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Mark Noble gets dream send off against defending Champions Man City one week after 35th birthday

West Ham United captain Mark Noble has been handed a dream send off one week after his 35th birthday.

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The West Ham legend has announced next season will be his last as a professional player.

So all eyes were on the 2021/22 season fixtures when they were announced this morning.

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Noble gets dream send off against perfect club one week after 35th birthday

And Noble could not have asked for a more illustrious send off, with West Ham set to play defending champions Manchester City in their last home game of the season on May 15th.

That comes just seven days after the West Ham skipper turns 35 on May 8th.

With that fixture just under a year away – and Covid restrictions hopefully long since a thing of the past by then – Noble should be able to say goodbye to a packed London Stadium too.

It is arguably the perfect fixture for West Ham and Noble. Obviously the fixture has the prestige of being Man City.

But West Ham and Man City fans traditionally get on well.

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And there will be no worries of visiting supporters acting up to spoil Noble’s big day.

The other big talking point from the fixture list is that West Ham have been selected to play at home on Boxing Day for the first time since moving to the London Stadium.

It has been a major bone of contention among West Ham fans that the club had reportedly struck a secret deal with nearby shopping centre Westfield to request away games on Boxing Day.

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The theory is that the alleged deal is to avoid 60,000 fans converging on the local area at the same time as hordes of Boxing Day sales shoppers.

But West Ham fans will finally get to taste one of the great traditions of English football again, unless – as many sceptical fans have already suggested – the match is conveniently moved to the 27th or 28th of December for TV.

West Ham face Newcastle on the opening day for the second season in a row – this time away from home.

And Brighton away brings the curtain down on the 2021/22 campaign for the Hammers.

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