed games have all been rearranged and the dates are as follows...

Tuesday 2nd November

Ballyclare Comrades v Crusaders 

Dixon Park Co Antrim Shield Q/Final


Tuesday 16th November

Carrick Rangers v Crusaders

Loughshore Arena

Danske Bank Premiership


Tuesday 23rd November 

Dungannon Swifts v Crusaders

Stangmore Park

Danske Bank Premiership


Tuesday 21st December

Crusaders v Glenavon


Danske Bank Premiership



25 October 2021

Crusaders U20's Stay Top Of The Table

Following the defeat in the Steel & Sons Cup on Saturday Crusaders U20's got back to winning ways on Monday night with a dramatic 4-3 win over Glenavon U20's.

Trailing 3-1 Crusaders U20's fought back and it was James Holland who popped in the 90th minute with a late winner. James actually scored twice with the other goals from Noah Stewart and Sam Morrow.

It leaves the young side top of the Premiership Development League with six wins and four draws to date.

Next up they play Warrenpoint U20's at Seaview on Saturday morning at 11am so why not make it a double and watch the young lads first before heading to Milltown to watch the senior side.


23rd October 2021

Dungannon Swifts v Crusaders. Danske Bank Premiership. Date Moved

Following agreement between both clubs Tuesday nights ( 26th October) Danske Bank Premiership game between Dungannon Swifts and Crusaders will now take place on Tuesday 23rd November at Stangmore Park (7.45pm)


22nd October 2021

Crusaders U20's In Steel & Sons Cup Action On Saturday

If you are still looking a Red & Black  football fix on Saturday the impressive Crusaders U20's are playing in Steel & Sons Cup. They travel to Mid Ulster League side Crewe United in Glenavy and the action starts at 2pm and played to a finish.

They would really appreciate your support and the winners travel to Bangor on Wednesday night away.


22nd October 2021

Crusaders v Glenavon. Danske Bank Premiership OFF & Paul Heatley Testimonial Lunch OFF

Saturdays Danske Bank Premiership game between Crusaders and Glenavon (Sat 23rd Oct) has been postponed under Article 3 NIFL Covid19 Case Policy.

No new date has been set as yet for this fixture.

With the cancellation of the game it also  means  the Paul Heatley Testimonial Lunch has been  reluctantly postponed.

We will keep you informed when a new date has been arranged.

Any queries email

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20th October 2021

New Date Set For Shield  Quarter Final Tie

The postponed Co. Antrim Shield Quarter Final between Ballyclare Comrades and Crusaders will now be played on Tuesday 2nd November (7.45pm)

18th October 2021

Crusaders Receive Bye In TOALSBet.Com Steel & Sons Cup

The Steel & Sons Cup Committee met this evening (18 October) and can advise that in accordance with Rule 8B of the Steel & Sons Cup Competition Rules, St James Swifts have been dismissed from the Competition.


Crusaders Reserves receive a BYE to Round 4 where they will face Crewe United on Saturday 23rd October.


The Quarter Final tie between Bangor FC and Crewe United/Crusaders Reserves will take place on Wednesday 27 October, 7.45pm KO. 

18th October 2021

Ballyclare Comrades v Crusaders Postponed

The Co Antrim & District Football Association can confirm that the ToalsBet.Com Co Antrim Shield fixture between Ballyclare Comrades FC & Crusaders FC which was scheduled for Tuesday 19th October has been postponed following a request from both Clubs.

A new date will be confirmed in due course.


15th October 2021

Carrick Rangers v Crusaders. Danske Bank Premiershipp OFF

The Danske Bank Premiership game btween Carrick Rangers and Crusaders scheduled for Saturday 16th October (3pm) has been postponed.

No new date has been arranged as yet,

Crusaders next game is on Tuesday 19th October when Crusaders travel to Ballyclare Comrades in the Co.Antrim Shiels Quarter Final (7.45pm)

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14th October2021

Good Luck To Crusaders Strikers In Irish Cup Final

On behalf of everyone at Crusaders FC we would like to wish Crusaders Strikers all the very best as they play in the Electric Ireland Womens Challenge Cup Final on Friday evening (15th October) against Glentoran Women at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park (7.45pm)

The Strikers where narrowly beaten on penalties in the League Cup Final last Saturday night by the same opponents and they will take strength from that performance going into their second cup final in a week.  Johnny Tuffey and his back room staff have worked hard this week in preparation for the  game and will be ready to go into battle once again.

Tickets for the game can be bought for the game at or you can watch the game via the Irish FA You Tube channel and Facebook page.

C'mon The Strikers. 


13th October2021

Crusaders Bow Out Of League Cup in Dramatic Finale

Crusaders are out of the League Cup after a goal in the 120th minute of the game by Jonte Smith saw Ballymena United win 3-2. It had been a topsy turvy game that Crusaders had come back twice in but the last gasp winner for the visitors left it to late to come back again.

