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Irish League joy vindicates decision to leave Coleraine for Crusaders: Beverland


Howard Beverland

Howard Beverland

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Howard Beverland

There was only one happy Coleraine fan as Crusaders lifted the Gibson Cup on Saturday - defender Howard Beverland.

The north Antrim man was a boyhood fan of the Bannsiders and left them to join Stephen Baxter's side two seasons ago, and while disappointed for his former team-mates, he was over the moon to collect his first league title.

"I came to Crusaders because they are a top team, they're the best team," he said.

"It was a big decision at the time and there has been a lot of talk about me leaving Coleraine, a team I was at for nine years, but I left to win medals.

"But more than that I left to add value to a club as a whole, to represent the club well and be a good ambassador for the club.

"It's not just about medals, the motivation is to be part of a great club and give my best for everyone involved."

And he certainly has done that this season, although he admitted they were made to fight all the way against Ballymena United.

"We came up against a brick wall for the first half and for large parts of the second as well and Ballymena, like they did last year, made it tremendously hard," he said.

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