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Crusaders 1 - 2 Coleraine. Crusaders 5 - 0 Warrenpoint Town. Ballymena United 1 - 4 Crusaders. Crusaders 6 - 1 Glenavon.
Crusaders 3 - 2 Coleraine. Cliftonville 2 - 3 Crusaders. Linfield 1 - 0 Crusaders. Crusaders 3 - 1 Ballinamallard United.
Crusaders 3 - 0 Carrick Rangers. Portadown 1 - 1 Crusaders. Dungannon Swifts 1 - 2 Crusaders. Glenavon 0 - 1 Crusaders. Crusaders 1 - 0 Cliftonville.
Crusaders 1 - 2 Linfield. Cliftonville 0 - 4 Crusaders. Crusaders 3 - 1 Glenavon. Ballinamallard United 0 - 1 Crusaders. Crusaders 2 - 2 Glentoran.
Dungannon Swifts 0 - 1 Crusaders. Portadown 0 - 1 Crusaders. Glenavon 3 - 3 Crusaders. Crusaders 1 - 0 Coleraine. Linfield 0 - 0 Crusaders.
Crusaders 3 - 1 Carrick Rangers. Ballymena United 2 - 1 Crusaders. Crusaders 5 - 1 Ballinamallard United. Glentoran 1 - 3 Crusaders. Crusaders 3 - 1 Dungannon Swifts.
Ards 0 - 1 Crusaders. Crusaders 2 - 1 Portadown. Crusaders 0 - 0 Linfield. Carrick Rangers 1 - 4 Crusaders.
Crusaders 6 - 0 Ballymena United. Glentoran 0 - 1 Crusaders. Cliftonville 1 - 3 Crusaders. Crusaders 2 - 0 Dungannon Swifts.
Carrick Rangers 4 - 3 Crusaders. Carrick Rangers 0 - 4 Crusaders. Crusaders 0 - 0 Ballymena United. Warrenpoint Town 1 - 1 Crusaders. Coleraine 0 - 2 Crusaders.
Linfield 2 - 0 Crusaders. Crusaders 2 - 2 Cliftonville. Crusaders 3 - 1 Coleraine. Crusaders 3 - 2 Ballymena United.
Warrenpoint Town 1 - 3 Crusaders. Linfield 0 - 1 Crusaders. Portadown 1 - 3 Crusaders. Crusaders 1 - 0 Glenavon.
Ballinamallard United 1 - 1 Crusaders. Crusaders 1 - 0 Warrenpoint Town. Ballymena United 2 - 4 Crusaders. Crusaders 5 - 0 Carrick Rangers.
Crusaders 3 - 0 Linfield. Cliftonville 0 - 1 Crusaders. Crusaders 4 - 0 Dungannon Swifts. Glenavon 1 - 2 Crusaders. Crusaders 5 - 0 Ballinamallard United.
Glentoran 2 - 2 Crusaders. Crusaders 1 - 2 Portadown. Crusaders 4 - 0 Glenavon. Linfield 3 - 1 Crusaders. Crusaders 2 - 0 Glentoran.
Portadown 1 - 0 Crusaders. Coleraine 1 - 5 Crusaders. Ballymena United 1 - 3 Crusaders. Crusaders 3 - 1 Institute.
Glenavon 3 - 7 Crusaders. Crusaders 4 - 1 Warrenpoint Town. Dungannon Swifts 1 - 1 Crusaders. Crusaders 6 - 0 Portadown.
Glentoran 1 - 2 Crusaders. Crusaders 3 - 0 Ballinamallard United. Crusaders 1 - 0 Dungannon Swifts. Ballymena United 0 - 2 Crusaders. Crusaders 2 - 3 Portadown.
Institute 1 - 1 Crusaders. Crusaders 3 - 0 Coleraine. Crusaders 4 - 1 Cliftonville. Crusaders 3 - 0 Warrenpoint Town. Crusaders 1 - 4 Glenavon. Crusaders 0 - 1 Cliftonville.
Crusaders 2 - 2 Linfield. Crusaders 3 - 2 Institute. Warrenpoint Town 0 - 3 Crusaders. Dungannon Swifts 2 - 2 Crusaders. Coleraine 2 - 6 Crusaders.
Portadown 3 - 1 Crusaders. Glenavon 2 - 2 Crusaders. Cliftonville 3 - 2 Crusaders. Glenavon 1 - 3 Crusaders.
Glentoran 3 - 0 Crusaders. Crusaders 2 - 3 Linfield. Crusaders 3 - 1 Portadown. Crusaders 2 - 1 Glentoran. Crusaders 4 - 1 Ards.
