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Bakes: "Great To Be Recognised"

1 June 2013

Neil Baker says Crewe will continue to promote from within if we can

Neil Baker says it doesn’t surprise him that Crewe Alexandra’s ethos of promoting young players through to first-team level is always well received wherever we go. Baker was a proud man as the Railwaymen completed last season by naming an Academy graduate eleven against Walsall. Crewe won the game 2-0 thanks to a penalty from Luke Murphy and another wonder goal from Chuks Aneke.

Baker was also in attendance at the LMA awards in London along with manager Steve Davis and Dario Gradi to see John Bowler awarded a special merit award for his services to football.

Baker told the club’s official web-site: “I went to the LMA awards and it was in fact the first awards night I have attended in football. I am not one for those sorts of occasions but I must say I enjoyed it because they were all football people involved in the game.

“You could just see how highly Dario and the chairman are respected in the game. John was really well received when he went up to collect his award and he was greeted really warmly by everyone.

“When our home grown team against Walsall was mentioned, that drew warm applause from everyone in the room. It was nice to be recognised in that way. Everyone in the game knows what this club is about and how we try to do things.”

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