It was double for Crusaders over the weekend as Stephen Baxter won the NIWFA Manager of the Month and Billy Joe Burns won and NIWFA Player of the Month. It was indeed well deserved for the performances of the team and individual and both where delighted with their awards.
Stephen wqas delighted saying “It was a hard month, but the attitude of the players was superb with the likes of Billy Joe Burns, Rodney Brown, Philip Lowry and Jordan Owens all playing at the top of their game.
Crusaders sit in third spot, two points behind leaders Linfield, in one of the most tightly contested title races in years and the Crues boss is relishing the challenge.
“This is a very exciting league, at the top and the bottom, and this year is different because there are five and maybe six teams all going for the title.
“We've been involved in title races with Linfield and Coleraine, last year it was Linfield and Ballymena, but this year there are only four points between the top five teams, it's incredible, and very exciting for the fans.
“Clubs are pushing the boat out, we want to mount a challenge too and I was very happy with how we went about our business in January. Thanks to the writers for their support as always in writing about our game.”
It is the 20th time in his career that Stephen Baxter has won this award.
Billy Joe Burns said on on accepting the award “I'm delighted with the month we had and delighted to win this award, although I would have given it to Rodney Brown – but I won't complain!