Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll have been almost inseparable since joining forces at Newcastle United in 2009.
The duo quickly became close friends and unstoppable allies on the pitch as the Magpies romped to the Championship title in 2009/10. The following season, the pair both scored in a 2-1 Premier League victory at West Ham United before Carroll joined Liverpool in a record-breaking £35m deal in January 2011 - the same month Nolan scored in a 5-0 win over the Hammers at St James' Park.
Six months later, Nolan was on his way to east London, captaining the Hammers to promotion in his first season at the Boleyn Ground. In August, the skipper was joined at West Ham by his close friend Carroll, immediately striking up the same fearsome partnership they had forged at Newcastle.
This Sunday, the duo return to the North East as Sam Allardyce's side travel to St James' Park for what promises to be a mouth-watering Barclays Premier League fixture - and an extra-special one for Nolan and Carroll.
Known as 'Nobby' and 'The Big Man' to everyone at the club, the Hammers pair sat down to record a special two-part West Ham TV interview ahead of their return to Newcastle. The pair discuss their close friendship, their outstanding partnership on the pitch and their feelings ahead of their return to St James' Park. Part One will be screened on Thursday and Part Two on Saturday.
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"It's going to be tough and we know that," said Nolan. "With the way Alan Pardew has them set up, Newcastle are not going to give anything away too easily. I know they have got a few injuries and suspensions and we hope to take advantage of that.
"I'm just really looking forward to it, to be honest. We had some fantastic times there, to be fair. It was a top-notch place to play football so I'm looking forward to going back and getting a bit of stick, but it's all good banter!"
Carroll has been inundated with ticket requests from friends and family for Sunday's game, but found another of West Ham's Geordie ex-pats had already snapped up the club's allocation.
"I'm looking forward to going home," confirmed the Gateshead-born No8. "I went back when I played for Liverpool [in April 2012] and I got a few boos and a bit of stick but it was all good. I'm looking forward to going back and hopefully we'll win this time because last time I went back we got beat. It would be much better if we could go back up there and get a win.
"I've tried to get a few tickets but Macca (assistant manager Neil McDonald) has already took them all! He's tried to get them all first!"
The captain has had no such difficulties securing seats for his own group of supporters.
"Macca has bought about 20-odd as it's the first time he has been up there in Newcastle for years," confirmed Nolan. "It's been the normal people for me. I used to have a box up there so I got ten for every game and this Sunday will be the same. There will be a load of my friends going for me, just like they always do.
"It's going to be interesting for Andy going back because he's a Newcastle lad and he grew up there. Fifty thousand people are going to boo us on Sunday but if we went out in the evening they would probably be around wanting pictures! It's all going to be good."