With little happening in the opening minutes Ballymena United took the lead on 6 minutes when Jonte Smith headed in a Ross Redman free kick. Crusaders finally got into the game but found Jordan Williamson in fine form and it took until the 40th minute to get by him when Ben Kennedys shot took a deflection and went in to make it 1-1 at half time. The second half Crusaders came out fighting but still couldn't get the breakthrough and even when they did the referee ruled out a perfectly good goal by Jordan Owens for an apparent foul on Williamson that nobody else saw. 

90 minutes could not seperate the sides and it went to extra time and on the stroke of the first period ending Ballymena United took the lead again when Daniel Bramall scored a wonder goal when he hit a bullet shot from 30 yards that flew past Johnny Tuffey. Crusaders fought back again and Jordan Owens equalised on 113 minutes with a back post header and it was 2-2. Ballymena United where not finished and as they attacjked with seconds remaining Jonte Smith was the hero for them when he headed his second of the game into the net and Ballymena United where through,


12th October 2021

Match Preview. Crusaders v Ballymena Utd. League Cup 3rd Round

Crusaders and Ballymena Utd meet at Seaview on Wednesday night (7.45pm) for the second time in five days only this time it is in the League Cup. Saturdays result will be forgotten and both sides will reset and start  again as both look to progress in a cup knock out competition. Crusaders have reached this stage of the competition by beating Moyola Park 5-0 while Ballymena Utd defeated Annagh Utd 4-2.

Crusaders and Ballymena met three times last season with Crusaders winning all three and of course Crusaders won in the game played last Saturday

07/11/20 Ballymena Utd  1 Crusaders 4

20/02/21 Crusaders 2 Ballymena Utd 1

02/04/21 Ballymena Utd 0 Crusaders 1

09/10/21 Ballymena Utd 0 Crusaders 1 

Stephen may give a few players who started on the bench Saturday a starting spot and draft in a few of the younger players as he rests a few who maybe have knocks. We could see Ross Clarke and Declan Caddell feature then but we will too see who takes the field for kick off. Ballymena Utd will assess any knocks etc also and manager David Jeffrey will want too see his side continue the way they left off on Saturday when they raised their game and had a go at Crusaders looking for a late equaliser. Both sides will want too see the game out in 90 minutes so expect fireworks throughout the game. 

Tickets can be bought right up to kick off from the ticket office inside the McDonald Centre or you can buy in Harry D's anytime tomorrow or online at

Let's see you out at Seaview with the colours on getting behind your team. C'mon the Crues. Keep The Faith.


12th October2021

Programme v Ballymena Utd Bet McLean League Cup

Programme vs Ballymena United

In Wednesday night's packed issue there is an interview with Striker's midfielder Danielle McDowell ahead of Friday's Challenge Cup Final, Joe Thompson reflects on another famous 1-0 victory for the Crues while Barry McDevitte goes behind the scenes of Sky Sports broadcast of last weeks game with Coleraine.

This week's poster is goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey while all the regular features appear along with all the news and stats from around Seaview for the usual cover price of £2.50


9th October 2021

Crusaders Strikers  Beaten On Penalty Kicks In League Cup Final

Crusaders Strikers tonight cruelly lost  out on penalty kicks to Glentoran Women at Seaview in the final of the Co. Antrim FA League Cup Final.

Crusaders Strikers came from a goal behind to lead 2-1 going into time added on when Glentoran Women scored an equaliser in the 91st minute to make it 2-2 and the game into extra time. The two sides could not be seperated in the 20 minutes that then followed and it all came down to the lottery of kicks from the spot. Unfortunately it was not to be and it was Glentoran who went on to win 4-3 on penalties and the trophy headed to East Belfast. 

Crusaders Strikers can make up for the disappointment of this defeat though when they play Glentoran Women this Friday night in the IFA Irish Cup Final.


9th October2021

Crusaders Back To Winning Ways

Crusaders got back to winning today when they defeated Ballymena United 1-0 at the Ballymena Showgrounds. A goal from Jarlath O'Rourke made the difference in a game that they made hard work of but did enough for the points.

Crusaders started well and where rewarded in the 13th minute when Jarlath O'Rourke scored at the back post anfter a good Crusaders move. Crusaders continued to control the game and only for several good stops  by Jordan Williamson in the United net Crusaders would have been further ahead. Johnny Tuffey was raely troubled as the half ended.

The second half saw Ballymena United have a go at Crusaders but the defence stayed strong and kept Ubited attacks short. Crusaders though did have a big let off with minutes left when Ballymena United the bar with a strong header  but it bounced down and away.

Full Report To Follow......


