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Clever Crusaders not finished yet

By Scott Young

The team Stephen Baxter calls the 'wee club from the Shore Road' have hit the big time and it's really hard to take in how Crusaders have progressed in the last 10 years.

Size really doesn't matter when it comes to the Irish League.

The Crues don't have the biggest support in the league, but what they do have is an ambitious and forward thinking board that has backed someone who has matured into the Irish League's best manager.

The pitch, while not loved by everyone in the league, has generated significant revenue and now they are on the brink of a historic back-to-back title triumph.

And that will happen because the title race is over. But you can't help but cast your mind back to 11 years ago when the Crues were relegated to the Intermediate League and no-one, Stephen included, would have dreamed of the success they have enjoyed since then. What the club has achieved is really mind-boggling and what are they going to do next?

In fact both the north-Belfast clubs deserve huge credit for smashing the Big Two stranglehold on the trophies, despite not having huge resources.

The Crues are an example to other clubs.

Get things right off the pitch and with the right work ethic and right man in charge you can live the dream.

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