West Ham United captain Mark Noble has been lauded by fans after showing his true colours.
Noble has found himself caught up in an increasingly ugly situation over footballer pay cuts.
Football has found itself at the centre of an unpleasant situation amid the global health crisis.
And West Ham – with an annual wage bill of around £60million – were one of many clubs under scrutiny.
Football clubs lock horns with captains over pay
West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady says clubs face financial ruin if players do not take a 30% cut in wages during the enforced break (The Sun).
Skipper Noble reportedly took the pay cut proposal to the West Ham squad for ‘consideration’ (Claret & Hugh).
But The Mirror revealed how Noble and the other 19 captains banded together on a WhatsApp group to reject the plans, which one skipper is believed to have branded ‘disgusting’.
The players have since launched the Players Together fund to donate money directly to the NHS instead.
And now Basildon Council has revealed Noble has generously donated £35,000 to help fund food and medicines to those most in need in the borough.
Generous Noble shows true colours after ugly pay cut saga
Basildon Council Leader Gavin Callaghan has thanked Noble for his support.
“It is a great boost at these challenging times to know that our friends continue to Believe in Basildon,” he said.
“The donation will be administered by the community hub set up by the council to work with community volunteers and other local organisations to support vulnerable people through these difficult times. It is greatly appreciated.”
The gesture also went down well with Noble’s former teammate Jack Collison.
Reacting to the announcement on Twitter, Collison simply said “Legend.”
And that sentiment was echoed by West Ham fans who showered their captain with praise.
Here are a selection of comments about Noble’s donation.
Legend 💙 https://t.co/UQ5eazKtxX
— Jack Collison (@jackcollison) April 9, 2020
Captain fantastic 👏👏⚒️⚒️
— Marc M (@yazzo1) April 8, 2020
Well done Mark Noble
— George (@GEORGIE_35) April 9, 2020
@Andymcguire4 fantastic attitude
— Scott Eaglen (@ScottEaglen) April 9, 2020
Shame footballers now have to show their generosity, no doubt to be abused by some of showing off & flaunting their wealth. I’m sure many of them have been making contributions to the community for years, quietly & without fuss, expecting nothing in return.
— Ted (@charltonted) April 8, 2020
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t
— jh⚒ (@joeharris06) April 8, 2020
This is the council promoting it not the player. Think your criticism is wrongly placed.
— Mimi 🅾️+ (@mblingane) April 9, 2020