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2nd December 2021

Crusaders Next Game


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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


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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...

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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 

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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

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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

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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.


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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

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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. 

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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.

It recalls the Crusaders most famous matches and memorable nights, as well as quirky stories, plus you can read the actual newspaper report of the Crues' very first match in 1921.

For Crusaders fans it is a real collector's item

The book is available via the link or just call in to the club shop in the McDonald Centre and purchase


4th September 2021

Tickets Now On Sale For Next Four Home Games

It is a busy few weeks for Crusaders at Seaview and we want you to be at all the games and getting behind the lads as they play in three different competitions  Tickets are now available for the following games and can be purchased online at

Season Ticket holders with a valid 2021-22 season ticket do not need to purchase a further ticket for Danske Bank Premiership games. 

Season tickets are NOT valid for cup games and everyone will need to purchase a ticket to get into Seaview for these games.

All games at Seaview are ticket games and their will not be a cash gate at any games.

Saturday 11 Sept Crusaders v Cliftonville (3pm) Danske Bank Premiership £12 Adult £8 Concession

Tuesday 14th Sept Crusaders v Moyola Park (7.45pm) League Cup 2nd Round £8 Adult £5 Concession

Saturday 18th Sept Crusaders v Larne (3pm) Danske Bank Premiership £12 Adult £8 Concession

Tuesday 21st Sept Crusaders v Newington YC Co. Antrim Shield 1st Round  £8 Adult £5 Concession

We hope you can attend all and be the 12th man as we push on in September. C'mon the Crues. Keep The Faith.


3rd September 2021

Belfast City Hall In Red & Black Splendour

To mark Crusaders Football Club playing their first game at Seaview exactly 100 years before against Cliftonville Olympic Belfast City Hall was illuminated in Red & Black to celebrate the occasion. 

There was a steady flow of Crusaders supporters and others who visited the centre of Belfast to look at the glorious sight of the City Hall lit  up in club colours and we could not let the occasion pass without showing those people who could not see it live pictures of  event.

Thanks to Johnny Caldwell who took the pictures and thanks to everyone who made it all possible.

A fitting tribute for a special occasion.

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2nd September 2021

Neil Shields Joins Carrick Rangers On Loan

Crusaders goalkeeper Neil Shields has joined fellow Danske Bank Premiership club Carrick Rangers on a short term loan to January.

Neil signed a new contract with Crusaders just weeks ago and will go straight into contention after an injury to Aaron Hogg on Tuesday night.

Neil made several appearances for Crusaders towards the end of last season and was arguably man of the match on each occasion and he will benefit from this challenge.

Good Luck Neil and we hope too see you back soon at Seaview.

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2nd September 2021

Belfast City Hall Turning Red & Black On Friday Night

In recognition of Crusaders Football Club first ever game at Seaview exactly 100 years before the Belfast City Hall will be illuminated in the colours of Red & Black for the evening of Friday 3rd September.


It will be a glorious sight too see so make sure you head into Belfast and take the beautiful sight in


2nd September 2021

Crusaders v Coleraine Live On Sky Sports

The Danske Bank Premiership game between Crusaders and Coleraine originally due to be played on Saturday 2nd October has been moved to Monday 4th October (7.45pm) and will shown live in front of Sky Sports cameras.


31st August 2021

Crusaders Romp To Victory Over Portadown

It was an all action Crusaders tonight and a dominant performance resulted in a 4-0 victory over Portadown in the first game of the Danske Bank Premiership season at Seaview. Crusaders bounced back from Saturdays opening day defeat in superb fashion  with goals from Paul Heatley, Johnny McMurray, Ben Kennedy and Billy Joe Burns that them jump 10 places in the table.

Crusaders started well and Paul Heatley missed a good chance to put Crusaders ahead in the opening minutes when he chipped the ball straight into Harry Dohertys hands. Crusaders pushed on and the half was dominated by Crusaders attacks but the closest they came was a header that went inches wide from Jordan Owens on 18 minutes. Ben Kennedy then had a good shot saved by Harry Doherty before a arer Portadown corner was punched clear by Johnny Tuffey.  Crusaders dominance was finally rewarded when Paul Heatley headed past Harry Doherty from a pass by Declan Caddell on 32 minutes. and Crusaders where finally off and running. Portadown though had the final say in the half but Johnny Tuffey was alert and saved down at his near post.


