On This Day: 2 February


David Noble
Date of birth: 2 February 1982
Clubs: Arsenal, Watford (loan), West Ham United, Boston United, Bristol City

Having starred in Arsenal's FA Youth Cup victory in 2000, David Noble was tipped to go on to achieve great things in his career. However, the young midfielder was not handed a first-team appearance by Arsene Wenger and chose to move to Watford on loan.

Noble moved on to join the newly-relegated West Ham United in the summer of 2003, but found his opportunities limited at the Boleyn Ground. The player would make just one start - in a 3-1 home League Cup win over Crewe Alexandra - and three substitute appearances in the Premier League before moving to Boston United in February 2004.

After impressing in Lincolnshire, Noble initially joined Bristol City on loan before securing a permanent move to Ashton Gate in January 2006. There, he has flourished, scoring twice to help City gain promotion to the Championship in 2006/07 and again in a play-off semi-final against Crystal Palace at the end of last season.

Classic Match

West Ham United 2-0 Blackburn Rovers
Premier League
2 February 2002

A goal in either half from Trevor Sinclair and Frederic Kanoute saw West Ham United overcome Blackburn Rovers 2-0 at the Boleyn Ground on the way to a seventh-placed finish in the Premier League.

Kanoute was the architect of the Hammers' opener, slipping England winger Sinclair through to beat the visitors' offside trap, trick his way around Stig Inge Bjornebye and smash the ball past Brad Friedel to give the home side a 17th minute advantage.

Kanoute, Paolo Di Canio and Steve Lomas would all miss chances to extend the hosts' advantage before the Mali international striker netted his eighth goal of the season after racing on to Di Canio's pass to the delight of the vast majority of the 35,307 crowd.

Current Hammers skipper Lucas Neill was part of the Rovers side that day. Blackburn would go on to lift the League Cup later that season, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at the Millennium Stadium in the final.