Formed in 2012, North Wales Crusaders play in the Betfred League One. Based at the Queensway Stadium, Wrexham, the club has lifted three trophies as well as reaching numerous finals since its formation.
On January 20th 2012 North Wales Crusaders played their first ever game in the shape of a friendly against Leigh East. In their inaugural season the Wrexham based side enjoyed an eighth placed finish winning seven out of their 18 league games.
2013 saw the club crowned champions loosing just two games on their way to the league title. They also enjoyed success in the Northern Rail bowl with a victory over London Skolars clinching the double for Clive Griffiths’ side.
Stepping up into the Championship following a successful 2013, the Crusaders finished in a respectable 11th. However, due to a league re-structure taking place this wasn’t enough to keep the club in the division as they were relegated along with five other teams.
Dropping back into an expanded League 1, the side did well to finish in fifth place in 2015. Under the leadership of Anthony Murray, who had taken the reins in June 2014, the Crusaders won 14 of their 22 league game and also lifted the iPro Sport cup following a victory over Swinton at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road.
At the start of 2016 the club announced cuts to its playing budget though they retained a large majority of their 2015 squad. A competitive season saw the side finish in 10th place before going on to lose the League 1 shield final in a tightly contested game with Newcastle Thunder.
Following the departure of Anthony Murray at the end of 2016, the club moved quickly to appoint former Newcastle Thunder assistant coach, Mike Grady.
Grady led the Welsh outfit to a ninth placed finish in the regular season as well as reaching the League One Cup final in Blackpool where they were narrowly beaten by Barrow Raiders.
The 2018 season saw North Wales Crusaders endure a tough start to their season which resulted in the club parting ways with Grady with Anthony Murray returning to the role of head coach.
Murray led Crusaders to a 10th placed finish with notable away victories over Whitehaven and Newcastle Thunder.