Half Time Crusaders 1 Portadown 0


Again it was Crusaders in the second half and Daniel Larmour went close with a header from a free kick while Jonny Frazer nearly got away from his man to run in on goal but a last ditch tackle stopped him. The pressure finally told again and Crusaders scored three goals in ten second half minutes. Johnny McMurray opened his Crusaders account on 56 minutes when he got on the end of a delightful Ben Kennedy cross and five minutes later it was 3-0 when Ben Kennedy himself scored after holding off a defender and putting the ball past Doherty to his near side. Crusaders had not finished and it was soon 4-0 on 66 minutes when Billy Joe Burns looping header from a tight angle dropped into the net past the keeper again. Everytime Crusaders moved forward they looked like scoring and apart from a spirited last five minutes by Portadown they rarely threatened throughout the game leaving Crusaders runaway winners.

Full Time Crusaders 4 Portadown 0

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31st August 2021

Crusaders Sign Johnny Black On Deadline Day

Crusaders are pleased to announce the deadline day signing of Johnny Black.

Johnny recently returned from Australia and Stephen Baxter was quick to snap up his services. Johnny played for Linfield,Coleraine and Glentoran before heading down under and we look forward too seeing him in Red & Black very soon. Welcome to Seaview Johnny.

Crues TV caught up with Johnny after announcing his signing and it will be on our social media channels soon.


30th August 2021

Crusaders v Portadown. Danske Bank Premiership. Tues 31st August

The first game at home of the new season Crusaders pplay Portadown. Crusaders lost their opening game to Linfield while Portadown drew their first game with Glenavon 1-1 with two goals coming in time added on.

Crusaders met Portadown last season 3 times and it saw Crusaders winning two and drawing one.

12/12/20 Crusaders 5 Portadown 0

26/01/21 Portadown 2 Crusaders 2

30/03/21 Portadown 1 Crusaders 2

Michael Ruddy returns to Seaview for the first time since his transfer during the close season and he will receive a great welcome if selected. Johnny McMurray, Ross Clarke and Philip Lowry all miss out for Crusaders as they recover from injury. It has been a long time waiting to get a big crowd back into Seaview and we hope you all come out and watch your team in action. Make sure you look at all the match day guidance below to help you enjoy the "Seaview Experience" once again.

Kick off is 7.45pm and Season Tickets for the new season only are valid. Match night tickets can be bougfht via and their will not be a cash gate on the night.

Crusaders supporters are seated in the Main Stand and Harry Corry Stand while Portadown supporters will be seated in the South Terrace Stand and Fonacab Stand. 

Keep The Faith. C'mon The Crues.


29th August 2021

Crusaders v Portadown : Match Day Guidance

As we look towards the first home game of the Danske Bank Premiership season see below some important information regarding season tickets, entry to game etc etc


28th August 2021

Crusaders Defeated in Premiership Opener

It was an opening day to forget in the Danske Bank Premiership as Crusaders fell to a 2-0 defeat away to Linfield. Two defensive mistakes made the difference in a game that Crusaders went "toe to toe" with the Premiership Champions and did superbly for large parts of the game.

Crusaders started strongly and had a glorious chance on 13 minutes but Ben Kennedy could not get a firm connection with his head to trouble Chris Johns. Johnny Tuffey then saved Crusaders a few minutes later when he did well to stop Jimmy Callaghers header and the defence cleared. Paul Heatley then went close with a curling shot before Declan Caddell had a goal bound effort deflected for a corner and a busy few minutes for Crusaders ended with Daniel Larmour just missing getting his head to the corner. After all the Crusaders pressure it was Linfield who opened the scoring. A deep corner was not cleared and the ball was headed back into the six yard box and Christy Mazinga headed home to put the home side ahead on 31 minutes. The game went into a quiet period after the goal but the half ended with a Crusaders free kick in a good position coming to nothing

Half Time :  Linfield 1 Crusaders 0

                                  Johnny Frazer keeps focused on the ball

The second half saw Linfield come out strongly and they went 2-0 up on 52 minutes. Josh Robinson was cut on the ball and Jimmy Callagher put a pass through to Christy Mazinga who shook off Billy Joe Burns to calmly shoot past Johnny Tuffey.  Stephen Baxter made changes on the hour with Jordan Owens and Robbie Weir coming on. Ben Kennedy had a free kick deflected for a corner and from that corner Josh Robinson headed straight into Chris Johns hands. Linfields defence did well to stop  Jordan Owens and Declan Caddell as they threatened and as the game started to stretch both Daniel Larmour and Ben Kennedy where on hand to clear for Crusaders. From this point the game played out with little else happening and bar a late shot by Ben Kennedy  staright at Chris Johns their was little else to report and Linfield had won 2-0.