8th October2021

Match Preview. Ballymena Utd v Crusaders. Danske Bank Premiership

Crusaders are away this Saturday and they go to Ballymena to play an underforming Ballymena Utd (3pm) The team will be looking to bounce back from a poor showing on Monday night when they where beaten 2-0 by Coleraine while Ballymena will be looking for a much needed win ater only a single win so far this season. Crusaders currently sit in seventh position in the Danske Bank Premiership table while Ballymena United sit in ninth six points behind.


Crusaders and Ballymena met three times last season with Crusaders winning all three.

07/11/20 Ballymena Utd  1 Crusaders 4

20/02/21 Crusaders 2 Ballymena Utd 1

02/04/21 Ballymena Utd 0 Crusaders 1

Stephen Baxter may make a few tweaks to the starting XI for this gameas he rests players and brings players back in. Ross Clarke made a welcome return after injury on Monday night as sub and could be in contention to start while Johnny Black could be included as he continues to regain match fitness. Ballymena Utd will be hoping for a change of fortune as the team find it tough in the Premiership so far but David Jeffreys will continue to plug away. It's a massive game for both sides aspirations of the season so a cracking game is set up

6th October 2021

Crusaders 200 Club Draws 

Due to unforseen circumstances we have been unable to make the 200 Club draw for a few months but we are now in a position to do so and the winners of the last four months are as follows

June Draw

1st Prize   Doreen Montgomery         No. 028   £207.50

2nd Prize   Charlie Murphy                    No. 118   £103.75

3rd Prize   David McClelland                No. 217    £41.50

4th Prize   Fred Bell                                    No. 075    £20.75

5th Prize   Ricky McDermott                 No.043    £20.75

6th Prize    Cyril Braniff                             No. 131   £20.75

July Draw

1st Prize   Catherine Neely          No. 115   £207.50

2nd Prize   Ronnie Millar               No. 160  £103.75

3rd Prize   Stephen Bates              No. 175    £41.50

4th Prize   Jeff Spiers                       No. 088    £20.75

5th Prize   David Downes              No. 136    £20.75

6th Prize    Fred Bell                          No. 075   £20.75

August Draw

1st Prize   Jordan Owens               No. 190   £207.50

2nd Prize  George Clarke               No. 137  £103.75

3rd Prize   Raymond Millar            No. 113    £41.50

4th Prize   Jim Montgomery          No. 194    £20.75

5th Prize   Vikki Millar                       No. 099    £20.75

6th Prize    Chris Wilson                   No. 157   £20.75

September Draw

1st Prize   Philip Lowry                      No. 245   £235.00

2nd Prize  Jonathan Roulston        No. 108  £117.50

3rd Prize   William Hislop                 No. 112    £47.00

4th Prize   Paula HUme                     No.  230    £23.50

5th Prize   Ross Clarke                       No. 153    £23.50

6th Prize    Chris Hegarty                 No. 200   £23.50

In total over the four months the club gained £1625 with prize money distributed over the four months to members a total of £1715. A massive thank you for your support and the October draw will be made in the first week of November. If you wish to join again or join for the first time please speak with Natasha Brown, Ashleigh White, Michael Long or Barney Thompson who will advise on getting involved. 


5th October2021

On Line Tickets Now On Sale For Ballymena Utd v Crusaders Sat 9th October

Match tickets for Saturdays Danske Bank Premiership game against Ballymena United at the Ballymena Showgrounds (3pm) are now on sale via the following link

Crusaders supporters must use this link only when buying a ticket.


The game is all ticket and tickets will be available to purchase at the turnstiles on the day but buying early will help ease any problems at the gate.

Come up to Ballymena and get behind your team. Everyone on the pitch and in the dug out appreciates your support and we know you are with us every step.

 5th October 2021

Paul Heatley Testimonial Lunch Saturday 23rd October

This event will be held upstairs in the McDonald centre on Saturday 23rd October 2021 at 12-30pm with lunch served at 12-45.

Our guest speaker Stephen Looney will give an insight into Paul’s career with Crusaders and a ballot with the top prize of an overnight stay with breakfast in the Culloden hotel plus other prizes will be on offer

Book your ticket and enjoy a lunch to show appreciation to a Crusaders player who has given us some fantastic performances and unbelievable goals.

Tickets £15 Each Table of 10 £ 125

Tickets will be on sale in the club on Tuesday and Thursday nights 7 -8 pm or you can email your details to


5th October2021

Crusaders Strikers v Glentoran Ladies. Womens Cup Final Saturday 9th October.

It is a busy eight days for our ladies senior side Crusaders Strikers as they go up against newly crowned Premiership Champions Glentoran Ladies in not one but two cup finals starting this Saturday night at Seaview.

