There were two further championship titles won (1995 and 1997) whilst Crusaders also finished runners-up in 1993 (losing the title on goal difference) and 1996.
Crusaders began competing once more in the Intermediate League after the war, beginning with the 1945–46 season. In addition, the side were very successful in the top junior cup competition, the Steel & Sons Cup, winning the competition on seven occasions as a junior side (the first team would win the cup again in 2005, after relegation to intermediate football). Crusaders attract a loyal support and had the fourth-highest average attendance in Northern Ireland for the 2014–15 season, with an average of 1,275. 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. Crusaders Football Club, Belfast. 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 2012–13 season. It was strictly "no pay-no play". Under Johnston unprecedented success was to follow, with the Irish League championship trophy finding a home at Seaview in 1972–73, with the attacking duo of Tommy Finney and Jackie Fullerton scoring 47 goals between them. Dornan was the first ever Crusaders manager to be sacked. Thomas Palmer felt a name of more international significance should be adopted and he suggested "Crusaders", after the medieval Christian knights. Under current Covid-19 restrictions Seaview's capacity has been reduced to 460, Never miss a thing from Belfast and beyond - sign up for FREE updates direct to your email inbox. We are working on a full list of opportunities - please check back with us or contact us for more info. Despite this, the side saved their best performances for the league, going unbeaten from December to April and winning 12 of 13 games.  In the return leg, Crusaders earned their first ever away victory in Europe, winning 2–1 thanks to two goals from Paul Heatley, and earning their first aggregate victory in Europe. In the 1975–76 season the Crues won the league for the second time, largely aided by the goalscoring of Ronnie McAteer who scored 20 league goals in 22 games. The Crues quickly became one of the top intermediate sides in the country, and won an impressive collection of trophies, including the Intermediate League championship six times in ten years from 1923–1933. Although performances on the pitch in the 1980s were steady, they certainly were not spectacular and the club paid the penalty for not building on earlier successes. In 2009, Crusaders became the first team in the Irish League to install a 4G artificial pitch, endorsed by UEFA. The emphasis on youth continued in 2003–04 as the Crues achieved a mid-table finish, an improvement compared to preceding seasons. , Crusaders played Cliftonville on 26 January 2013 in the Irish League Cup final at Windsor Park losing 0–4 – a joint-record defeat in the competition's final.  The same season the side won their second major trophy in a year, picking up the County Antrim Shield after a 3–2 extra time victory over Linfield. Philosophy & Style of Play The CFC Way is a complete player learning system including but not limited to technical, tactical, fitness, sportsmanship, nutrition, etc. 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 1973. Summary; Matches; Squad; Statistics; Transfers; Trophies; Venue; Info Official website. We develop our players to love the game of soccer, from their first touch through all levels of competition. Crusaders biggest rivals are Cliftonville, with whom they contest the North Belfast derby. Popular veteran defender Alan Dornan was appointed as McCartney's successor at the end of June 2002 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. We develop our players to love the game of soccer, from their first touch through all levels of competition.
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In 2010, after European funding was declined, funding was secured from a private investor for the club to move to a new stadium in the Duncrue area of Belfast, near the docks (about 3/4 miles from Seaview) within "5 or 6 years". The first meeting of the Club is believed to have been held at 182 North Queen Street, Belfast, the home of Thomas Palmer who, along with James McEldowney, John Hume and Thomas Wade, was a member of the original committee. Crusaders FC’s goal is to be the premier soccer club in the greater Johannesburg area and to be the number one soccer choice for family members of our community. The 1960s also saw the emergence of some of the greatest players in Crusaders' history, such as Albert Campbell, (who was the club's most capped international player until surpassed by Colin Coates), Danny Trainor, Joe Meldrum, Walter McFarland and Danny Hale, who scored an incredible 143 goals in just four seasons, including a club record of 55 goals in the 1965–66 season, which still stands to this day.
 The return leg at Seaview then ended 2-0 to the Bulgarian visitors, thanks to a strike from Swierczok and an own goal from left-back Rodney Brown. Under the player-managership of Jackie Vernon they recovered to win their first senior trophy in the 1953–54 season by defeating Linfield 2–1 in the final of the Ulster Cup.
Crusaders - Live Soccer TV - Football TV Listings, Official Live Streams, Live Soccer Scores, Fixtures, Tables, Results, News, Pubs and Video Highlights Former player Gary McCartney took over the managerial reins in July 2000. With Crusaders election to the Irish League in 1949, the intense rivalry gradually faded away. Director of Coaching Victor Melendez, RESPECT, INTEGRITY, COURAGE, ACCOUNTABILITY, & PERSEVERANCE, FROM THE DIRECTORS DESK RENE MIRAMONTES – September Edition, FROM THE DIRECTORS DESK RENE MIRAMONTES – August Edition.