Crusaders 1 - 0 Ballymena United. Crusaders 2 - 2 Glenavon. Cliftonville 4 - 0 Crusaders. Ballinamallard United 1 - 2 Crusaders.
Linfield 1 - 1 Crusaders. Crusaders 5 - 1 Dungannon Swifts. Ballymena United 1 - 0 Crusaders. Crusaders 0 - 0 Glentoran.
Ards 1 - 4 Crusaders. Crusaders 4 - 0 Coleraine. Crusaders 2 - 0 Warrenpoint Town. Cliftonville 0 - 2 Crusaders. Crusaders 3 - 0 Glenavon. Crusaders 2 - 2 Portadown.
Coleraine 2 - 2 Crusaders. Crusaders 1 - 2 Ballymena United. Ballinamallard United 1 - 0 Crusaders. Crusaders 3 - 0 Cliftonville.
Crusaders 3 - 2 Glentoran. Crusaders 2 - 1 Coleraine. Glentoran 4 - 5 Crusaders. Lisburn Distillery 0 - 2 Crusaders.
Coleraine 1 - 3 Crusaders. Donegal Celtic 0 - 3 Crusaders. Crusaders 5 - 1 Ballymena United. Glenavon 2 - 3 Crusaders. Crusaders 1 - 0 Portadown. Ballinamallard United 1 - 3 Crusaders.
Cliftonville 1 - 0 Crusaders. Crusaders 3 - 1 Lisburn Distillery. Glentoran 1 - 1 Crusaders. Crusaders 2 - 1 Dungannon Swifts. Donegal Celtic 2 - 5 Crusaders.
Crusaders 2 - 0 Portadown. Crusaders 5 - 1 Glenavon. Ballinamallard United 0 - 2 Crusaders. Crusaders 3 - 1 Cliftonville. Dungannon Swifts 2 - 0 Crusaders.
Crusaders 2 - 0 Donegal Celtic. Glenavon 1 - 0 Crusaders. Lisburn Distillery 1 - 3 Crusaders. Coleraine 3 - 1 Crusaders. Crusaders 1 - 1 Linfield.
Cliftonville 1 - 1 Crusaders. Crusaders 0 - 1 Portadown. Glentoran 0 - 4 Crusaders. Crusaders 2 - 2 Lisburn Distillery.
Linfield 5 - 0 Crusaders. Donegal Celtic 1 - 1 Crusaders. Portadown 1 - 2 Crusaders. Crusaders 0 - 1 Linfield. Coleraine 0 - 0 Crusaders.
Crusaders 1 - 1 Lisburn Distillery. Donegal Celtic 0 - 2 Crusaders. Crusaders 5 - 1 Carrick Rangers. Cliftonville 2 - 1 Crusaders.
Crusaders 2 - 0 Glenavon. Lisburn Distillery 1 - 2 Crusaders. Crusaders 0 - 3 Portadown. Dungannon Swifts 0 - 2 Crusaders.
Crusaders 1 - 2 Donegal Celtic. Ballymena United 0 - 3 Crusaders. Carrick Rangers 1 - 2 Crusaders. Crusaders 1 - 2 Glentoran. Cliftonville 3 - 0 Crusaders.
Crusaders 4 - 1 Lisburn Distillery. Crusaders 5 - 0 Cliftonville. Lisburn Distillery 0 - 1 Crusaders. Newry City 2 - 3 Crusaders.
Crusaders 2 - 1 Donegal Celtic. Crusaders 2 - 1 Newry City. Crusaders 2 - 2 Dungannon Swifts. Ballymena United 1 - 1 Crusaders.
Glenavon 2 - 1 Crusaders. Dungannon Swifts 2 - 3 Crusaders. Glentoran 3 - 1 Crusaders. Crusaders 2 - 0 Coleraine. Linfield 8 - 1 Crusaders. Crusaders 4 - 5 Donegal Celtic.
Lisburn Distillery 2 - 4 Crusaders. Newry City 1 - 1 Crusaders. Portadown 0 - 2 Crusaders. Crusaders 5 - 4 Glenavon. Crusaders 1 - 3 Cliftonville.
Coleraine 0 - 3 Crusaders. Crusaders 1 - 2 Lisburn Distillery. Donegal Celtic 1 - 3 Crusaders. Crusaders 2 - 3 Dungannon Swifts.
Portadown 2 - 2 Crusaders. Lisburn Distillery 2 - 2 Crusaders. Institute 1 - 3 Crusaders. Crusaders 4 - 1 Newry City. Glentoran 0 - 0 Crusaders.
