Jordan Owens (footballer)

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Jordan Owens
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-07-09) 9 July 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 20
Youth career
2005–2008 Crusaders
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008– Crusaders 430 (182)
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 18:00, 2 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:25, 27 May 2011

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.

Club career[edit]

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.

International career[edit]

He has represented Northern Ireland at U19, U21, and U23 level, scoring for the U23s against Poland [6][7] 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.[8] He made his debut against Wales, coming on in the 79th minute.[9]