Full Time : Linfield 2 Crusaders 0


                                             Paul Heatley Gets Stuck In 


27th August 2021

Linfield v Crusaders . Danske Bank Premiership. Sat 28th August

The opening day of the season sees the old rivalry reignited  between Linfield and Crusaders. With no form to talk about this season obviously  we look back to last season.

30/10/20 Linfield 2 Crusaders 1

06/02/21 Crusaders 1 Linfield 2

19/03/21 Crusaders 1 Linfield 2

04/05/21 Linfield 3 Crusaders 1

Both sides have had "in and outs" over the close season and we look with anticipation too see the new line ups come 3pm on Saturday. Linfield have had a European pre season having played qualifying games in the major competitions while Crusaders have had a solid pre season against local opposition and are ready to go in the Premiership.

Kick off is 3pm and you can buy tickets via the link 

Crusaders supporters will be seated in The Kop end of the ground. Let's get out in numbers and get behind the team as we look to start the season in a positive way.

Keep The Faith. C'mon The Crues.


27th August 2021

Crusaders Strikers Reach Electric Ireland Womens Irish Cup Final

Congratulations this evening to Crusaders Strikers who have reached the Electric Ireland Womens Irish Cup Final after defeating Sion Swifts 2-1.

An OG and a super strike from Jessica Rea at Mill Meadow saw the Ladies team progress where they will play Glentoran Ladies at the National Stadium

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26th August 2021

Crusaders Shirt Sponsorship Avaialble

We are excited to launch Crusader’s shirt sponsorship scheme for season 2021-2022 at 12pm Friday 27th September 

Shirts are available on our club shop on a first come first serve basis. This gives everyone the opportunity to purchase a shirt and make use of our payment options 

All enquiries

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20th August 2021

Crusaders Welcome Charity Walkers To Seaview

Crusaders FC where extremely pleased to welcome Gareth and Chris to to Seaview as they entered their final stages their Stride The Stadia Challenge for Sport Changes Life. In an epic 5 days they had walked 210 miles and where leaving Seaview to walk their final few miles to The Oval where it all ends.

The 1st team squad donated a signed shirt which will be used for their raffle to raise more funds to a worthy cause details of which will be posted ASAP


20th August 2021

Crusaders Lose To Late Goals In Final Pre Season Game 

Crusaders finished off the pre season games build up against fellow Premiershi[p side Glentoran and it was two late goals that saw them defeated 3-1.

Crusaders started strongly and dominated the entire first half and their start was rewarded when Jonny Frazer slid home his goal on 14 minutes after a good build up and an  unselfish pass from Paul Heatley. This gave Crusaders the confidence to push on and they where first to every ball and won nearly every tackle but could not get a second goal to give them a cushion but they did lead 1-0 at half time. 

The second half saw Glentoran come out of the blocks fast after what looked to half been a half time dressing down. On 48 minutes it was 1-1 when Conor McMenamin shot past Jonny Tuffey. It was Glentorans turn to dominate and through the half their where many changes to both sides and it put Crusaders out of their stride. It was competitive and Jonny Tuffey in the Crusaders goal made three fantastic saves to keep Crusaders in the game. On 86 minutes Glentoran took the lead with Marcus Kane moving the quickest to head past Tuffey from a Glentoran free kick. On the final whistle sub Andrew Mitchell scored Glentorans third leaving it 3-1 at the end,

Beaten but not disheartened Crusaders now look forward to a good week of training before the Danske Bank Premiership kick off against Linfield away next Saturday (3pm)


19th August 2021

Seaview 100th Centenary Pre Match Lunch. 11th September. Book Now!