The first cup final on Saturday kicks off at 7.30pm and entry to the game will be via the St. Vincent Street gates behind the  McDonald Centre.  Admission is £5 Adult and £3 Concession and it is a cash gate.

We hope you can get down to support the ladies as they look to lift a trophy. See you on Saturday evening.


4th October 2021

Crusaders Beaten 2-0 By Coleraine At Seaview

It was night to forget for Crusaders as they where beaten 2-0 by Coleraine at Seaview in the latest game in the Danske Bank Premiership. Crusaders never got going in a game that was played in front of Live Sky Sports cameras and goals from Eoin Bradley and Josh Carson made the difference.

Crusaders fell behind to a 10th minute Eoin Bradley goal after Josh Robinson failed to clear a ball over the top and from there schased the game. They looked out of sorts and it was not the side that had played so well in the previous games and it could have been worse at the end of the first only for a good save by Johnny Tuffey.

The second half played out like the first and it was Coleraine who troubled the most. They got a second goal just after the hour mark when A Johnny Tuffey save was turned back into the six yard box by Matthew Shevlin and Josh Carson was headed home. There was little or no reply from Crusaders and on the whistle it was a 2-0 win for the visitors

Full Report To Follow....


3rd October 2021

Match Preview. Crusaders v Coleraine. Danske Bank Premiership

Crusaders get back to Danske Bank Premiership action on Monday night and Coleraine are the visitors in front of Sky Sports cameras (7.45pm) This game has created some epic battles between the sides and this will be no different. Both sides sit level on points in the table and have both won 3 of their last 4 games in Premiership battle.

Crusaders and Coleraine met 5 times last season with Colearine edging 3 wins to Crusaders 2

10/11/20 Crusaders 1 Coleraine 0

30/01/21 Coleraine2 Crusaders 1

12/03/21 Coleraine 2 Crusaders 0

27/04/21 Colearine 0 Crusaders 1 (Irish Cup)

15/05/21 Crusaders 0 Coleraine 1

Crusaders could be missing Josh Robinson who came off injured against Glentoran last time out but Aidan Wilson and Chris Hegarty who are both in great form will be ready to step in. Bar the long term injuries Crusader are all fit and Johnny Black could be called to the subs bench after finding the net on Saturday past in the U20's game. Coleraine will have their usual firepower available and wil come come hoping to keep their form going also. Kick off is 7.45pm


2nd October 2021

Under 20's Continue Great Start To The Season

Crusaders U20's continue to inpress in the Development League with another win. This time thay defeated Coleraine U20's 1-0 at The Coleraine Showgrounds with a Johnny Black goal as he he continues to get match fit.

Well done everyone and we hope to high;light your season so far in the near future


27th September 2021

Tickets NOW On Sale for Crusaders v Coleraine  (4th Oct)

Tickets for next Monday nights game against Coleraine at Seaview (7.45pm) are NOW available to purchase via

This is a ticket only game and there will not be a cash gate on the night. Ticket prices are £12 & £8.

Season tickets holders do not have to buy an additional ticket

So get your ticket purchased early and get down to support your team


25th September 2021

Crusaders Superb In A 3-0 Win Over Glentoran

Crusaders today produced a sublime performance that saw them defeat Glentoran at The Oval 3-0. Every player in a Crusaders shirt played their part in the win as goals from Adam Lecky, Ben Kennedy and Aidan Wilson made it a happy evening for all Crusaders fans.

Glentoran had the first effort at goal after 4 minutes but the ball went wide without  Johnny Tuffey having to work. Both sides sized each otherup and a Glentoran free kick again did not trouble Johnny Tuffey. Crusaders stunned Glentoran when they took the lead on 9 minutes. A beautiful build up that started at Johnny Tuffey went through the field in a lovely passage of play and when the ball was crossed by Jarlath O'Rourke Adam Lecky nipped in at the front post to score. Glentoran upped the pace but they never really troubled Crusaders and it was Crusaders who could have gone further ahead if Paul Heatley had of got away on a counter attack but decent Glentoran defending on the half way line stopped him. Josh Robinson was in great form and he defended well under pressure when Glentoran threatened. It was Josh Robinson who could have put Crusaders two up only for a last ditch tackle at the back post that deflected his goal bound shot away. Crusaders had a let off on 35 minutes when somehow Robbie McDaid managed to hit his shot over the bar from 8 yards and everyone in Red amd Black heaved a huge sigh of relief. Crusaders had a claim for a penalty turned down seven minutes  from half time but ref Lee Tavinder waved the claims away. Glentoran again came at Crusaders as the half came to an end but Adam Lecky, Josh Robinson and Robbie Weir where exceptional in their timings on tackles and blocks and Crusaders went in at half time 1-0 ahead