Crusaders 2 - 5 Coleraine. Crusaders 3 - 2 Portadown. Crusaders 1 - 2 Cliftonville. Crusaders 2 - 0 Lisburn Distillery. Newry City 0 - 1 Crusaders.
Crusaders 1 - 2 Institute. Glenavon 1 - 1 Crusaders. Todd was replaced with Billy Johnston in early , and he set about restructuring the squad.
Under Johnston unprecedented success was to follow, with the Irish League championship trophy finding a home at Seaview in —73 , with the attacking duo of Tommy Finney and Jackie Fullerton scoring 47 goals between them.
The club also set a record of going through the whole league campaign unbeaten at home, a feat which was repeated 40 years later in the —13 season.
This led to the club's first ever participation in the European Cup , in which they faced Dinamo Bucharest and had the misfortune of setting the record for a defeat in that competition, losing 0—11 in the away leg on 3 October In the —76 season the Crues won the league for the second time, largely aided by the goalscoring of Ronnie McAteer.
Sandwiched in between these successes was a County Antrim Shield and Carlsberg Cup success in — The second championship triumph resulted in the never-to-be-forgotten European Cup-tie with Liverpool which saw the brave Cruemen fall to the might of Kevin Keegan and John Toshack among others at Anfield by just 0—2 through a Phil Neal penalty and a Toshack strike.
The home leg which followed was played before a crowd hanging from the rafters that would undoubtedly give the current health and safety legislators a heart attack.
However the s also saw The Troubles begin to affect Irish League football, with two incidents in particular affecting the football club.
On 21 August there were more than 1, police officers on duty for a match between Crusaders and Cliftonville, more than has ever been recorded at a football match in the United Kingdom.
Johnston had left the club in , and after a two-year spell of management by ex-player Norman Pavis, Ian Russell took charge of the club in While there was great promise shown initially during Russell's spell, with the club reaching both the County Antrim Shield and Irish Cup final in , they did not build on this and Russell left in Although performances on the pitch in the s were steady, they certainly were not spectacular and the club paid the penalty for not building on earlier successes.
Tommy Jackson took over in , and led the Crues to their sole cup triumph during the decade, with the club winning the Gold Cup for the first time in the —86 season.
Jackson left in and new manager Jackie Hutton had no money with which to buy players but he did the club a great service when he somehow completed the deal which brought Roy Walker , initially as a player, to Seaview in Hutton was quick to recognise the leadership qualities in Walker and saw him as his potential successor.
Walker took over as player-manager in September , two years after his arrival as a player. One of his first tasks was to apply for re-election as the Crues finished 13th out of 14 clubs.
Notable players to begin their association with the club during this era were the likes of Sid Burrows , Glenn Hunter and Kirk Hunter.
At the same time, local businessman Harry Corry , pumped some desperately needed sponsorship money into the club. As the revival began, southern businessman Tony O'Connell also became involved.
There were two further championship titles won and whilst Crusaders also finished runners-up in losing the title on goal difference and In turn, this meant more expeditions into Europe as the Crues took on teams from Switzerland , Denmark , Lithuania and Georgia within a five-year span.
The team of the s is regarded as one of the best in the history of the club, with a large part of the success revolving around the core of Kevin McKeown , Glenn Dunlop , Martin Murray, Sid Burrows, and the attacking duo of Glenn Hunter who would go on to set a club goalscoring record of goals and Stephen Baxter.
The team was affectionately known as the "God Squad", due to the large number of Christians in the playing squad and staff. Roy Walker suddenly resigned as manager in May , just prior to the club's centenary dinner celebrations at Belfast City Hall.
He was the longest serving manager in the club's history until surpassed by Stephen Baxter in October Subsequently a lack of funds saw the Seaview fortunes decline as the decade came to a close, with Dublin-based player-managers Aaron Callaghan and Martin Murray both resigning after one year apiece in charge.
Callaghan managed to lead the club to third place in his sole season in charge, but it would be many years before the Crues would challenge at such a high level again.
Former player Gary McCartney took over the managerial reins in July The team narrowly retained Premier Division status after a nail-biting play-off success over Lisburn Distillery thanks to a hat-trick from veteran Stephen Baxter in May but McCartney resigned just over twelve months later because of the limited budget at his disposal.
Popular veteran defender Alan Dornan was appointed as McCartney's successor at the end of June and the side retained Premier Division status that season under his guidance, although the squad was very inexperienced and often included six or seven teenagers.
The emphasis on youth continued in —04 as the Crues achieved a mid-table finish, an improvement compared to preceding seasons.