The 100th Anniversary of Crusaders FC playing at Seaview will kick-off with a Centenary game, the NIFL home fixture versus Cliftonville on 11th September.

A pre-match centenary lunch will take place in the McDonald Centre at 12-45pm comprising:

12-45pm, Seated for Lunch

Interview with Gerard Lawlor, new CEO of the NI Football League

Entertainment from Tim McGarry (of “Blame Game” and “Hole in the Wall gang” fame)

Envelope ballot in aid of Paul Heatley’s Testimonial efforts.

Please book early at, priced at £15 a head or £125 for a table of 10.

The first game at Seaview was on 3rd September 1921 versus Cliftonville Olympic.

A series of events for the Seaview Centenary will be announced at the lunch event.


18th August 2021

Crusaders Announce Patron Scheme

IWhy not take advantage of our new and exciting Crusaders Football Club Patron Scheme.

We have 4 levels available and all can be viewed on the attached.

Contact us or private message us on the emails below.


17th August 2021

Crusaders Beat Knockbreda In Pre Season Friendly

Crusaders produced a good display and three good goals as they got back to winning ways in the pre season build up ahead of the big kick off on Saturday 28th August.

It was two different XI's that played the two halfs and both produced some great chances and passages of play that will have pleased Stephen Baxter. Crusaders dominated throughout and where rewarded with two quickfire goals after the half hour mark. Bem Kennedy scored on 36 minutes when he finished off a good build up and put the ball past the Knockbreda keeper Jonah Magill. Two minutes later it was 2-0 and again Ben Kennedy was the goal scorer when he casually flicked the ball over the defender and calmly slotted the ball home.

The second half again was dominated by Crusaders and they created chance after chance but they had to wait until the 63rd minute to score their third goal. Jonny Frazer stepped up to score a smashing free kick from  20 yards giving the keeper no chance. Although their was no goals after the free kick Crusaders will be pleased with the rest of the game and some of the passages of play where great to watch.


16th August 2021

Jordan Forsythe Commits His Future To Crusaders

Crusaders FC are delighted to confirm that Jordan Forsythe has signed a new 3 year deal this evening.

Stephen Baxter is delighted that Jordan has committed his future to Crusaders amidst lots of interest from other clubs.

Jordan's new deal will see him remain at Seaview Stadium until at least 2024 and is fantastic news ahead of the new campaign.

Great news and we look forward to watching Jordan in Red & Black for years ahead.

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16th August 2021

Unfinished Business as Josh Robinson Returns

Crusaders welcome Joshua Robinson back to the Seaview on a 3 year deal. Josh will wear No.24 for the new season.

Josh returns to Seaview after spells with Larne, Linfield, Boston United and York City. During his first spell at Crusaders Josh scored 8 goals in 126 appearances winning back to back Danske Bank Premiership medals

Josh will join the squad for training tonight and will be available for selection tomorrow night  (Tues) v Knockbreda at Seaview in a pre season friendly.



14th  August 2021

Crusaders Second Best In Pre Season Friendly

It was a day to forget today as Crusaders fell to a 4-1 defeat to Carrick Rangers at The Loughshore Arena in what was our first pre season game defeat.

The game was minutes old when Corey McMullan put Carrick Rangers ahead with a good finish after he received the ball from Ben Tinley . Twoi  minutes later it was 2-0 as Crusaders defence let Ewan Kelly through and his shot went into the corner of the net. Crusaders took a while to get into the game but never really troubled Aaron Hogg in the Carrick Rangers net. with the closest being a header from Jonnyb Frazer that went over.

The second half began like the first and Carrick Rangers went 3-0 ahead when Alex Gawne ran into the box unchallenged and put the ball low past Johnny Tuffey. It got worse for Crusaders and the visiting support when Daniel Kelly made it 4-0 on 61 minutes when the got a firm header on a corner and it went like a bullet into the net. Crusaders found it hard to reply but they did pull a goal back on 75 minutes when Declan Caddell headed in after his eratler header had hit the bar. That was the end of the goals and Carrick Rangers ran out deserved winners by 4-1.


13th August 2021

New NIFL Fantasy Football Game Launched

Calling all Crusaders fans!


Sign up now for the NI Football League’s first official online Fantasy Football game ahead of the 2021/22 Danske Bank Premiership season.

