The PE Crusader Sports Club, situated in the historical St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, is one of the oldest amateur sport clubs in South Africa. Popularly known as Crusaders, often abbreviated to ‘Saders’, the club still holds its name proud to this day.
Founded in 1843 as, the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club, it was later expanded to incorporate Crusader Rugby Club in 1887, with other sporting codes following thereafter. Former presidents and committee members helped to build an institution of which all members of the club, our city, our province and our country can be proud. They contributed in no small manner to the magnificent achievements of the thousands of players who have worn this club’s colours. The players, of course, are the ones who built this legacy, the tradition and the reputation that have made the Crusader club famous in many countries.
Today the club boasts a host of sporting codes, including cricket (established 1843), rugby (established 1887), hockey (established 1902 as PE Men’s Hockey Club), squash and road running.
The club premises double up as the city’s international cricket venue, St George’s Park, the field where South Africa played their first cricket and rugby Tests in 1888-1889 and 1891 respectively. The ground continues to host provincial and international cricket matches by the Warriors franchise, EP cricket and SA Proteas teams.