This week saw fans celebrate a decade of dedication and commitment from West Ham’s very own ‘local lad’ Mark Noble at his testimonial match.
Despite serving West Ham loyally for ten years, Noble is aged just 28 and still has plenty of football ahead of him for the ambitious Hammers.
Fittingly for Noble, the match was played in the final season at the famous Boleyn Ground which next year will be vacated for the Olympic Stadium a short distance away. Currently, the venue has been left empty since The London 2012 Olympic Games and the claret and blue outfit will occupy the stunning venue with a rumored 99-year lease.
Upgrading from the modest 35,000-seater Boleyn Ground to the 60,000-seater colosseum in London’s Stratford district will be a welcome boost to the already impressive atmosphere on matchday, but it will also serve as a healthy injection for matchday revenue.
So, whilst we celebrate Noble’s commitment to his local boyhood club, let’s take a moment to pay our respect to the Boleyn and wish West Ham a smooth transition to the Olympic Stadium next season.