This exciting new development gives the fans the chance to test their football knowledge and see if they can replicate the success of the Crues boss Stephen Baxter in selecting the ultimate Irish League team against other fans.

The bespoke application has been developed by Comber-based software developer Nathan McConnell, who is no stranger to the NI Football League as a current player at Lough 41 Premier Intermediate League club Dollingstown and previously played in the top-flight with Portadown.

Neil Coleman, NIFL Marketing & Communications said, “This is a really exciting development for the league, and we felt the time was right to bring a high quality Fantasy Football offering to fans this season.”

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Nathan on this new venture and we are sure that fans of all clubs embrace the game as a new and fun way to enjoy Irish League football.”

Players will select their online panel of 15 players from across all the Premiership clubs and gain points based on the real-life performances of the players on the pitch. Fans can battle out against other players from all clubs but also mini-leagues can be created for friends, family and work colleagues!

There is also the opportunity to be Crusaders’ ultimate Fantasy Football manager with the supporters’ club leader-board.

The game is now live and available at and fans are encouraged to get their teams in now ahead of the first game of the new season on Friday 27 August.

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6th August 2021

Win Tickets For Hope United Game This Tuesday

Crusaders Football Club have teamed up with BT's Hope United campaign to give you the chance to win!!

1 in 10 of us have received online abuse in the past year.

That’s why BT has formed Hope United. Top footballers coming together from across the UK to give us the digital skills we need to help tackle online hate.

BT’s Hope United campaign and the UEFA Foundation for Children have joined forces to tackle and help stamp out online abuse and discrimination through the UEFA Super Cup and a unique Hope United community match in Belfast next week, attended by top footballing legends Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Glenn Hoddle and more!

BT is offering the chance to win exclusive money can’t buy tickets to watch the BT Hope United football match taking place at Seaview Stadium.

The match will involve young people from community projects across Northern Ireland that are helping to bridge the sectarian divide and care for refugees who have settled here. Each side will be managed by football legends Glenn Hoddle and Joe Cole with Rio Ferdinand and Eniola Aluko as the match presenters and Darren Fletcher and Steve McManaman in the commentary booth. It’s a match not to be missed!

Crusaders Football Club are delighted to partner with BT Sports, Irish FA Foundation, Rio Ferdinand Foundation, UEFA Foundation & Hope United and are very proud to host this event.

We've got EXCLUSIVE tickets up for grabs!

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to Hope United's match at Seaview on Tuesday 10th of August, simply:

- LIKE & SHARE this post

- tag a friend or family member you would like to bring

*Competition closes at 5pm on Sunday. Winners will be notified on Sunday night



To find out more about BT HOPE UNITED click here


3rd August 2021

Change Of Opponent For Saturdays Pre Season Game

In a late change of opponent Crusaders will now play Bangor FC in a pre season game at Seaview this Saturday (7th Aug) kick off 3pm

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2nd August 2021

Paul Heatley Testimonial Golf Day Announced

Paul Heatley Testimonial

Golf Day

Sunday 5th September 2021

Carrickfergus Golf Club

Tee Off Times 12-10pm -3-30pm

4 Ball -£170

Individuals £45

Includes a carvery meal (Any extras will have to be paid for on the day)

To book a tee time and payment details email name and mobile number to

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2nd August 2021

Jordan Forsythe Requests Transfer

Crusaders FC confirm that Jordan Forsythe has rejected new improved contract terms with the club.

Crusaders FC have reluctantly accepted Jordan’s request to be placed on the transfer list.

31st July 2021

Condolences To The Family Of Victor Hunter

Everyone at Crusaders Football Club are saddened to hear of the sad passing of Coleraine legend Victor Hunter. Victor, who is allso the father of ex Crusaders player Barry Hunter, always had a friendly greeting and handshake for Crusaders players and officials every time they met and it was a friendship of many many years.

Chairman Ronnie Millar on behalf of the club wishes to pass on the deepest condolences to Barry and his family circle and also to Coleraine Football Club on the sad passing of Victor and asks that we keep them all in our thoughts and prayers over the coming days and weeks.

At Rest.


29th July 2021


Crusaders Arrange Pre Season Game For This Saturday

Due to the pres season camp and games being called off this weekend in Maynooth Crusaders have hastily arranged a pre season game this Saturday at Seaview. 

