Mark Noble’s top five moments for West Ham United

Mark Noble, West Ham. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Mark Noble, West Ham. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) /
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Carrying Ander Herrera off the pitch

Mark Noble, West Ham.
Mark Noble, West Ham. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) /

This is a moment that West Ham fans will always remember and love Noble for. It was a 6th round FA cup replay against Manchester United in 2016 and the Hammers had found themselves 2-0 down, with just 14 minutes left to play.

In the 76th minute, Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera had sat down with an injury and was refusing to get up, in an apparent attempt to run the clock down. Noble then did what many fans have always wanted to do when an opposition player is timewasting and just picked Herrera up and carried the Spaniard off the pitch so play could resume quickly.

This was met by thunderous applause from the West Ham faithful and just confirmed what most already knew. That he was truly one of us. In fact, Noble’s eagerness to resume play got West Ham back into the game as James Tomkins then headed home from a corner just minutes later to make it 1-2. West Ham were inches away from levelling the scores in the final couple of minutes when Cheikhou Kouyate’s header beat David De Gea but it was cruelly ruled narrowly offside, ending our FA cup dream.

Despite the result, it is a moment that West Ham fans loved and it just enhanced the fact that Noble is like what many of us dreamed of becoming; just a West Ham lad playing for his boyhood team. If our skipper didn’t already have legend status before this game, he certainly did afterwards.