When West Ham United posted about much-loved homegrown captain Mark Noble on social media it backfired somewhat.
West Ham are finishing the season strongly.
An historic first win at bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur’s glorious new ground was followed by a 3-0 home victory over Southampton.
It means the Hammers will finish in the top half with victory over Watford in the last game of the season.
Mr West Ham, the captain fantastic
Central to the club’s improved form of late has been skipper Noble.
Often the go-to scapegoat when things aren’t going well in East London, Noble has been immense.
The Canning Town-born midfielder turned 32 on Wednesday and – with a fair wind – should bring up 500 games for his beloved club next season.
But whether giddy from improved recent results or just wanting to give Noble a boost on the eve of his birthday West Ham’s media team appeared to get a touch carried away this week.
Posting on Twitter, the Hammers wrote “Imagine thinking your captain is better than ours,” alongside a video of Noble making a great tackle in the win over the Saints.
West Ham post backfires on Twitter
For many West Ham fans there is no better captain than Nobes.
But supporters of other clubs jumped all over the post, which came just a day after Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany scored potentially one of the most iconic goals of the Premier League era.
Most responses mocked the Hammers for the comment, listing a host of examples of what they felt were better captains.
Indeed even some West Ham fans were embarrassed by it, urging the club to delete it.
If nothing else is started an interesting debate online.
Mercilessly trolled but Noble will stand the test of time
Whether that was the express intention in the first place is another thing.
Here is a selection of replies to the post as West Ham were trolled mercilessly. Although there were some complimentary comments for Noble too in the deluge.
Not that we care what other fans think. We love Noble and wouldn’t swap him for anyone. Except maybe Messi. Or Ronaldo. Well you get the point.
Imagine thinking your captain is better than ours… pic.twitter.com/dBWQfOAGwX
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) May 7, 2019
If i speak pic.twitter.com/YooqoWtyEh
— Donovan. (@RiNzLeR07) May 7, 2019
Yea imagine….. pic.twitter.com/T6DCczG4ry
— Shaun (@MCFC_Shaun) May 7, 2019
Admin taking W’s again
— Tom⚒ (@tomwhu13) May 7, 2019
If I wanted to show s youngster to be s pro I would say watch mark noble and I support Palace
— Mark Ashton (@MarkAsh27654411) May 7, 2019
— Gordon Bennett (@Bennett1Gordon) May 8, 2019
Their captain pic.twitter.com/Kjny41wD8y
— Archie (@Amtj2003) May 7, 2019
— FIZZY710 (@FIZZY710_) May 7, 2019
Your captain has 0 international caps
— Ben Rosenthal (@Ben_Rosenthal) May 7, 2019
— Shelley Johnson (@shelleyj89) May 7, 2019
Mine lifted the World Cup in the summer but whatever you say
— jamie (@jamied90_) May 7, 2019
Yea imagine pic.twitter.com/706jExEX7t
— Maciek Kirschke (@MaciekKirschke) May 7, 2019
Not exactly hard pic.twitter.com/ScKFaOfdEM
— Cameron Tebay (@TebayCameron) May 7, 2019
this tweet and the Fredericks tweet? you ok?
— Ellé (@dondeccers) May 7, 2019
Lets not get ahead of ourselves. We sound like Liverpool FC with those sort of statements.
— AJ عاطف (@janjuase7en8) May 7, 2019
Who is it?
— Zac Maddock (@ZacMaddock) May 7, 2019
— Simon (@EvilSimonnn) May 7, 2019
Bobby Moore would have been proud !! ⚒️⚒️⚒️
— Dave Harris (@DaveHarris47) May 7, 2019
swear we have a new admin
— ³ ⁰ (@MajesticMichail) May 7, 2019