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Jordan Owens (born 9 July 1989) is a footballer from Northern Ireland who currently plays for NIFL Premiership side Crusaders as a striker.[1] He is the club's all-time top goalscorer, having surpassed the record held by Glenn Hunter in January 2016.

Jordan Owens
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-07-09) 9 July 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Crusaders
Number 20
Youth career
2005–2008 Crusaders
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008– Crusaders 328 (167)
National team
2007–2008 Northern Ireland U19 2 (1)
2008–2010 Northern Ireland U21 2 (0)
2010 Northern Ireland U23 2 (1)
2011 Northern Ireland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 November 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 May 2011

Club careerEdit

Owens came up through the Crusaders youth system, and after impressive displays for the reserves, he made his debut towards the end of the 2007/08 season, scoring his first goal against Larne.[2] He also scored the opening goal in a 4–1 Irish Cup semi-final victory over Institute to take the Crues into their first Irish Cup final in 29 years,[3] and repeated the feat in 2011, scoring against Portadown in another Irish Cup semi final.[4]

In the 2014–15 season he hit 30 goals as Crusaders finished as league champions. In January 2016 he scored against Rathfriland Rangers to break the Crusaders goalscoring record of 157, held since 1997 by Glenn Hunter.[5] He is also the all-time top goalscorer in North Belfast derby matches with Crusaders' nearest rivals Cliftonville.[citation needed]

On 6 March 2018, Owens scored a hat-trick in a league match against Glenavon to surpass 200 goals for Crusaders, becoming the first player to reach this milestone for the club.[6]

International careerEdit

He has represented Northern Ireland at U19, U21, and U23 level, scoring for the U23s against Poland [7][8] He received a call-up to the full squad, along with team-mates Stuart Dallas and Colin Coates, for the 2011 Nations Cup games against Republic of Ireland and Wales.[9] He made his debut against Wales, coming on in the 79th minute.[10]

Career statisticsEdit

Club statisticsEdit

As of match played on 11 March 2019.
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crusaders 2008–09 13
2009–10 32 8 2[a] 1 34 9
2010–11 32 18 0 0 3 1 1[b] 0 36 19
2011–12 34 9 4 1 3 3 2[a] 0 4[b] 0 47 13
2012–13 33 17 4 1 4 1 2[a] 0 2[b] 0 45 19
2013–14 37 16 3 3 4 3 2[a] 2 2[b] 0 48 22
2014–15 37 26 3 0 1 0 4[a] 1 45 27
2015–16 37 18 2 0 1 0 4[c] 1 1[d] 0 45 18
2016–17 37 20 1 0 1 0 2[c] 0 2[e] 1 43 21
2017–18 35 17 1 0 3 0 2[a] 1 4[f] 0 45 18
2018–19 19 5 2 2 2 2 2[c] 0 0 0 25 9
Career totals 333 167 20 7 22 10 22 6 16 1 413 191
Reference:[11]
  1. ^ a b c d e f Appearances in the UEFA Europa League.
  2. ^ a b c d Appearances in the Setanta Sports Cup.
  3. ^ a b c Appearances in the UEFA Champions League.
  4. ^ Appearances in the NIFL Charity Shield.
  5. ^ Appearances in the NIFL Charity Shield and Scottish Challenge Cup.
  6. ^ Appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup.

International goalsEdit

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Crusaders 1st Team Squad". Archived from the original on 22 January 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Fixtures / Results / Scorers 2007/2008". Archived from the original on 12 March 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Carling Premiership". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  4. ^ "Crusaders 3–1 Portadown". BBC Sport. 9 April 2011.
  5. ^ IRISH CUP: Jordan Owens breaks goalscoring record as Crues defeat Rathfriland Rangers News Letter, 9 January 2016
  6. ^ "Jordan Owens sends out ominous statement of intent after joining 200-goal club". Belfast Live. MGN. 8 March 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Northern Ireland survive scare to secure Milk Cup final date". Belfast Telegraph. Independent News and Media. 31 July 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Irish FA". Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
  9. ^ "Trio handed first call-up for NI". BBC Sport. 17 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Wales 2–0 N Ireland". BBC Sport. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  11. ^ "J. Owens". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 18 November 2018.