Noble ready for old pals

Mark Noble is looking forward to ending the Barclays Premier League season on a high by getting one over old pals Carlos Tevez and Craig Bellamy.

The 22-year-old struck up a close relationship with Tevez during West Ham United's great escape from relegation three years ago, while the former England Under-21 captain also enjoyed sharing a dressing room with Bellamy for 18 exciting months.

The Wales captain joined the City revolution in January 2009, while Tevez moved to the City of Manchester Stadium after two seasons at Manchester United last summer.

On Wednesday, the pair suffered the frustration of missing out on UEFA Champions League qualification following a 1-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, and Noble wants to rub it in by leading the Hammers to victory on Sunday.

However, the midfielder told the official matchday programme he would also enjoy catching up with two of his former team-mates.


"Carlos and Bellars are two of the best players I've ever played alongside. Hopefully, they'll both be playing and it'll be nice for them to come back and play against us.

"Hopefully we can get something against them at home. Our home form has been quite decent lately and the fans have been fantastic. Hopefully we can do it for them again in the last game of the season and we can all enjoy staying in the Premier League."

Sunday's programme contains a host of exclusive interviews, images and features to mark the final fixture of the 2009/10 campaign.

Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold look back on their first five months in charge, and ahead to building for a better future over the summer.

Hammer of the Year Scott Parker talks about his fine personal form and determination to bring better times back to the Boleyn next term, while the other end-of-season award winners - Carlton Cole, Julien Faubert and Zavon Hines - also speak of their pride at being recognised by the club's supporters.

Tony Carr and Hammers legend Paolo Di Canio talk about Wednesday's unforgettable Testimomial Match to mark the Academy Director's 37 years of service, while Carr also discusses the merits of the 13 youngsters who have agreed their first scholarship contracts with the club.

Manager Gianfranco Zola is Talking Football, Interim WBO world lightweight title hopeful Kevin 'The Hammer' Mitchell picks his all-time West Ham Dream Team, while Rob Lee is the subject of Where Are They Now?

With interviews with Cole, Carr and reserve-team manager Alex Dyer, as well as all the statistics you could ever need, supporters cannot afford to miss out on the official matchday programme.

Priced at £3.50, Sunday's issue will be available in and around the Boleyn Ground.