On This Day: Teenager Mark Noble makes his West Ham United debut


It is 17 years to the day since Mark Noble made his West Ham United debut.

Now 34, Noble is Club captain, has passed 500 first-team appearances in Claret and Blue and is now in his final season as a Hammer.

After becoming the youngest player ever to feature for the Club’s reserve team at 15, Noble’s senior debut arrived two years later on 24 August 2004, when he was introduced by manager Alan Pardew as a 68th-minute substitute in a Carling Cup first-round tie with League Two side Southend United at the Boleyn Ground.

Marlon Harewood scored twice as West Ham, who were then in the Championship, edged past the Shrimpers in front of 16,910 supporters, none of whom would have known that the fresh-faced youngster in the No24 shirt would go on to become a living legend.


On This Day: Mark Noble makes his West Ham United debut


“To be honest, it was a little bit of a surprise for me,” Noble said, reflecting on that unforgettable Tuesday evening all those years ago. “I think it’s been well documented over the years that I was named on the bench. My Mum and Dad were in Cyprus at the time, but I was just overwhelmed and with our support there it was unbelievable. I had five of my mates there. 

“I remember the emotion of coming on in front of the crowd and playing and coming off after and being in the changing room with the first team and being in awe of everything.

“Then, realising my wife now, my girlfriend then, Carly, was waiting in the Players’ Lounge for me and we decided to walk home because it was only through East Ham and over the bridge to Beckton, it was a surreal feeling really. It’s gone so quick since then as well, really quick!”

You can enjoy the highlights of an historic night in modern Hammers history right here!


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