Crusaders defender Davy Magowan has some unfinished business at Seaview

Crusaders defender Davy Magowan recieves a gift from chairman Stephen Bell in recognition of his 450 games for the club
Crusaders defender Davy Magowan recieves a gift from chairman Stephen Bell in recognition of his 450 games for the club
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Quiet man David Magowan partied with the rest of his Crusaders team-mates – but admitted he has still some unfinished business to attend to.

The long-serving defender has been an integral part of this Crusaders machine since moving to Seaview from Bangor 11 years ago.

He has suffered the lows in the form of relegation, but the title success is the climax of many years of hard work. However, he still has one big ambition – to win the Irish Cup.

“It’s great to win a title medal, but I’m still one short of a full set because I missed out on our Irish Cup win a few years back due to suspension, so I still have some unfinished to complete,” quipped Magowan.

“We have won everything in terms of the cups. I suppose we were classed as a good cup team. But now we’ve proved we are the real deal by winning the title.”

Magowan has come a long way since those dark days of relegation.

He added: “We were bottom of the table when I arrived and we were eventually relegated. But we came straight back up again the following season.

“We have made an improvement every year since then. We went close to winning the title a few years ago, but were pipped by a good Cliftonville team. We’ve kept our heads down and we’ve kept working hard.

“We have been there or thereabouts for a couple of years and we were beginning to wonder would we ever make it.

“In saying that, all the players always had belief that we would get there. The manager brought in the right players at the right time. He signed Billy Joe Burns last summer and he has been a revelation. I don’t know how he does it, bombing up and down the line. I tried it and lasted about 10 minutes.

“It’s brilliant to have got over the line. The supporters have stuck by us through thick and thin, so it’s great to have them part of the celebrations.”