Mark Noble: Five Massive West Ham United Moments

Mark Noble of West Ham United (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Mark Noble of West Ham United (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images) /

After 18 years of playing for West Ham, Mark Noble will make his final home Premier League appearance at the London Stadium this Sunday against Manchester City.

A massive send-off for the Hammers legend is planned and here is a look at his top 5 moments in claret and blue.

5. Mark Noble’s Debut Goal for West Ham

Mark Noble’s first West Ham goal came back in 2007 in a 3-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion at Upton Park. A Luís Boa Morte cross was knocked down by Carlos Tevez for Noble to fire in. He was just 19 at the time and the man from Canning Town would go on to score plenty more for his local side.

4. Testimonial at Upton Park

During the 2015/16 season, Mark Noble had his testimonial match at Upton Park. It was a fantastic day to celebrate the player’s loyalty to the club with Hammers legends such as Paolo Di Canio, Scott Parker and Carlton Cole all returning to play. The game had it all with Dean Ashton scoring a bicycle kick, Adrain running from his goal to score and of course, Mark Noble also got his goal. Taylor Tombides also scored and pointed to the sky as a tribute to his late brother Dylan.

3. Europa League Run

West Ham’s Europa League run this season ended with heartbreak in Frankfurt. However, what an experience it was for Mark Noble to be part of the squad that went on such a run to the semi-finals. Most of Noble’s appearances came off the bench and they were many highs such as victories over Sevilla and Lyon. In Noble’s final season it was great to see a player who is used to fighting relegation battles for the club play in these European ties.

2. Promotion Back to the Premier League

Mark Noble stayed loyal to the East London club despite relegation in 2011 and helped them bounce back up to the Premier League through the play-offs during the 2011/12 season. Noble scored eight goals that season and was voted Hammer of the Year for the first time. The season culminated with a victory over Blackpool at Wembley thanks to a late winner from Ricardo Vaz Te to send West Ham back to the top flight.

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1. Final game at the Boleyn Ground

Mark Noble captained West Ham in their final game at the Boleyn Ground. Noble led by example just as he had done throughout that memorable 2015/16 season, as the Hammers scored two late goals courtesy of Michail Antonio and Winston Reid to beat Manchester United 3-2. It was the perfect game to mark the club’s 112 years at Upton Park as they moved to the Olympic Stadium.