Mark Noble is relishing the opportunity to take on Tottenham Hotspur when West Ham United return to Barclays Premier League action.
The Hammers welcome Spurs to the Boleyn Ground on Monday 25 February for what promises to be an emotional evening in east London, with the club marking the 20th anniversary of the passing of Bobby Moore MBE.
A host of West Ham and England legends will be back at the Boleyn Ground, including Moore's fellow 1966 FIFA World Cup winners and West Ham team-mates Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst, and five-times Hammer of the Year Sir Trevor Brooking.
Prior to kick-off, a minute's applause will be held in memory of the man who made 544 appearances for the Hammers between 1958 and 1974. Supporters sitting in the Bobby Moore Stand will also be invited to take part in displaying a special mosaic depicting Moore's famous claret and blue No6 shirt, which was retired by the club in August 2008 to mark the 50th anniversary of the defender's West Ham debut. The match is also one of this seasons designated Bobby Moore Fund matches and the Fund will be the beneficiary of all charitable activity carried out at this fixture, including receiving 50p from the sale of every Official Programme sold.
Noble, for one, is relishing what promises to be a memorable evening.
"It will be a great game, a great occasion and a night game so it'll be brilliant," said the Hammer of the Year, who scored his first Premier League goal in the 4-3 home defeat by Spurs in March 2007 - a result that served as the catalyst for West Ham's amazing escape from relegation that season.
"I think that was my best-ever game in a Hammers shirt. I scored a half-volley after 15 minutes and, even though we went on to lose the game, it was an amazing occasion and I'll never forget it."
The No16 and his team-mates are currently preparing for the visit of Spurs at a warm-weather training camp in Dubai. Noble said the players will enjoy a bit of sun on their backs, but will be focused on re-charging their batteries ahead of the final 12 games of the season.
"We're looking forward to it but we're going to get down to training and work on some shape and that sort of stuff and then look forward to the game ahead.
"After the two seasons we've had, playing three games a week in the Championship, getting promoted and the start we had to the Premier League season, the manager believes a break and the sun will do us good, so that's what we've done this week. We'll enjoy it but we'll work hard, train hard and be ready for Spurs."
The ever-popular Noble is determined to secure three points against Andre Villas-Boas' side, if only to satisfy his fellow West Ham supporters. After losing their previous five away matches, the midfielder said the players owe it to the fans to give it their all on Monday week.
"All the lads say it all the time - the away fans are brilliant. The home fans are brilliant as well, but the away fans pay their money and travel and are fantastic all the time, even though they haven't had much to cheer recently. Last time they had loads to cheer on the road because we were winning all the time away from home, but they are sticking by us. We're mid-table and looking up and not down."
Looking back at Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa, Noble admitted to personal disappointment as his foul tackle on Charles N'Zogbia led to Christian Benteke's penalty opener.
"Obviously giving a penalty away was frustrating. When you're a holding midfield player in that situation, you have to make decisions whether to tackle or not and that was probably the wrong one. You have that dilemma of letting him go past and he cuts inside and smashes it into the corner and everyone says 'Why didn't you tackle him?' so it's a little bit frustrating."
Statistics showed West Ham again had cause for frustration. The Hammers had more final-third and penalty area entries than their hosts, delivered twice as many crosses, had eleven corners to Villa's three and unleashed more shots than the home side. Defensively, West Ham also won more headers and tackles than Paul Lambert's side.
Noble's own frustration was compounded by a second Villa goal through N'Zogbia's free-kick just a few moments later - especially as the Hammers had controlled large portions of the game prior to Benteke's 74th-minute spot-kick.
"The first 20 minutes of the second half were brilliant. We put loads of crosses in but, as it seems to be away from home at the minute, we just can't get a win. In the game against Fulham, we were 1-0 down to a header from a free-kick that was offside, got back to 1-1 and then let in a sloppy goal.
"On Sunday, I gave away a penalty and then they put a free-kick in the top corner, so it was frustrating afternoon.
"Sometimes it goes for you like that. At home, we're picking up points but away from home we're not. If you look at the game at QPR when we picked up the points away from home, our chances went into the net, but recently that hasn't been the case and we've been punished."