West Ham fans say Mark Noble deserves Olympic Stadium testimonial, suggest Spurs, Millwall and Celtic as options

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West Ham United fans have left the club's bosses in little doubt that homegrown captain Mark Noble deserves a testimonial at their new stadium next year.

The Hammers are playing the last ever season at their beloved Boleyn Ground home of 112 years before a big move to the 54,000 seater Olympic Stadium in Stratford next summer.

Earlier this week midfield star Noble told TalkSport he would love the club's first game at the new ground to be his testimonial match.

And now the Upton Park faithful have had their say, overwhelmingly telling a HITC.com poll that Noble deserves the honour.

Overwhelming response

A massive 93% (442) of fans voting in the poll said 'Yes' when asked 'Should Mark Noble be granted a testimonial as the first game at the Olympic Stadium?' with just 7% (32) saying 'No'.

The opinion of his fellow supporters will no doubt make Noble's case for the landmark occasion even stronger.

The passionate Hammer bleeds claret and blue and said it would be very special if the honour was bestowed on him.

"It would certainly be a special thing and I would love to do something like that," Noble told the Sports Breakfast when asked about the possibility of an Olympic sized testimonial.

"West Ham is a very special club for me, everyone knows that.

"You’d have to speak to the chairmen about that one."

Traditional West Ham should do the right thing

Having been in West Ham's first team since the age of 17 back in 2004, Noble has completed more than 10 years of service at his boyhood club.

Traditionally that would have led to a testimonial match in the player's honour. And West Ham are a traditional club and fans feel the club should do the right thing by their loyal enforcer.

In recent years they held a testimonial for Academy legend Tony Carr which saw former West Ham youngsters like Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and John Terry turn out.

The last testimonial before that was for current first team coach Julian Dicks, who famously played in an ill-tempered match against Athletic Bilbao at Upton Park.

Preferred opponents range Real Madrid to Millwall

Fans have suggested the testimonial could be against a host of different sides for various reasons.

Many want to see the likes of a Real Madrid or Barcelona give such an important stadium a match of fitting stature for the grand opening.

Others want to see a more traditional contest against rivals Tottenham Hotspur or even Millwall.

But rumours circulating on Hammers forums have suggested the possibility that a game against Scottish giants Celtic is in the offing, but could be at Upton Park.

With the the stadium set to be demolished soon after Slaven Bilic's side's last home game of the season against Swansea next May, that would need to happen during the current season.

Precedent has been set

And there is a precedent for that as recently as last season when Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard selected a side for a charity game against a Jamie Carragher XI in March of this year with the season in full swing.

There is  also a precedent for West Ham to host Celtic as the club's greatest ever son Bobby Moore had his own testimonial against the Scottish champions back in 1970.

Whether some Hammers fans would want to see Spurs at their new ground after the bitter fallout over their rival bids for the stadium is another thing.

And hosting Millwall for any game is always going to raise eyebrows, particularly with the Metropolitan Police after the latest severe trouble between the hated rivals back in 2009.

That meant away fans were banned from both matches when the two clubs met again in the Championship in the 2011-12 season.

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