The West Ham under-18s did something earlier this season that really angered Mark Noble.

Mark Noble was in attendance at the Emirates last night as the West Ham under-18s beat Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup final.

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That was the first time we have won that trophy since Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and co lifted it in 1999.

The Hammers clearly have a really special group of talented youngsters coming through the ranks at the London Stadium at this moment in time.

However, it seems as though there were still things that needed to be drummed into them earlier this season by Noble…

West Ham under-18s did something that really angered Mark Noble

The former Hammers skipper took up his role as the club’s Sporting Director in January. One of his main remits is to get the best out of the West Ham youth teams.

That includes making the young starlets better people off the pitch as well as improving them them as players.

The Evening Standard outlined how Noble had to teach them a valuable lesson earlier this season:

West Ham under-18s did something that really angered Mark Noble
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Noble also remains, as he was in his days as club captain, standard-setter-in-chief. Earlier this season, when the U18 side left their changing room in a state, he made clear that it wasn’t on (“It wasn’t quite as nice as that!”) and the place has been spotless since.

Having someone like Noble share his experiences with the under-18s will be absolutely vital for them all going forward, as they look to leave their mark on the game at senior level.

Last night’s FA Youth Cup final win was tremendous for everyone involved with the Hammers.

This group of young las that we have coming through at the London Stadium are truly very special in my opinion.

Mark Noble would have been really proud of the West Ham under-18s after the 5-1 win, and if they left the Emirates dressing room in immaculate condition, it would have pleased him equally.


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