This is how West Ham All Stars could line-up for Mark Noble testimonial

Mark Noble

We take a look at how a West Ham All Stars side could line-up for a match against the current side after captain Mark Noble was awarded a testimonial.

The 28-year-old midfielder has spent his entire career with the Hammers, having progressed through their youth season and into the first-team set-up.

Since making his debut in 2005, Noble has played 340 times for the East London side, and his dedication was rewarded at the beginning of the season when head coach Slaven Bilic named him captain.

The club announced the honour earlier this week and the fixture will take place at the Boleyn Ground on Easter Monday March 28th 2016 at 2pm.

But how might the All Star side line-up against Noble's current side?

No names have been officially announced as yet.

But based on players Noble has played with and those he has played against with Hammers connections during his 10 years in the first team along with a few clues we have put together a potential squad for what promises to be a fantastic occasion in the last ever season at Upton Park before the club moves to the Olympic Stadium next summer.

Rob Green

Played in the same team as Noble for the best part of six years and is one of the club's best ever goalkeepers. Despite a much publicised on pitch row which came to blows during a 3-0 defeat to Bolton Green looks a dead cert to be the number one for the game.

Jimmy Walker

Only made 15 appearances in five years as Rob Green's understudy at West Ham but Walker was one of the biggest and most colourful characters in recent years. Loved by everyone at the club he look certain to get the call especially after retweeting a suggestion he should be invited on Twitter.

 

Tomas Repka

Cult hero Repka was one of the true hard men of football and played more times for the Hammers than anything other club in his career. Repka left the field in tears when he played his last game for the club in 2006 and would be welcomed back with open arms, a well liked player in the squad during Noble's time.

Glen Johnson

While Noble did not play in the same West Ham first team as Johnson, he did come through the club's famous Academy just behind the Stoke City star. Johnson went on to play for Chelsea, Portsmouth and Liverpool and has come up against Noble numerous times over the years. Johnson was linked with a return to West Ham in the summer but the club brought in Carl Jenkinson on loan again instead.

Lucas Neill

Much respected captain Lucas Neill was hailed as one of the key reasons West Ham avoided relegation during the Great Escape, with Noble telling the TV cameras on the pitch at Old Trafford how influential his then skipper had been on him and the team.

Rio Ferdinand

Legend Ferdinand retired from football earlier this year but keeps himself in shape and was another West Ham All Star who played against Noble on numerous occasions. Rio is a boyhood Hammer and also spent time around Noble and his West Ham teammates while brother Anton was with the club. He recently described Upton Park as a 'beautiful place to play football' and said he would miss it when the club leaves so would undoubtedly jump at the chance to be involved in the game.

Anton Ferdinand

A teammate of Noble for some memorable years including the promotion via the play-offs from the Championship, FA Cup final against Liverpool and the foray into Europe which followed. Rio and Anton teamed up in the heart of an All Star defence for the testimonial of another West Ham legend Tony Carr back in 2010.

Paul Konchesky

Another boyhood Hammer who played alongside Noble between 2005 and 2007, helping the club to and scoring in that FA Cup final against Liverpool before being sold to Fulham.

Joe Cole

Another legend who graduated from the Hammers Academy like Noble, Joe Cole played 157 times for West Ham in two spells, the most recent of which was between 2013-2014. Noble idolised Cole as a youngster and got the chance to play both with and against him.

Jack Collison

A close friend of Noble's Collison, who is adored by Hammers fans despite seeing his career with them wrecked by injury, will be one of the first names on the teamsheet. He was one of the first people to congratulate Noble on getting a testimonial on Twitter.

Trevor Sinclair

Tricky Trevor Sinclair did not play with Noble but was at the club when he was coming through the Academy. Legend Sinclair still keeps a close eye on the goings on at West Ham and like Collison was one of the first to congratulate Noble on the testimonial, who replied telling the former winger to 'dust his boots off'.

Frank Lampard

While it may not be the best PR move if Lampard is invited, he has been before to Tony Carr's testimonial back in 2010 which he attended despite animosity between himself and the club's fans. Both have moved on since then and Noble has never hidden his admiration for the fellow Hammers Academy graduate and Chelsea legend.

Teddy Sheringham

Noble really looked up to Sheringham during their time together at West Ham and he often says in interviews that he learned a lot from the legendary striker. Sheringham went on to be a coach at the club last season under Sam Allardyce and will be one of the first names on the teamsheet.

Paolo Di Canio

Does it really need any explanation. Paolo was one of Noble's heroes as a youngster and he will undoubtedly be there with bells on. He too turned out for Tony Carr's testimonial and is one of the club's best ever players.

Carlos Tevez

Tevez helped save the club from relegation alongside Noble in the 2007-08 season and told the club's official website he wanted to come back to the Boleyn Ground before the last ever game next season. This could be the perfect chance, Tevez is adored by West Ham fans and Noble alike.

Bobby Zamora, Marlon Harewood and Carlton Cole

Three much-loved former Hammers strikers who all played with Noble for a number of years. Three very likable characters in the club's recent history it will be a surprise if all three are not involved.

Other possibilities:

Javier Mascherano, Hayden Mullins, Nigel Reo Coker and Craig Bellamy.

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