West Ham United captain Mark Noble will make his 400th Premier League appearance tomorrow when the Hammers host Leicester City.
The Englishman is now in his 16th season with the Hammers and is our 7th highest all-time appearance holder. When it comes to the Premier League, no one comes close. Aaron Cresswell is second, over 180 appearances behind.
Noble made his top-flight debut in the 2005/06 season. The 33-year-old started in the opening game of the campaign at Upton Park as we won 3-1 against Blackburn Rovers. He’s been an excellent servant to the club and we’re thrilled to see him reach 400 in the league.
In anticipation of this achievement, West Ham Zone have looked back on some of his best performances in claret and blue.
Cardiff City 0-2 West Ham – 11/01/14
Big Sam’s side travelled to the Welsh capital in desperate need of three points with relegation looming. Allardyce brought his side to Cardiff second from bottom and three points behind the hosts.
Noble was incredible on the day. He led the side to a 2-0 victory despite James Tomkins seeing red and Guy Demel suffering a serious knee injury. Noble scored in the 93rd minute to confirm the points and drag us out of the bottom three.
Coming into the match we’d lost 5-0 to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup and 6-0 to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final. Noble led us through this rough patch and eventually to safety that season, he was our shining light.
Liverpool 0-3 West Ham – 29/08/15
The Hammers won at Anfield in the league for the first time since 1963 with an emphatic performance. In his first season as the official club captain, Noble led West Ham to new heights with some memorable victories.
Away to Liverpool, he scored the second after Manuel Lanzini had given us the lead. Nobes slotted home from 17 yards past three onrushing reds defenders and Simon Mingolet in goal at the Kop end.
Diafra Sakho added a third to a memorable afternoon for the travelling West Ham fans. Noble was sent off after 78 minutes in controversial fashion, shown a straight red for a challenge in which he got the ball before the man.
West Ham 3-4 Tottenham – 04/03/2007
Noble starred in a game many consider to be the best in Premier League history. West Ham suffered defeat at home in a London derby with Spurs in which Noble played a starring role.
The 19-years-old, Noble started, scored and played a full 90 in the clash. His goal was emphatic. With 16 minutes gone, Carlos Tevez teed Nobes up for a half-volley on the edge of the box. He fired past Paul Robinson for 1-0, but as we all know, there were plenty more goals in this.
At full time, having lost 3-4 in the dying seconds of the game, Noble left the pitch in floods of tears. He always has worn his heart on his sleeve, but this is the first time we saw him play with emotion and demonstrate what the club means to him. It’ll never be forgotten.
In other West Ham news, this Leicester City Super Fan has given us the lowdown ahead of the clash tomorrow.