Noel Bailie received another medal to add to his glittering collection last week – but this time it was something a little bit different.
The Linfield legend – who won 10 league titles with the Blues during his stellar playing career – was at Buckingham Palace last Wednesday where he was presented with an MBE.
For Bailie it was a proud day for his family as he received his award from Her Majesty the Queen.
The 42-year-old etched his name in Linfield’s illustrious folklore during a 25-year spell at Windsor Park.
Along with 10 league championships, Bailie also lifted eight Irish Cup winners’ medals and countless other silverware.
The former defender donned the famous blue jersey a record 1,013 times.
Last week’s ceremony in London was another special moment for the modest and self-effacing Linfield great.
Noel was accompanied by his father Billy and children Lee and Claire on his special trip to Buckingham Palace.
Another highlight of the trip for Bailie was meeting comedian Rowan Atkinson – star of the Blackadder and Mr Bean TV series – who was collecting his CBE from the Queen.
During his stay in London, Noel, a huge Arsenal fan over many years, was able to take in the Capital One Cup game at the Emirates Stadium against Chelsea which the visitors won 2-0.
Speaking back in June when he was told of his MBE success, Bailie said: “It was a huge surprise. I did not know there was anything like this in the pipeline.
“I suppose it is recognition for all those long, long hours spent at the one club, and I am really pleased.”