Crusaders confirm signing of Jimmy Callacher

Posted : 25th May 2023 at 12:49:48

Crusaders FC has announced that Jimmy Callacher will be joining the Seaview club when his Linfield contract expires in a few days time.

Jimmy was a hugely popular and influential player who made a major contribution to the success Linfield enjoyed during his 9 year career at the club.

Modest and unassuming Jimmy never sought the limelight that his considerable achievements merited and he bade his personal farewells to many people who were in attendance at the club's recent awards event at the Europa Hotel.

He leaves Linfield with precious memories from his winners' medals (5 Premiership, 2 Irish Cup, 2 League Cup and one County Antrim Shield) across his 368 appearances for the club.

He leaves supporters with countless fond memories and he leaves the club with the very best wishes of everyone at Windsor Park.

Audaces Fortuna Juvat

Below is a recent news item concerning Jimmy’s Linfield career.

Jimmy Callacher joined Linfield on January 28, 2014.

He made his debut as a sub in a 3-0 home win against Dungannon Swifts on March 15, 2014 and his first goal for Linfield was the winning goal in a 2-1 win at Glenavon on November 1, 2014.

Jimmy, who will be 32 in June, scored on what turned out to be his 368th and final appearance for Linfield in a 2-0 league win away to Cliftonville on April 29, 2023.

On May 11, 2023 Linfield confirmed that vice-captain Jimmy would be leaving the club on the expiry of his contract later in the month.

On May 25, 2023 Crusaders confirmed the signing of Jimmy when the June transfer window opens.

Jimmy won the following individual awards

Billy Meikle Memorial Trophy 2015/16 Player of the Year 2015/16 and 2018/19

Ulster Footballer of the year 2018/19

NI Football Awards Player of the year 2018/19

Malcolm Brodie Players’ Player of the year 2018/19

1st Newtownabbey LSC player of the year 2018/19

Jimmy won the following honours with Linfield

Irish League winners' medals


Irish Cup winners' medals

2016-17 v Coleraine
2020-21 v Larne

League Cup Winners' medals

2018-19 v Ballymena
2022-23 v Coleraine

County Antrim Shield winners’ medal

2016-17 v Crusaders

His full statistical record was as follows

2013/14 - 5 appearances (2 as sub)

2014/15 - 37 appearances (10 as sub) and 3 goals

2015/16 - 35 appearances (2 as sub) and 4 goals

2016/17 - 48 appearances (1 as sub) and 8 goals

2017/18 - 25 appearances and 4 goals

2018/19 - 47 appearances - 10 goals

2019/20 - 43 appearances - 7 goals

2020/21 - 46 appearances (1 as sub) - 6 goals

2021/22 - 48 appearances - 3 goals

2022/23 - 34 appearances (1 as sub) - 2 goals

Total - 368 appearances (17 as sub) and 47 goals
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