Catterick Crusaders

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Catterick Crusaders

Established 2007


Previously known as: Catterick Panthers and Catterick Wildcats

Founders: Steve Worsnop, Lee Worsnop

Club colours and badge: Black and Red

Current Home Venue: Robertson Rd, Catterick Garrison

Previous Home Venue(s): Northallerton RU, Brompton Lodge, Ainderby Leisure Park, Romanby.

Juniors: Yes, Cubs, U8's, U10's, U12's, U14's, U16's

Notable players: Don Payne and Craig Sykes - both England Lionhearts


Catterick Crusaders are descended from Northallerton Stallions.

Northallerton Stallions were formed at a meeting in The Standard Inn in Northallerton on Wednesday 7 November 2007. The idea of a club in Northallerton had been first discussed during a trip to the Super League Grand Final in October 2007. The main drivers at the time were Steve Worsnop, his son Lee and Jonathan Flanagan. The Stallions joined the Yorkshire Division of the 2008 Rugby League Conference. Pre-season training for the club’s inaugural campaign began at Brompton Lodge on 5 February 2008 following an open evening at The Standard the previous week. The club attracted players from Northallerton, Ripon, Leyburn, Thirsk and Harrogate the initial vision of a Hambleton club started to materialize.

In 2009, the club joined the North East Division of the Conference. In the club’s second season, they continued to improve and reached the semi-finals of the York International 9s.

June 2010 saw the club move across town to Ainderby Lesiure Park, Romanby to increase the visibility and the profile of the club and by doing so increase local involvement from players, volunteers and establish a junior section. Jason Grant MBE came on board as head coach; under his guidance the Stallions went on to become winners of the North East Plate.

In a bid to keep the playing group together during winter the club entered an open-age team in the CMS Yorkshire league Division 3 winter league. Due to ground been unavailable at Romanby, the club secured the facilities at the Garrison Pitches, Catterick Garrison. A move that inevitably saw them stay within the Garrison.

In 2011 the club rebranded as North Yorkshire Stallions to go with their relocation to Catterick. Stallions had a very productive season in 2011 winning the North East Second Division Final against Carlisle, and making it all the way to the National Final. With the advent of junior rugby at the club Stallions became Catterick Crusaders after the 2012 season and saw them move permanently to Robertson Rd within the Garrison.

In 2015 Crusaders dropped out of North East League fixtures due to a lack of player numbers but did manage to play within the cup competition, this gave the team chance to adjust and revive and it bounced back into the league in 2016 and they reached the Plate Final, narrowly losing out to Whitley Bay Barbarians. The following year they were to go one better and beat Gateshead Storm A in the final.

2022 Crusaders boast a full range of NERL junior sides as well as Cubs. It will have its first ever girls team (U13’s) and will be trying it’s hand at Masters. They have a very popular Social Touch set upon a Friday night that boasts 30+ players per week and who won the Weston Super Mere beach tag festival in 2021.