Our opponents will be Loughgall FC and the game kicks off at 3pm. 

Admission to the game is  Adults £6 and Concessions £4 with tickets available  via

There will be no cash gate on the day but a mobile ticket office will be in operation at the front of the McDonald Centre. Gates open from 1.15pm with the Legend's Bar open to spectators.

St Vincent Street will be the only access point for the stadium that day.

Due to the game that day no bookings can be taken for food in Harry D's or the Legends Bar. It will be on a first come first served basis only.


27th July 2021


Crusaders Pre Season To Maynooth Called Off

Due to unforeseen circumstances Crusaders FC pre season camp and games this weekend in Maynooth has been cancelled.

24th July 2021


Crusaders Win First Pre Season Game

Crusaders pre s eason got off to a winning start with a comfortable 3-1 victory over H&W Welders at Seaview.

The Welders took an early lead when Michael McLellan spotted Johnny Tuffey off his line and he hit an unstoppable shot from distance into the net. Crusaders equalised on 33 minutes when Daniel Larmour scored from close range from a free kick into the box. Crusaders went in at the break 2-1 ahead when Billy Joe Burns met a pinpoint corner kick 9  yards out and his bullet header flew into the net.

The second was dominated by Crusaders and they played some neat football and crisp passing which H&W Welders could not deal with.  Crusaders went further ahead in the 71st minute when Ben Kennedy scored from the spot after a foul on Adam Lecky to make it 3-1 and the game played out as both sets of players started to slow down after playing in very warm conditions. So a win and a good display will make Stephen Baxter pleased with the efforts.

Starting XI...Johnny Tuffey, Lewis Patterson, Billy Joe Burns, Lewis Barr, Daniel Larmour, Ben Kennedy, Robbie Weir, Adam Lecky, Jordan Forsythe, Johnny McMurray, Brandon Doyle.

21st July 2021


First Pre Season Game This Saturday 24th

Crusaders first pre season game iS on Saturday and they play H&W Welders at Seaview with a 3pm kick off. Admission to the game is 

Adults £6 and Concessions £4 with tickets available  via

There will be no cash gate on the day but a mobile ticket office will be in operation at the front of the McDonald Centre. Gates open from 1.15pm with the Legend's Bar open to spectators.

St Vincent Street will be the only access point for the stadium that day.

Due to the game that day no bookings can be taken for food in Harry D's or the Legends Bar. It will be on a first come first served basis only.

It will be great too see supporters back at Seaview and we look forward  welcoming you back.


20th July 2021


New Away Kit For Season 2021-22 Now Available To Pre Order

Crusaders are pleased to reveal our new away kit for season 2021-22. It is now available to pre order via and will be available from w/c 2nd August.


12th July 2021


Pre Season Games Announced

As Stephen Baxter begins to look towards the new season Crusaders have arranged several pre season games ahead of the new Danske Bank Premiership season starting on Saturady August 28th.

Pre Season games arranged so far are as follows...

Saturday 24th July v H&W Welders (Seaview @3pm)

Friday 30th July v Maynooth Town (Maynooth University Campus @ 7pm)

Saturday 31st July v Home Farm (Maynooth University Campus @4pm)

7th August v Banbridge Town (Seaview @3pm)

14th August v Carrick Rangers (Loughshore Hotel Arena @3om)

21st August v Glentoran (The Oval @3pm)

We hope to see you at these games and we cannot wait to welcome you back to see the your team team play once again

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9th July 2021


Neil Shields Signs New Contract

Crusaders FC are pleased to announce that goalkeeper Neil Shields has signed a one year contract with the club. 

Neil who played the final few games of last season and was aguably "man of the match" against Glentoran and Cliftonville had no hesitation in striking a deal to keep him at Seaview for the incoming season. The 24 year old shot stopper will npw go into pre season and challenge Sean O'Neill and Johnny Tuffey for the keepers jersey. 

We are all happy to see Neil stay and if performances we have already witnessed are anything to go we will see Sean and Johnny pushed to an extra level with three good goalkeepers in the ranks.

