Stephen Baxter (c) Presseye

BAXTER HONOURED IN NEW YEARS LIST

Crusaders’ long serving manager Stephen Baxter has been included in the Queen’s New Years Honours list.

The 53-year-old boss who guided the Crues to the Danske Bank Premiership last season has been awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) for his services to football in Northern Ireland.

Baxter told the official Crusaders website: “To get something like this at a later stage in your life, for all your efforts and all of the things you’ve achieved is very special,”

“Winning championships and local awards is great, but this is the icing on the cake. I think we’re a dedicated race. I think as Northern Irish people we try harder and I think that’s why we have the success.”

Stephen Baxter took charge of Crusaders in 2005 after a stellar playing career with Linfield, Distillery, Glenavon, Bangor and the Crues. He has led the Seaview side to three Gibson Cups, one Irish Cup and the Setanta All-Ireland Cup during his tenure – making him the most successful manager in the club’s history.

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