West Ham board send glowing messages to Mark Noble ahead of testimonial

Co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold and vice-chairman Karren Brady hail the Hammers captain ahead of his testimonial on Monday.

Speaking to the West Ham United official website, co-chairmen David Sullivan and vice-chairman Karren Brady have hailed the club's captain Mark Noble ahead of his testimonial on Monday.

Noble is being honoured by the Hammers for his 16 years of service as a youth player and professional by being handed a tribute match in which he will captain a current XI against a West Ham legends XI.

In total, the 28-year-old has played 358 competitive matches for the Irons, and his service has seen him rewarded with a testimonial in his honour at a uncommonly young age.

Club board members Sullivan and Brady, who took control of West Ham in 2010, each hailed the club captain ahead of his special occasional on Monday.

Co-chairman Sullivan told the Hammers' official website: "I'd just like to wish Mark a very very special day. It's very rare that somebody at 28 gets a testimonial and I hope that in 10 years' time Mark gets a second testimonial, and that he does a Billy Bonds [whose 793 appearances is a club record] and plays right until he's 38 or 39."

Brady added: "Mark, on behalf of everyone here at West Ham we want to say have a really good day. We all think of you as our captain and our leader on and off the pitch and we're so proud of you and everything you're doing."

Former Hammers stars such as Paolo Di Canio, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick have already been confirmed to feature for the 'legends' side in the charity event at Upton Park.

Noble has been the heartbeat of Slaven Bilic's West Ham side which is competing to win a first qualification for the Champions League in the club's history.

Bilic's side currently sit fifth in the Premier League table, just a point behind Manchester City in the race to finish fourth and enter Europe's premier competition at the qualifying stage.

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