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9th July 2021




Belfast Met and Crusaders Football Club are excited to announce a new collaborative partnership with exciting plans for a new Crusaders Football Academy to commence in September 2022. The new Crusaders Football Academy is a welcome, innovative addition to Belfast Met’s existing well established Football Academy which continues to deliver a high quality, three A Level equivalent Sport programme alongside High Performance football coaching and an IFA coach education programme. The Belfast Met Football academy, which will kick off again in September 2021, has been leading the way in education and skills through football for 11 years and was the first full time football academy in Ireland.


Belfast Met is delighted with this opportunity to be the education provider of choice, working in partnership with Crusaders FC to develop what will be a new and ground-breaking education and skills offer for aspiring footballers. The academy will combine their skills on the pitch with their studies, in the heart of the city. The first of its kind Crusaders Football Academy at Seaview will combine a professional football training programme with an accredited qualification, giving skilled players a unique opportunity to develop both on and off the field. The Academy will commence in September 2022.






Commenting on the new partnership and initiative, Louise Warde Hunter Principal and Chief Executive of Belfast Metropolitan College said “We are delighted to be entering into a collaborative relationship with Crusaders FC to deliver a Crusaders / Belfast Met Football Academy, from September 2022. This welcome and unique opportunity provides learners with multiple qualification and progression pathways through a relevant education and skills offer as well as a flexible delivery model”.


Sharon Rivers Head of School for Health, Wellbeing at Belfast Metropolitan College said “This is the right time for this partnership. The collaboration between Belfast Met and Crusaders Football Club will make achievable very exciting possibilities to jointly develop excellent and unique sporting and academic opportunities for our young people and the wider community. We look forward to developing this new project in partnership”.


Mark Langhammer, Vice Chair at Crusaders FC, said ”Belfast Met’s football academy will be a welcome addition to the range of community and educational activity at Seaview. In time, we hope that the College will boost the range of its ‘Access’ curriculum at Seaview to enable young people to move on to full and part time education at its Campus sites which include Titanic and Millfield. This strategic alliance fits in with the football club’s strategy and open the door to a range of educational programmes in the North of the City”


Nathan Hanley, Head of Youth at Crusaders, said “We are delighted to be working with Belfast Metropolitan College as our education partner with our new Football Academy. The partnership allows Crusaders to offer our young elite footballers the opportunity to train and prepare in a full-time professional environment using our state of art facilities at the Stadium which includes the McDonald Centre’s educational space, multi-purpose gym and onsite catering facilities. The last Academy graduate from Crusaders was Gavin Whyte, who now plays professional football at Cardiff City, and this strategic alliance will open doors for others who have similar aspirations”.












Over the next year Crusaders Football Club and Belfast Met will be building a strong partnership and planning their exciting new Crusaders Academy to put young footballers and the local community at the heart of an exciting new education and skills opportunity, giving skilled players a unique opportunity to develop both on and off the field! Belfast Met Football Academy is currently recruiting again for September 2021 and is open for applications.


7th July 2021


Fixtures Out For 2021-22 Season


5th July 2021


Follow Crusaders To Maynooth

The squad are off to Maynooth University for a pre season training camp at the end of July (Fri 30th July-Sun 1st August) and they are playing two matches when they are there on the Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

Why not head down for a few days and enjoy the games and stay close by on the Maynooth University campus itself in great accommodation ? Simply click on the link go to South Campus availabilty and use code CRU_0621

It would be great too see you

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5th July 2021


Lewis Patterson Returns To Seaview On Two Year Deal

Crusaders are pleased to announce that defender Lewis Patterson has tonight signed a two year deal with the club after returning from England.

The 18 year old left Crusaders two years ago to play for Fleetwood Town and when his contract finished Stephen Baxter was quick to snap up a player who has everything it takes to be part of Crusaders plans over the next few years and beyond. Lewis was a product  of the Crusaders and Greenisland FC link up as part of the player/coach partnership and after impressing in the Super Cup moved to Fleetwood on a scholarship.

Speaking to the website tonight Lewis said on his return " I am glad to be here. It's a great set up and I am just delighted to be back. My contract at Fleetwood expired and I came back to train with the reserves because I know the manager. One thing led to another and here I am"

Lewis added " I need to prove myself in training and if the gaffer thinks I am good enough hopefully he will put me in"

Welcome back Lewis and we look forward to seeing you in the famous colours when the season starts. Again CruesTV will catch up with both Lewis and Stephen during pre season.


