West Ham United: top 30 players - Number 30

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As we start our countdown of West Ham United's greatest ever players, it says something about the club that this man can only make it in at number 30.

Mark Noble will play his testimonial for his beloved Hammers later this month after 10 years loyal service in East London.

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 352 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.

Homegrown hero is penalty king

With 34 goals in that time Noble is also one of the club's best ever penalty takers.

In fact in 2014 he was ranked in the top five penalty takers in the top European leagues and was in the top 10 in the world based on the percentage of penalties successfully converted since 2009.

A good measure of his standing among West Ham fans is the fact Noble has won the prestigious Hammer of the Year award twice, in 2012 and 2014.

Noble has played under a host of managers during his decade in and around the club including Alan Pardew, Alan Curbishley, Gianfranco Zola, Avram Grant, Sam Allardyce and now Bilic.

It was Pardew who gave the tigerish young midfielder his debut back in 2004.

Captain reliable

Born a stone's throw from the club's Boleyn Ground, it was a dream come true for this homegrown Hammers hero.

His volley against Tottenham in that famous 4-3 defeat which kickstarted the Great Escape is as fondly remembered as the tears he shed on leaving the pitch.

Noble has played more Premier League games for West Ham than any other player after overtaking Steve Potts' previous record of 204 appearances in November 2014.

He is a player that generates something of a divide among West Ham fans in terms of his quality. Some feel he is a key player and should be the first name on the teamsheet while others argue he is limited, lacks pace and should not be considered first choice.

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