Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Honour our super Bailie

AS the grand old man of Irish League football closes in on another Premiership title, Sunday Life today calls upon UEFA to honour the most dedicated one-club player in the world.

Noel Bailie clocked up his ONE THOUSANDTH appearance in the Blues’ scoreless draw with Crusaders yesterday, becoming the first player in history to reach the milestone with one team.

Though the statisticians will argue the cases of Swindon Town’s John Trollope, Celtic’s Billy McNeill or even the great Paolo Maldini of AC Milan, the truth is that Bailie beats them all — and Sunday Life has been in contact with the European game’s governing body to acknowledge his amazing feat.

Bailie has no intention of hanging up his boots, saying last night: “I want to play on.”

He added: “Obviously, it’s up to Linfield but I’m not done yet. Coaching doesn’t interest me and I don’t want to join another Irish League club.”

In the race for the Gibson Cup, Cliftonville continue to play the party-poopers but Linfield can sew up the title if they avoid defeat in Tuesday’s Windsor showdown with the Reds.

For full coverage of our tribute to Noel Bailie, see this week's Sunday Life.

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