Interview

Mark Noble tells Blowing Bubbles Monthly: I'll always give 100% for West Ham

Leading by example keeps Hammers captain Mark Noble working hard and he remains confident things will get better for him and the Irons.

Nobes has struggled to find consistency since the Hammers move to the London Stadium, and the maiden season may not have panned out as fans had hoped, but quiet determination is the name of the game for the skipper.

“I’ve always tried to lead by example, as in play at 100 per cent and give everything,” he said in an interview for Blowing Bubbles Monthly.

May's issue of Blowing Bubbles Monthly

But ranting and raving isn’t his way, even when the team is not performing as he would like and returning the results the fans crave.

“When you play with the boys there are some characters that you couldn’t have a go at during half time because they’d go into a shell. Everyone’s got feelings and sometimes, especially me, you can’t help showing them.”

Just turning-up is never an option for the long-serving local boy from Canning Town.

For many years West Ham fans scratched their heads as Noble was overlooked for full international honours, despite the likes of Danny Drinkwater and Tom Cleverley getting call-ups – yet Noble did have the chance to play international football with the Republic of Ireland as his grandparents are Irish and the team has come calling.

“I love Irish people and half my family are Irish but for me personally I always dreamed of playing for England.”

Read more of the in-depth interview with the man has made more than 400 appearances for the Irons and get your copy of Blowing Bubbles’ April issue here

Also in the latest edition George Parris says players must forget about the newspaper headlines over the HMRC raids. “What I hope is that the players keep their focus on what they are doing on the pitch and haven’t spent too much time worrying about what’s happened off it,” he wrote in his exclusive column for Blowing Bubbles Monthly.

The Hammers hero also speculates about the outcome of the Hammer of the Year – will it be Antonio or Lanzini, or is there someone else who should take the honour?

The popular monthly magazine also looks back at the great escape of 10 years ago after relegation was a safe bet in March and the Hammers propped-up the table ten points away from safety.

Fans will always adore Carlos Tevez for his goal that secured victory against the champions and ensured Premiership safety, but Mark Noble got better and better as the going got tougher for the Hammers and he was the unsung hero of the piece.

If you hear that distinctive piece of film theme tune blasting from the speakers and picture Tevez on the bike heading for the fence, remember it was Noble riding pillion.

Read Blowing Bubbles Monthly’s May issue here


Player Analysis

Pedro Obiang praises teammates as he vows to become a better player in latest issue of Blowing Bubbles monthly

Pedro Obiang has heaped praise on his teammates as he reflects on his second season at West Ham in the latest issue of Blowing Bubbles Monthly.

The midfielder’s absence for the rest of the season was one of the most depressing issues in a horrific few weeks last month that saw us lose three games in a row.

But he has vowed to return a better player and reiterated his desire to be at the heart of West Ham’s progression in our new home.

Asked about why his form improved so much this season, he told Blowing Bubbles: "I think it’s because now I know the league, I know my teammates better. Last season I arrived after playing for eight years with the same club, the same people and I was with my family, so it was easy then.

“I came here for new dreams, a new team, a new stadium and everything was different. So the first impact wasn’t very big. But this season I know everything better, the people know me, my teammates give me space, and it’s because of that I think I’ve become a better player.”

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Blowing Bubbles also contains hard-hitting columns from Phil Parkes, George Parris and David James.

Parkes says captain Mark Noble’s days should be over at West Ham. "He’s never been the quickest across the ground but this season he’s got slower and the amount of sideways and backwards passing he’s involved in slows everything down.

“He has had a fabulous career and is a wonderful club man. We all have enormous respect for him but we all come to an end of our career and I believe Mark’s time has come.”

Meanwhile Parris believes injuries to both Obiang and Winston Reid will have a huge impact on West Ham’s results and form.

“I think they will be both be hugely missed in their own way and it’s a massive blow.They both bring something important to the team but we won’t truly know how much either will be missed until we get through a few games without them.”

David James has written a piece calling for men, women and children across the UK to dig out their football shirts and wear them loudly and proudly on Friday, April 28 to help fund life-saving research into bowel cancer.

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