Dornan's next season in charge was not as successful. He was sacked just after mid-way through the season, as the Crues lay at the bottom of the table, despite having guided the team to the County Antrim Shield final, which they lost to Linfield.
Dornan was the first ever Crusaders manager to be sacked. Former striker and fans' favourite Stephen Baxter was appointed as manager but despite an improvement in results, he could not keep the club in the Premier League, with the Crues losing out to Glenavon in a relegation play-off, the first ever Premier League team to lose to a First Division side in the play-offs.
The relegation was the first time Crusaders had ever been relegated from any league, and meant an end to 56 consecutive seasons of senior football.
After their first season back in the top flight after promotion, the Hatchetmen finished in a creditable 6th place, after briefly topping the table at the beginning of the season.
In the —08 season, the Crues finished in 7th position in the League after a somewhat inconsistent start to the season.
During —09 season, they finished in the top three of the League for the first time in 10 years. The club also won their first Irish Cup final since , thanks to a Mark Dickson goal, in a 1—0 victory over Cliftonville at Windsor Park on 9 May This became their permanent venue for home matches in As a result, Crusaders entered Europe for the first time in 12 years and faced Macedonian side FK Rabotnicki in the Europa League second qualifying round.
The game was drawn 1—1 with David Rainey scoring on the 89th minute. The artificial football turf pitch was manufactured by Act Global. They played their first game on the new pitch against Glentoran on 14 November In the —11 season Crusaders challenged Linfield for the league title, after being 13 points behind at one stage.
They ended up as runners up. The Crues then entered the —12 UEFA Europa League and received their biggest draw since the famous game against Liverpool 35 years before, as the side drew Premier League team Fulham in the second qualifying round.
In the home tie the side put up a brave fight, with new signing Timmy Adamson scoring an equalising goal and striking the bar with the score poised at 1—1, before eventually succumbing 1—3.
At the same time, Seaview underwent extensive renovation, with two new stands and new seating installed, making the ground all-seater and one of the most modern sports stadiums in Northern Ireland.
The —15 season was a groundbreaking one for Crusaders. Despite this, the side saved their best performances for the league, going unbeaten from December to April and winning 12 of 13 games.
A 1—0 derby victory away to Cliftonville thanks to a Paul Heatley goal all but sealed the title,  with a 2—0 home win the following week against Glentoran with goals from Declan Caddell and yet another from Heatley confirming the Gibson Cup's place at Seaview.
In the —16 season , Crusaders retained the league title for the first time in their history, after a 3—1 victory over Cliftonville at Solitude on 19 April The team played at a variety of venues before settling at Seaview in , which is still their home to this day.
In July the original social club, dressing rooms and administration areas were destroyed by fire. They were replaced in by the present bigger and better facilities.
Lisburn Distillery known as Distillery prior to shared Seaview with Crusaders from until , after their original Grosvenor Park home was destroyed in an arson attack.
Only two finals have not been played at Seaview since then, the final and the final replay both of which were played at Solitude.
Other clubs have since followed suit, with Cliftonville installing a 3G artificial pitch the following year  and Bangor in Crusaders also ground-share with amateur side Newington.
Crusaders has traditionally drawn its support from the people of north Belfast , Newtownabbey , and the north and east of County Antrim.
From these members it elects its committee and its particular ethos, with a strong emphasis on community relations. An example of this is their local connection with Seaview Primary School , who have a long-established connection with the club through fundraisers and charity events, as well as school fetes.
However, the club's serious financial plight became very apparent in the early s and in consideration was given to changing the structure from one of a membership-based organisation to that of a public limited company.
Members voted at the AGM against such a change in May In , club members voted to become a company limited by guarantee.
Crusaders attract a loyal support and had the fourth-biggest attendance in Northern Ireland for the —15 season , with an average of 1, In the —16 season , their attendance was the second-biggest in the league after Linfield.
Crusaders biggest rivals are Cliftonville , with whom they contest the North Belfast derby. Crusaders traditionally dominated the rivalry not failing to score in home league matches against the Reds from until mainly due to Cliftonville's amateur status; since the mids the derby has been much more competitive.
Crusaders have won games to Cliftonville's 78, while Cliftonville have won 30 senior trophies to Crusaders' The sides have contested four cup finals together, with Cliftonville winning the County Antrim Shield final, the and League Cup finals, and Crusaders winning the Irish Cup final.
Brantwood who play in Skegoneill Avenue about yards away from Seaview were historically the Crues main rival when both sides were junior teams.
With Crusaders election to the Irish League in , the intense rivalry gradually faded away. Crusaders also share city rivalries with other Belfast clubs Linfield and Glentoran.
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