Hammers captain Mark Noble left a 300 word letter for every member of the press at his West Ham farewell and here’s what it said.
West Ham held title-chasing Man City to a 2-2 draw at the London Stadium in what proved to be a scintillating farewell for Noble.
This was Noble’s final appearance in front of his home crowd as he retires next weekend.
West Ham did him proud, taking a 2-0 lead through two excellently taken goals from the irrepressible Jarrod Bowen.
City showed their class and winning mentality as they emerged after half-time determined to turn the game around and take a step closer to a fourth title in five years.
West Ham were sitting deep and conceded two goals before Lukasz Fabianski saved a last gasp Man City penalty to ensure it ended honours even.
Noble came on for the final minutes as West Ham held one of the best teams in world football and it kept the title race alive until the final day.
After the game Man City boss Pep Guardiola rushed over to Noble on the pitch for a long embrace and the Spaniard imparted some words of wisdom on the east London legend.
Tributes have been flooding in from all corners of the game for the departing West Ham skipper.
Incuding the press box.
Noble has been hailed recently after it came to light that he sweeps the changing room after every single West Ham away game.
And he showed his class yet again on Sunday, this time with the journalists and photographers attending his farewell.
Mark Noble left 300 word letter for every member of the press at West Ham farewell and here’s what it said
Because it has emerged that Noble left a 300 word letter for every member of the press at his West Ham farewell and here’s what it said.
“Good afternoon and welcome to London Stadium, I would like to thank you for being here to cover today’s fixture – my final home match after 18 vears as a first team player at West Ham United,” Noble said in the letters left for reporters, broadcasters and photographers in attendance.
“There have been many ups and downs throughout that period, but I can honestly say that I am so grateful for the career and the opportunities I have had. I’ve lived my dream, playing for and captaining the team I supported as a boy, and to have made almost 550 appearances in a claret and blue shirt is something that gives me such immense pride.
“To be finishing on my terms, after such a positive and memorable season for the Club, with so many great memories and moments, is a wonderful feeling.
“However much of my journey you have covered as a reporter or a photographer- and I know that some in the press room today have been there since the very start – I hope you have always found me to be fair, honest and approachable.
“I’ve have always had great respect for the job that you do in telling the stories and capturing the images of the game that we all love, and I thank you for your coverage throughout my career.
“Enjoy the match today and have a great summer.
“With love and best wishes, Mark Noble.”
French football journalist Julien Laurens took to Twitter to reveal the Noble gesture saying: “Great touch by Mark Noble.”