Nobes: Emotions got the better of me!

Mark Noble has described his West Ham send-off as “perfect” but he admits that he simply couldn’t hold it together when he got onto the pitch.

The Hammers legend sat on the bench throughout the first 75 minutes against Manchester City, before coming on to make his final home appearance in a claret and blue shirt.

Of course, the Irons and Pep Guardiola’s side ultimately played out a highly-entertaining 2-2 draw on Sunday afternoon.

Prior to the fixture, the 35-year-old was introduced on his own and received standing ovations in the 16th minute, marking his squad number, and when he came on as a sub.

After the game, Hammers players, staff, and their families gave Nobes a guard of honour and the skipper then broke down in tears as he attempted to address the crowd for the very last time.

Quoted by the London Evening Standard, Noble described his final game as absolutely flawless.

He said: “All in all, it was a perfect day.

“I tried to keep it together at first, but the emotion got the better of me. It was a fantastic send-off from the fans today. It’s been a long lead-up to this day because I announced that this would be my last season a year ago but forget about me, what a season this has been for West Ham! We have rejuvenated the whole football club this year, so we look forward to next season.”


About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.