Half Time Glentoran 0 Crusaders 1

The second saw both sides step up a gear and on 50 minutes Paul Heatley had a great chance to double the lead but Aaron McCarey in the Glentoran goal managed to gather the ball at Paul Heatleys feet and the chance was gone.  55 minutes in Crusaders got a penalty when Johnny McMurray was fouled by Bobby Burns in the box and Lee Tavinder pointed to the spot on the advice from his Assistant Referee. Ben Kennedy stepped up and coolly slotted the ball home high into the top corner of the net and it was 2-0. Glentoran had a penalty shout turned two minutes after Crusaders had scored but the ref was having none of it and waved play on. Johnny McMurray forced a good save from Aaron McCarey just after the hour and Crusaders had the ball in the net on 62 minutes when Daniel Larmour headed in a the back post but a foul on the keeper as the corner came in saw it chalked off. Crusaders went further ahead on 66 minutes and it came from defender Aidan Wilson who had come on to replace Josh Robinson. Crusaders had forced several corners and as Ben Kennedy hit a lovely corner in Aidan Wilson headed home powerfully from just inside the box and it was 3-0 Crusaders away from home against Glentoran. Glentoran put pressure on again but apart from a goal that was disallowed for offside and a half claim for a penalty near the end thay again produced nothing while Ben Kennedy and Johnny McMurray had good chances for Crusaders. All in all Glentoran could not respond and it was a superb Crusaders victory come the end of the 90 minutes. A great performance and win for Crusaders and we now set the sights on Coleraine at Seaview on Monday week

Full Time. Glentoran 0 Crusaders 3


24th September 2021

Match Preview. Glentoran v Crusaders. Danske Bank Premiership

Crusaders make the short trip across the M3 to play Glentoran this Saturday (3pm) in the latest Danske Bank Premiership game . They of course played each other in pre season with Glentoran scoring two late goals to win but bthat game wil have no bearing on todays game. Glentoran have won 3 of thrir 4 games so far in the Premiership this season  but are out of the Co.Antrim Shield after Tuesday night while Crusaders have Won 2 Drawn 1 and Lost 1 so far.

Crusaders and Glentoran met times 5 times last season in all competitions with Crusaders winning 3 and Glentoran winning 2.

05/12/20 Crusaders 2 Glentoran 0

02/02/21 Crusaders 1 Glentoran 0

27/03/21 Glentoran 1 Crusaders 0

11/05/21 Crusaders 0 Glentoran 1 (Irish Cup)

29/05/21 Glentoran 2 Crusaders 0

A lot of players who where rested in Tuesday nights game against Newington will return for this one with possibly a new starting XI taking the field. Crusaders are on a positive run at the moment and will look to continue that while Glentoran will be hurting from Tuesdays defeat and will be out to make amends. A great game in prospect and we look forward to seeing you getting behind the team.

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21st September 2021

Crusaders Safely Through in Co.Antrim Shield

Crusaders made a safe passage to second round of the Co Antrim Shield this evening at Seaview with a 4-0 win over Premier Intermediate side Newington.  Crusaders went in at half time 1-0 ahead before three goals in the second half saw off a stubborn Newington side.

Crusaders set the tone in the first minute when they shot over and Newington keeper Marc Maybin did well to get to a Jordan Owens flick on ahead of Joel Thompson minutes later. Crusaders dominated but couldn't break through and Lewis Patterson nearly scored a fluke goal on 15 minutes but it dropped just over the bar when his cross became a shot. Marc Maybin made a good stop at point blank range when Philip Lowry headed goalwards on 19 minutes and as Crusaders launched attack after attack Newington kept surviving. A rare shot on goal by Newington saw Robert McVarnock not trouble Sean O'Neill with a long range effort on 28 minutes. Lewis Patterson stood out with some great defensive  work just after the half hour mark and as Newington settled into the game they where finally hit by a Crusaders goal. Crusaders had just survived a dangerous Newington counter attack and as they went back up the pitch the ball fell to Brandon Doyle who hit an absolute beauty of a shot into the top corner giving Marc Maybin no chance and it was 1-0 after 38 minutes. From the restart Jonny Frazer nearly made it 2-0 but he was stopped at the last moment and as the half came to an end a cross was just too high for Jordan Owens to get and Aidan Wilson headed well wide.

