The season started with a 3-0 defeat away to Seaview, however in recent years visits to Crusaders have often ended up in high scoring affairs, so the Amber Army were filled with some hope that under Currie and the now well-drilled 3-5-2 formation, this season could be different. An East-Antrim derby followed at the Loughshore Hotel Arena, Larne coming out on top, with Caolan Loughran scoring the ‘Gers first goal of the campaign. The first win of the season came next as CRFC travelled to the North-West and the Brandywell, James Ferrin and Mark Kelly with the goals in a 2-0 win. August finished with 1-0 home league defeats at the hands of Cliftonville and Ballymena United, with a disappointing League Cup exit to Bangor (5-3 AET) sandwiched in between.
10/08 vs Crusaders (A) 3-0 L
13/08 vs Larne (H) 1-2 L
17/08 vs Institute (A) 0-2 W
24/08 vs Cliftonville (H) 0-1 L
27/08 vs Bangor (LC) (A) 5-3 L
30/08 vs Ballymena United (H) 0-1 L
The ‘Gers cup form didn’t improve in September, losing out to H&W Welders in the County Antrim Shield, however a 3-0 league win at Warrenpoint followed, with Stewart Nixon scoring a rare CRFC top-flight hat-trick. A defeat at home to Linfield followed in what was the Loughshore Hotel Arena’s first TV appearance as the Sky Sports cameras came to Carrickfergus. The month ended with a 2-1 defeat at early season high-flyers Dungannon Swifts, Lee Chapman with the goal.
10/09 vs H&W Welders (CAS) (H) 1–2 L
14/09 vs Warrenpoint Town (A) 0–3 W
23/09 vs Linfield (H) 0–3 L
28/09 vs Dungannon Swifts (A) 2–1 L
Despite the ‘Gers taking the lead from the spot against Coleraine, the visitors went on to score 4 at a wet Loughshore Hotel Arena. A trip to the Oval followed, again the ‘Gers taking the lead with Guillaume Keke scoring, but Glentoran ran out victors 3-1. Dungannon Swifts travelled to Carrick with the ‘Gers knowing a win was crucial for their top-flight survival, and win they did, Daniel Kelly with the only goal in the first-half. The ‘Gers made it 2 wins in a row as Warrenpoint visited Carrick, a late Lloyd Anderson winner sealing back-to-back wins for the Club, and for fans a first look at our new social media feature, CRFC Uncut.
05/10 vs Coleraine (H) 1–4 L
12/10 vs Glentoran (A) 3–1 L
19/10 vs Dungannon Swifts (H) 1–0 W
26/10 vs Warrenpoint Town (H) 1–0 W
Defeat at the National Stadium started off November, with Linfield winning 2-0, before the ‘Gers picked up another three points at struggling Ballymena United, Daniel Kelly and Lee Chapman scoring in a 2-1 win. Defeats at home to Crusaders and away to Coleraine followed before the ‘Gers put on a display that sent the Amber Army home delighted, a 6-2 victory over Glenavon with goals from Jerry Thompson, Stewart Nixon, Guillaume Keke, James Ferrin, Lee Chapman and Michael Smith.
02/11 vs Linfield (A) 2–0 L
09/11 vs Ballymena United (A) 1–2 W
15/11 vs Crusaders (H) 1–3 L
23/11 vs Coleraine (A) 3–2 L
30/11 vs Glenavon (H) 6–2 W
A seventh win of the season came in December’s opener at home to Institute, the ‘Gers goals from Daniel Kelly, Mark Surgenor and Michael Smith. A 1-0 defeat to Glenavon followed on a night the ‘Gers dominated. A defeat at home to Glentoran followed, with the first draw of the season recorded on Boxing Day, in an East-Antrim Derby. The year ended with a 3-0 away win at Institute, with goals from Lloyd Anderson, Reece Neale and Stewart Nixon.
07/12 vs Institute (H) 3–0 W
10/12 vs Glenavon (A) 1–0 L
21/12 vs Glentoran (H) 0–1 L
26/12 vs Larne (A) 0–0 D
28/12 vs Institute (A) 0–3 W
During December, the loss of Jerry Thompson left everyone at Carrick Rangers heart-broken. Jerry joined the Club on Deadline Day in August, and given his opportunity a month later, he grabbed it with both hands, showing the Amber Army and his opponents what a talent he was. In such a short space of time, the impact Jerry had on our Club was immense, making the left-wing back role his own through his effort and desire to succeed, all with a smile on his face as he played the game he loved. Jerry will forever be our number 21, and we will never forget him. #JT21
The new decade started with a 2-0 home defeat to title-chasing Coleraine, before an Irish Cup clash with Ards saw the ‘Gers win 3-1, goals from Mark Surgenor, Daniel Kelly and Lloyd Anderson. A 4-0 defeat at Inver Park followed as Larne ran out comfortable winners. The ‘Gers picked up another three points at the Loughshore Hotel Arena, this time Cliftonville the visitors, as some neat improvisation saw Lloyd Anderson grab the winner. The month ended with a 2-1 defeat at home to Warrenpoint, as CRFC conceded 2 late goals, missing out on the chance to widen the gap from the bottom teams.
01/01 vs Coleraine (H) 0–2 L
04/01 vs Ards (IC) (A) 1–3 W
10/01 vs Larne (A) 4–0 L
18/01 vs Cliftonville (H) 1–0 W
25/01 vs Warrenpoint Town (H) 1–2 L
An Irish Cup tie kicked off February as Crusaders visited Carrick, comfortably winning 5-1. A visit to Solitude was next, Cliftonville taking all 3 points on a cold night in North Belfast. The ‘Gers returned to the Ballymena Showgrounds aiming for an improved performance whilst battling Storm Ciara, Kyle Cherry and Daniel Kelly both scored as the ‘Gers recorded a 10th win of the season. A draw followed at The Oval as some resolute defending helped pick up a valuable point, before the month ended with a 2-1 home defeat to Dungannon Swifts at a muddy Taylors Avenue.
01/02 vs Crusaders (IC) (H) 1–5 L
04/02 vs Cliftonville (A) 3–1 L
08/02 vs Ballymena United (A) 0–2 W
14/02 vs Glentoran (A) 0–0 D
22/02 vs Dungannon Swifts (H) 1–2 L
The new month saw Linfield travel to Carrick, recording a 2-0 win and how quickly things then changed, as in the space of 2 weeks, the country had entered lockdown, and the league suspended, with every Club having played 31 games.
The ‘Gers sat in 8th, on 32 points with 10 wins and 2 draws in the Club’s first season back in the top flight, a position that very few believed would be possible at the start of the season, though many of the Amber Army dreamed…and will dream for again during 2020/21.
07/03 vs Linfield (H) 0–2 L