Noble’s special gift to Afghan veteran

PAY-JS115754050Mark Noble handed a surprise gift to an Afghan veteran when he bumped into a group who were visiting the  Chadwell Heath training ground..

And the captain made sure it became a very special day for lifelong Hammer Matty Wollard, who lost his right leg while on his first tour with the Royal Anglian Regiment in Afghanistan.

“It was great to meet him and the other players as I’m a big West Ham fan,” said the 28-year-old from Colchester

“He had to leave pretty quickly but after he’d gone someone gave me a bag and said ‘he wanted you to have these’. It was a pair of signed boots.”

Blesma provides rehabilitation for limbless veterans, alongside regular financial support if necessary.


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9 comments on “Noble’s special gift to Afghan veteran

  1. Top man Mattie proud of ya son. Also, well done Mark for aknowledging his sacrifice. Good luck for the future Matt,hope everything comes good for ya. You deserve it Bruv. COYI X

  2. Yep proud of you Matte,i had a mate lost a leg in a car accident about a year ago,he has a prosthetic now and jesus its a long hard slog for these guys to get back up and about again.
    Good luck for the future mate 😉

  3. Echo the thoughts proud of you and well done Nobes for taking time out to make his day.

  4. I know plenty of lads in the army through my brother and I can confidently predict he will get a shedload of stick from his pals because he has been given a PAIR of boots! Nice one Marty, nice one Nobes, I hope Nobes has a storming match today.

  5. When you read stories like this about another fan who has gone through a rough trot it really makes you realise how trivial and pathetic all the owner,stadium,team b1tching is.
    So we lost our old ground and we now sit in a new one for 180 minutes of our lives every two or three weeks….Wow big deal!!!
    Best wishes to you Matte dude,i hope whatever you do in the future brings you happiness and success.

    • Well said Swanie but be careful as Hughie and Iain Dale will make this comment into a joint article for the sisterhood site.

      • Yes and then you will have the same dummy sucking moron coming out with the “but we must respect our wonderful board and doft our cap to them” poo everytime the owners our mentioned.He has the wrong name because he certainly isnt original lol

  6. Well said Swanie & another good touch from Noble. Would be nice to see him back on form.

  7. Yes Swanie you have not just hit but hammered the nail on the head.
    A thumbs up from the old bugger.
    I really hope things work out for you in the future Matte,best wishes young ‘un and when you are properly up and running we could do with a right back matey lol

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