Paddy Crozier

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Paddy Crozier
Personal information
Irish name Pádraig Crúiseír
Sport Gaelic football
Born Ballymaguigan
Occupation Electrician
Club management

Years Club
Early 1990s
Early 1990s
Donegal (Philadelphia)
Omagh St. Enda's
Inter-county management

Years County
1995-1996 & 2000-?
Derry minors
Derry Under 21s
Inter-county titles

County League Province All-Ireland
Derry minors (1st term)
Derry minors (2nd tem)

Paddy Crozier (Irish: Pádraig Crúiseír) is an Irish Gaelic football manager and former player who managed Derry between 2006 and 2008, guiding the county to a National League title. He has also managed a number of club teams and Derry underage teams. Crozier currently manages Omagh St. Enda's. He was a distant relation of former Derry manager Eamonn Coleman.[1]

Managerial career[edit]


Paddy Crozier and Derry captain Kevin McCloy celebrate winning the 2008 National League

Crozier was manager of the Derry Minor side that won the 1995 Ulster Minor Championship and finished runners-up to Westmeath in that year's All-Ireland Minor final.[1] He rejoined the management team in 2000 under Chris Brown and Derry won the 2000 and 2002 Ulster Minor Championships, as well as the 2002 All-Ireland Minor Championship.[1]

Having previously served terms as selector,[2] Crozier was appointed manager of the Derry Senior team in October 2005 for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons.[3] As well as the Senior job, he also took on the role of Under 21 manager for the three seasons.

He managed Derry to success in the 2008 National League, defeating Kerry in the final.[4][5] He was awarded BBC Radio Foyle - Bank of Ireland Sports Personality of the Month for April 2008.[6]

There was much speculation with regards to Cozier's future as Derry boss following their 2008 All-Ireland Qualifier Round 1 defeat to Monaghan, but county PRO Sean Gunning said on 5 August 2008 "Paddy Crozier continues to have the full backing and support of Derry County Board, players and genuine Derry supporters".[7] The statement also condemned any criticism of the players and management team and added "We are proud Paddy Crozier has delivered an All-Ireland Senior football title to his native county". Crozier announced in late August that he was stepping down from the role after three years in charge.[8]


While living in the United States Crozier managed the Donegal side in Philadelphia. He led them to success in two North American Senior Football Championships.[1] Upon returning to Ireland Crozier managed his home club Ballymaguigan and led them to the Derry Intermediate Championship and league double in 1993.[1]

In 1996 Crozier took up the role of Lavey manager alongside Henry Downey.[1] They led the club to the Derry Championship final in 1998, but were defeated by Bellaghy. Between 2003/4? and 2005 he managed Dungiven.[1]

In December 2009 Crozier was announced as the new manager of Tyrone club side Omagh St. Enda's for the 2010 season.[9]

Playing career[edit]


Crozier represented Derry at Minor, Under 21 and Senior level.[3]


Paddy Crozier played club football for his native Ballymaguigan - winning the 1971 Derry Intermediate Championship were among his playing honours with the club.[10] He also won a Dublin Senior Football Championship medal with the Civil Service side in 1980.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Heaney, Paddy (6 October 2005). "'New face' Crozier nets Oak Leaf job". The Irish News. Archived from the original on 23 January 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2008. 
  2. ^ Campbell, John (6 October 2005). "Crozier is new Derry manager". The Belfast Telegraph. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Crozier gets Derry football job". BBC Sport Online. 5 October 2005. Retrieved 1 April 2008. 
  4. ^ "Derry 2-13 Kerry 2-09 2008 National League Final report". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 30 April 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "Derry 2-13 Kerry 2-09 2008 National League Final report - Derry GAA website". Derry GAA website. Retrieved 27 April 2008. 
  6. ^ "Crozier claims Radio Foyle award". BBC Sport Online. 26 May 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "Derry board 'backs' boss Crozier". BBC Sport Online. 5 August 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2008. 
  8. ^ "Crozier steps down from Derry job". BBC Sport Online. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2008. 
  9. ^ "Paddy Crozier replaces McElhom as Omagh St Enda's boss". BBC Sport Online. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Ballymaguigan GFC Match Reports". Official St. Trea's GFC Ballymaguigan website. Archived from the original on July 4, 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2008. 
  11. ^ Hickey, Paddy (6 October 2005). "Derry put faith in quiet man Crozier". Irish Independent. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 

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Preceded by
Mickey Moran
Derry Senior Football Manager
Succeeded by
Damian Cassidy