Crusaders 1 Newington 0

The second half was less than a minute old and Crusaders where 2-0 ahead. A corner into the box caused mayhem but iit finally fell to Philip Lowry who managed to get the last touch and it went over the line. Crusaders kept looking for a third and Jordan Owens had his shot well saved by Marc Maybin on the hour mark while Joel Thompson shot over a few minutes later. Another rare chance for Newington saw a shot deflected for a corner that was cleared and Crusaders raced up the pitch and got themselves a corner. When it came in from Lewis Barr it was only a few inches too high for Jordan Owens to meet with his head. On 69 minutes it was 3-0 to Crusaders. Another ball into the Newington box went over to the back post and Chris Hegarty shot through a crowd of players to score. Marc Maybin was again in the right place to save well from Johnny McMurray this time and Johnny Frazers shot was blocked went it looked another goal was on its way. Crusaders hadn't finished for the night and Jonny Frazer bagged a goal when he ran on to a lovely through ball and raced in on the Newington goal before slotting it past Marc Maybin to make it 4-0 on 85 minutes. The game played out the last few minutes without anything of note and on the whistle Crusaders where safely through to the next round.

Crusaders 4 Newington 0

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20th September 2021

Crusaders v Newington. Co. Antrim Shield 1st Round. 21st September

Another change of competition this Tuesday and Crusaders play Premier Intermediate side  Newington in the Co.Antrim Shield 1st Round at Seview (7.45pm) Crusaders have a good record of reaching finals in recent years and have been in four finals since 2013 wining two and beaten finalists in two. Newington of course are a North Belfast side and play at Solitude and they will want to have a real go in this "Mini North Belfast Derby"

Newington sit third in the Premier Intermediate League at the minute and have already been beaten by Premiership opposition in the League Cup. 

04/09/21 Lisburn Distillery 2 Newington 3 (Premier Intermediate)

14/09/21 Portadown 2 Newington 0 (League Cup 2nd Rd)

18/09/21 Dollingstown 0 Newington 1 (Premier Intermediate)

Stephen Baxter will again use strength in depth of his squad and it will be a different side than that from Saturday. Newington will not be treated any differently in the build up to the game as they will be out to get a big victory but Crusaders will be as professional as always looking to progress to the next round and beyond in a competition they enjoy being involved in.


18th September 2021

Crusaders Show Their Teeth And Beat Larne 

It was a super performance by Crusaders and they showed every bit of what they could do with a super 1-0 win over Larne at Seaview. Never really troubled by Larne it was an Adam Lecky goal in the first half that made the difference.

Crusaders started strongly and Johnny McMurray shot over while Jeff Hughes stopped Adam Lecky scoring with a super tackle after 5 minutes. Rowan Ferguson produced a great save to deny Paul Heatley a goal after 9 minutes while Jordan Forsythe headed over from the corner. It got feisty on 13 minutes which spiced the game up but it also charged Crusaders up and they went ahead on 16 minutes. Billy Joe Burns chased a lost cause to the line and when he hooked the ball back Adam Lecky headed home unchallenged from a few yards out to send the home support wild. Rowan Ferguson denied Paul Heatley again with another great save on 22 minutes while Larnes Andy Mitchell shot well over as did Dean Jarvis a few minutes later.  Josh Robinson made a good stop as Larne threatened and Ronan Hale got closest for Larne in the first half when his shot flashed wide. In time added on in the first half Johnny Tuiffey kept Crusaders when he made a wonder save to deny Jeff Hughes.

Half Time Crusaders 1 Larne 0

The second half saw Larne start strongly as expected but the best they could do was Mark Randall failing to get a touch on a cross. Ben Kennedy had several free kicks that came to nothing and Paul Heatley flicked a shot the wrong side of the post as Crusaders came back in to the game. It became end to end and Josh Robinson and Johnny Tuffey both did well to keep Larne from threatening. There was another flare up on the hour  with Cian Bolger being booked at the end of it while Mark Randall was lucky to stay on the pitch when he jumped at Adam Lecky five minutes later. Crusaders took control again and went on the attack but Philip Lowry and Jordan Forsythes both had shots that went wide. With 10 minutes left Larne piled on pressure but again Crusaders dealt with everything and indeed Ben Kennedy could have made it 2-0 but Rowan Ferguson rushed out to beat him to the ball with two minutes left. Nothing much happened in the five minutes additional time and on the whistle it was Crusaders the deserved winners

Full Time Crusaders 1 Larne 0


17th September 2021

Crusaders v Larne. Danske Bank Premiership. 18th September

As the league starts to take shape Crusaders and Larne meet for the first time this season and if last season is anything to go by goals will be flying in at both ends and the action will be none stop. Crusaders drew with Cliftonville last week 1-1 to make it one win, one draw and one defeat so far while Larne have three wins out of three.

Crusaders and Larne met 6 times in all competitions last season with Crusaders winning one, drawing one and Larne winning four times (one on pens). A total of 22 goals where scored in open play.

13/10/20 Larne 4 Crusaders 0

14/11/20 Larne 2 Crusaders 1

28/01/21 Crusaders 3 Larne 3

02/03/21 Larne 0 Crusaders 3

01/05/21 Crusaders 1 Larne 3

18/05/21 Larne 1 Crusaders 1 (Larne win on Pens)

Crusaders will make wholesale changes from the side that defeated Moyola Park during the week but we could see Adam Lecky keep his place after his hat trick and a man of the match performance by Robbie Weir could see him also stay. Larne of course have ex Crusaders players Rory Hale and Andy Mitchell in their ranks while Josh Robinson will face his old side since moving in the close season.

