Stop what you are doing West Ham United fans because this is one of the best videos you will see all week.

West Ham supporters know that their captain Mark Noble bleeds claret and blue.

There have been countless examples and stories highlighting just how much West Ham means to Noble over the years.

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Now in his final season, the skipper’s role goes way beyond what he contributes on the pitch.


Noble has been known to go above and beyond.

Whether that is turning up to watch academy matches, involvement in charity and community projects or giving advice and encouragement to teammates, new signings and young players making their way in the game.

West Ham fans have a saying ‘once a Hammer, always a Hammer’.

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And Noble showed the true meaning of that when he turned out on a cold and wet Tuesday night to watch former West Ham academy striker Oladapo Afolayan playing for Bolton against Charlton.

Afolayan scored for West Ham on his only senior appearance for the club in a 4-0 FA Cup win over Doncaster last season.

He was not part of David Moyes’s plans and was allowed to leave for Bolton following a loan spell.

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And Dapo seemed to be inspired by his former captain’s presence as he scored in a 4-1 Bolton win at The Valley.

It clearly meant a lot to Afolayan that Noble was there to watch him play.

That’s after a video has emerged on social media showing the ex West Ham striker jumping over the railings and running into the terraces at the end of the game to embrace Noble as they had a chat and posed for pictures together.

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The person filming the video exclaims ‘It’s Noble’ when they realise who Afolayan had jumped over the railings to see.

What a brilliant gesture from Noble to keep tabs on a former West Ham academy player.

A touch of class from our much-loved skipper. And he is clearly made for a club ambassador role at the very least when he hangs up his boots.

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