1st July 2021


Teqball Tournament Starts Paul Heatley Testimonial Season

We are pleased to announce the Paul Heatley Testimonial Committee will be holding an open Teqball Tournament at Seaview Stadium on Sunday 18th July 2021.

To register please click link below or scan QR Code on poster. Closing date for registration is Friday 16th July 2021.

Payment must also be made to confirm entry and this can be done via PayPal at or pay on the day

Click on the link below to see Paul Heatley talk to the Tqball team


1st July 2021


Brandon Doyle and Jonny Frazer Join Club Officially










Crusaders FC can officially unveil our two signings announced on pre contracts a few weeks. Brandon Doyle joins from Linfield while Jonny Frazer joins from Glentoran after both their contracts ran out at their respective clubs.

Both lads are absolutely bursting to get started with Crusaders and cannot wait to pull on their training gear and get a pre season under their belts and impress Stephen Baxter to get a start.











Brandon Doyle spoke to the website last night and said " I am buzzing to get back down to Seaview. I left a few years ago but I think it is the right time to come back in and I am really looking forward to it. " Brandon added "I think getting out on loan has definitely helped me get the experience that I need to push on now and at this age of 22 I just need to do that and Crusaders is the right place to do it."



Jonny Frazer also spoke with the website and said " I am delighted to join Crusaders. It is a huge club and it is a big opportunity for me and I am really grateful to Stephen and the club to give me the chance. Alll I am focused on now is repaying the faith that Stephen has shown in me by giving me a three year deal"

Welcome both of you officially to Seaview and we will catch up with both players in more detail when CruesTV feature them during pre season.

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30th June 2021


Crusaders Off To Maynooth for Training Camp

As part of the pre season training the Crusaders squad are heading down south for a training camp. The squad go down on Friday 30th to set up base camp at Maynooth University where they will train and play two matches over three days.

They will loosen up and train on Friday day before playing on Friday evening against Maynooth Town (7pm) and it takes place on Maynooth University Campus. On the Saturday they will again train before playing a second game  at the same venue against Home Farm (4pm). The team will then train on Sunday morning before travelling home.

We know there will an interest from supporters about following the team down  to Maynooth and we are currenntly waiting on prices for you to stay on campus and will let you know as soon as possible.

Further pre season games will be announced in due course.


29th June 2021


Jamie McGonigle Leaves Crusaders For Derry City

Crusaders FC wish to announce that striker Jamie McGonigle has left the club and signed for League of Ireland side Derry City for an undisclosed fee.

Jamie made 66 appearances for Crusaders scoring 30 goals. We would like to wish Jamie all the very best for his future both on and off the pitch and supporters will of course give you a massive Seaview welcome should you ever play at Seaview again.

Good Luck,


24th June 2021


Season Ticket Prices Set For New Season

Club members unanimously agreed the following membership subscriptions for the 2021/22 season at this evenings AGM. Tickets have been frozen at the same rate bar the primary school ticket  which has been reduced and they also agreed to a new student rate.

Prices are as follows....

Full Member £150
Senior Member ( over 65) £70
Junior Member (under 18 but not of primary school age ) £40
Primary School Member ( Primary school age and below) £5

Student (on production of a student card) £70

Existing members can renew on the club website in the "ticket section" or can call to the club and renew in Harry D's when open.

Potential new members can apply "online" from Friday through the club website also.

Tickets bought up to and including 12th July will have a 20% rebate applied which goes on your card to spend anywhere in the McDonald Centre and Club Shop.

Tickets bought from 13th July and up to and including 31st July will have a 10% rebate applied which goes on your card to spend anywhere in the McDonald Centre and Club Shop .

From 1st August full prices apply.


21st June 2021


David Cushley and Crusaders Agree To Terminate Contract

Crusaders FC and David Cushley have mutually agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect.

Everyone at the football club would like to thank David for all his efforts and big goals over his time at Crusaders. David was pivotal in our recent successes especially the goal that clinched our league title at Ballymena Showgrounds and the goals that won the Co Antrim Shield final versus Linfield at Seaview. Some memorable occasions... David made 171 appearances for the club scoring 41 goals.

David has written his name into our history books and will always be welcome at Seaview Stadium. Thank you Cush and best wishes to you and your family for the future

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