17th September 2021

Programme v Larne & Newington

In this week's bumper 32 page edition programme, Joe Thompson reflects on another one nil victory for the Crues, Bryan Hutchinson looks at the career of goalscoring legend Danny Hale and Barry McDevitte reviews the summers European matches and their impact on the Irish League.

There is also a poster of Billy Joe Burns, Stephen Baxter's notes and all the usual news and stats from around Seaview. All for the normal cover price of £2.50


16th September 2021

Several Ways To Buy Match Tickets

As we look forward to Saturdays Danske Bank Premiership game against Larne at Seaview (3pm) there are several ways you can purchase your ticket for the game.

Note Season Ticket holders do not need to purchase another ticket for Premiership games only.

1. Go online at and buy your ticket. You can then print off and bring to the gate or you can show your ticket on your phone at the gate on Saturday. If using the phone option the scanners will only work on screens that are not cracked and show a good image.

2. You can call into the McDonald Centre anytime it is open and purchase your ticket at any of the tills in Harry D's giving you plenty of time any day to do so. The printer will be printed for you to take away.

3' On the day of the game buy your ticket in the ticket office at the McDonald Centre. This is situated to the right of the McDonald Centre doors as you step in and is open approx 90 minutes before the game.

So no excuse not to watch Crusaders at Seaview and we hope you will come along and get behind Stephen and the team every game we are at home and also away when you can.


16th September 2021

Crusaders Home in League Cup 3rd Round

Crusaders will play Ballymena United in the League Cup 3rd Round. The tie will be played on Wednesday 13th October.


Please note that all third round ties had originally been scheduled on Tuesday 12 October but owing to the Bulgaria v Northern Ireland international fixture that same evening, all games will now be on Wednesday. Should both clubs be in agreement, ties can be reverted back to the original Tuesday evening.


14th September 2021

Five Star Crusaders Through To League Cup Third Round

Crusaders eased through to the next round of the League Cup with a 5-0 win over Premier Intermediate side Moyola Park. Adam Lecky scored a hat trick and Jordan Owens added a further two to make it a good night for Stephen Baxters side.

Crusaders where going to be dominant in this contest and they started strongly. Jordan Owens did well on 8 minutes but after flicking the ball up and over the defender his shot was scuffed and the chance went by. Brandon Doyle then had two half chances and Adam Lecky just missed connecting to a Jordan Owens knock down. A minute later Adam Lecky did score though when he headed home from a decent cross and Crusaders where one up after 15 minutes. Six minutes later Crusaders where further ahead. After a decent run by Brandon Doyle he let Adam Lecky step in and he had the simple task of striking the ball home from 12 yards and it was 2-0.  Crusaders pushed on and Brandon Doyle, Philip Lowry and Aidan Wilson all went close while a super last ditch tackle by Aaron Harris on Jonny Frazer stopped Crusaders going further ahead. As the half came to an end Adam Lecky just failed to get his third of the evening and Jordan Owens headed over under pressure at the back post.

Half Time Crusaders 2 Moyola Park 0

The second half continued like the first and Crusaders piled the pressure on from the start. Moyola Park did well in defence and where also lucky on occasions. On a rare attack Daniel McIlhatton skied his shot from 18 yards from a free kick and Adam Lecky was again just short to meeta Jordan Owens knock down again. On 59 minutes Jonny Frazer was unlucky not to score when he cut in and shot but it crashed off the post and away. Just after the hour Adam Lecky finally got his hat trick. A good Crusaders move ended with him scoring with his head from close range and with it taking the match ball home later in the evening.  Jordan Owens not to be outdone got in on the act on 64 minutes when he headed home a Jonny Frazer and it was 4-0 Crusaders. Johnny Black then made his debut coming on as a sub as both sides made changes and Crusaders went further ahaed on 75 minutes and again it was Jordan Owens who headed home to make it 5-0. The game played out from this point as both sides seemed to accept the result and the game was brought to a finish without anything further to report.

So safely through through to the third round and we will get news of our opponents when the draw is made on Saturday.

Full Time Crusaders 5 Moyola Park 0


13th September 2021

Crusaders v Moyola Park. League Cup 2nd Rd. Tuesday 14th September

It is a change of competition on Tuesday night and Crusaders play Premier Intermediate side Moyola Park at Seaview (7.45pm) in the League Cup 2nd Round. Crusaders where beaten in last final played back in February 2020  before the pandemic struck and will be out to go better this season while Moyola Park will be out to grab a big scalp in the competition.

