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Although the club’s history goes back to 2011, its foundations can be traced back to 2003 and to the 15 man code.
Since its foundation, the club have established itself as the premier club in Wales and thanks to its relative closeness to the sports western heartlands it has managed become a staple expansion club.
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Despite been a relatively young club, they have already had a number of home grounds in different parts of the region.
For there inaugural season, the club played at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham, with is a mostly modern 15,000 capacity stadium which is the home of Wrexham FC.
In 2017, the club moved to the nearby Queensway Stadium, which is an athletics stadium capable of hosting around 8,000 fans. During there tenure at that stadium, they also played some matches at Hare Lane in the English city of Chester.
In 2021, the club moved to the Eirias Stadium in Colwyn Bay, which is a 6,000 capacity multi use stadium.
The club are now based in the town of Colwyn Bay, which is the historic county of Denbighshire and has quickly become popular with away fans due to its location on the beautiful North Wales coast.
Although the current day club certainly have strong links to the former Celtic Crusaders and many fans think of them as a continuation of them, they are in fact a separate club.
The club are always easy to recognise when they take to field thanks their mostly black playing strip finished with yellow hoops.
The club’s history is linked to the former Celtic Crusaders team, whose history is linked to the former Celtic Warriors rugby union side.
In 2003, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), announced that they were going to reduce the number of sides in the country from 9 to 5, who would represent different regions.
The former Pontypridd and Bridgend sides would all but merge to become the Celtic Warriors, who would represent the Mid-Glamorgan region.
The club’s financial problems led to the WRU taking over and disbanding them, which in turn led to one of their owners, Leighton Samuels, been incredibly critical of the rugby union authorities in Wales.
A then proactive RFL approached Samuels in the hopes of him forming a rugby league side and the Celtic Crusaders were established.
Originally, they played out of the Brewery Field, the former home of Bridgend RFC.
In 2009, the club were promoted to the Super League, but financial issue led to them moving to Wrexham and been renamed Crusaders Rugby League.
Upon there disbanding, a new club was formed in Wrexham and after a fan vote, the new name of the North Wales Crusaders was picked as there new name.
They would start life in the third tier and would play out of the Racecourse in 2012, the club would also play games at the Halton Stadium in Widnes and at the Eirias Stadium in Colwyn Bay.
The Racecourse would under go some refurbishment in 2014 and that saw the club move some matches to ‘The Rock’ in Rhosymedre before they would leave the football stadium for the last time in 2017, when they moved to the Queensway Stadium.
That would be there home until 2021 when they moved down the road to the Eirias Stadium in Colwyn Bay.
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