Emotional Scenes in London As Top English Premier League Player Retires After 18 Years

Emotional Scenes in London As Top English Premier League Player Retires After 18 Years

  • Mark Noble said his goodbyes to West Ham fans after appearing in the Hammers' final home game of the 2021/22 season against Manchester City
  • The game against the Premier League defending champions was the midfielder's 549th appearance in a remarkable 18-year West Ham career
  • After full-time, teammates, staff, and their families formed a guard of honour for Noble, who was then presented with a commemorative framed shirt

Mark Noble marked the end of his Premier League career in an emotional atmosphere at the London Stadium as West Ham held Manchester City to a 2-2 draw on Sunday, May 15.

Noble was making his 549th appearance for the Hammers in a career that has spanned 18-years representing the just the London team.

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Mark Noble spent his entire football career playing for only West Ham. Photo by Craig Mercer
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According to a report via the Evening Standard, the 35-year-old midfielder, who was in tears after the game, sent an emotional message to West Ham supporters whom he called family.

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“It’s an incredibly emotional day for myself and my family. I’ve got a lot of family here today and when I say a lot of family, I mean 60,000.
“All I can say is that I hope in the last 18 years I’ve done you proud.”

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Before kickoff, a big banner with Noble's name and number 16 was placed on the pitch, and after full-time, he was given a guard of honour by teammates, staff, and their families.

Guardiola sends emotional farewell message to Mark Noble

West Ham may have hampered Manchester City’s chances of retaining the English Premier League title after a 2-2 draw, but Pep Guardiola was in a cheerful mood despite the result.

According to Talk Sports, the Spanish manager congratulated Mark Noble after full-time and gave the West Ham midfielder a hug.

Gwouldiola wishes Noble will decide to remain in football after retirement as he has a wealth of knowledge about the sport that he says will be useful in the future.

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West Ham vs Man City: Pep Guardiola's men stage an epic comeback

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Manchester City's Premier League title party was delayed on Sunday afternoon, May 15, after they were held to a 2-2 draw against West Ham United at London Stadium.

City went into the clash off an epic 5-1 win over Wolves in midweek, a result that saw them go three points clear on top of the standings.

However, they were unable to build on the momentum when they took a trip to the capital, where they had to settle for a point.

Source: Sports Brief News