Moyola Park sit mid table in Premier Intermediate and are unbeaten with a win and two draws

21/08/21 Tobermore 1 Moyola Park 1

28/08/21  Moyola Park 1 Dollingstown 0

04/09/21 Banbridge Town 1 Moyola Park 1

Stephen Baxter may choose to use the strength of the squad and give players game time who have not feaured yet in the opening games of the season.. Moyola  Park will certainly not be unde estimated  and Crusaders will be professional in their approach to the game and want  to put to bed any chance of a giant killing act on them. Moyola Park will come down to Belfast to enjoy the occasion and give a good account of themselves and show just how good they are as they look to defeat their Premiership opposition.


13th September 2021

Legends Lunch At Seaview Sat 18th September

Crusaders are pleased to advise that there will be a LEGEND'S LUNCH this Saturday (18th September) starting at 12.45pm in the upstairs hospitality suite before our game v Larne FC.

Guest speakers will be Sid Burrows and Kirk Hunter with Liam Beckett (TBC pending BBC duties) as our compere.

Tickets are available via priced £15pp or £125 for a Table of 10.

This event is part of a series of events we are hosting for the 100th Year Anniversary of Seaview Stadium.

We hope that you can make it and it will be a great day.

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11th September 2021

Late Goal Leaves North Belfast Derby A Draw

It was a subdued North Belfast Derby as Crusaders and Cliftonville played out a 1-1 draw. It was game that created little chances and only an added time goal in the last seconds of the game stole the points from Crusaders.

Crusaders had the first chance of the game but Johnny McMurray was to close to keeper Declan Dunne  and he turned and shot but it went into the keepers hands. Paul Heatley shot well over on 16 minutes while the same player went for a spectacular bicycle kick only to be ruled offside. Both sides could not really get going and neither keeper where tested as it became a battle outside the penalty areas. Crusaders suffered a blow when they lost  Declan Caddell to injury before half time and as the half ended Billy Joe Burns cut a dangerous cross out and Johnny McMurray shot well wide.

Half Time. Crusaders 0 Cliftonville 0

Daniel Larmour kept Crusaders level four minutes into the second half with a super block and Declan Dunne made a good save from Paul Heatley to keep Cliftonville in it on 51 minutes. Both sides traded corners and the closest either side got was a Jordan Forsythe header that went inches over the bar near the hour mark. Just after the hour Crusaders went ahead. A good Crusaders attack finally fell to Jordan Forsythe and he made no mistake to  make it 1-0. Again the game fell into a poor period where neither side took adavantage. Paul Heatley did liven it up with a shot  that Declan Dunne saved again and Josh Robinson defended well to stop Cliftonville as did Aidan Wilson with two minutes left. As the game entered time added on Cliftonville pushed forward and got an equaliser. Johnny Tuffey initially saved a Cliftonville shot but the ball fell to Daniel Kearns and he scored after Crusaders defence failed to clear.  With that the referee blew the whistle a two minutes later and the Derby ended in a draw.

Full Time. Crusaders 1 Cliftonville 1

10th  September 2021

Crusaders v Cliftonville. Danske Bank Premiership. Sat 11th September

Crusaders and Cliftonville meet for the first time this season in the usually hot atmosphere of the North Belfast Derby.  Crusaders will be out to inflict a first defeat of the season on their rivals. Crusaders had a superb first home win of the season against Portadown last week with a 4-0 win.

Crusaders and Cliftonville met 5 times last season with Crusaders winning one, 3 draws and and a Cliftonville win on penalties in the controversial european play off game.

23/10/20 Crusaders 1 Cliftonville 0

09/01/21 Cliftonville 2 Crusaders 2

10/04/21 Crusaders 2 Cliftonville 2

25/05/21 Cliftonville 1 Crusaders 1

01/06 21 Cliftonville 0 Crusaders 0 (Cliftonville win on pens)

Cliftonville could give a debut to ex Crusaders captain Colin Coates who they signed last week. Crusaders could still be without several key figures as they continue to recover from injury and Johnny Black could also be in line for a debut having returned from Australia and joined the club.

10th September 2021

Programme V's Cliftonville & Moyola Park

In this weeks double issue programme, Joe Thompson recalls another famous 1-0 victory for the Crues, Barry McDevitte previews the Seaview Centenary Celebrations and details you can get involved in a special feature in the is seasons programme. There is also the usual opposition previews, a poster of Ben Kennedy and all the news and stats from around Seaview all for just £2.50

9th  September 2021

Seaview-A Century Of Change

To celebrate the Centenary of the opening of Seaview, Crusaders have brought out a new book which shows the history of the ground and the club in pictures.

SEAVIEW - A CENTURY OF CHANGE has been compiled by Crusaders fan Barry McDevitte.