West Ham legend and Sporting Director Mark Noble has sent out an emotional message ahead of the Europa Conference League final tonight.
Our mighty Hammers take on Italian side Fiorentina in what is a monumental moment for West Ham with the club on the cusp of lifting our first major trophy in 43 years.
The final in Prague is set to be a hugely emotional and electric night with thousands of Irons fans heading to the Czech city to give everything to help David Moyes’ side get over the line and bring the trophy home.
Former club captain and Sporting Director Mark Noble has penned a personal and heartfelt message to the Hammers fans ahead the what could be a historic moment in our clubs history.
“Ever since that unforgettable night in Alkmaar a few weeks ago, there has been a fantastic sense of excitement and anticipation around the Club, as we prepare to face ACF Fiorentina in the UEFA Europa Conference League showpiece in Prague,” Noble told the club’s Official Website.
“There will be just under 6,000 of the Claret and Blue army inside the Eden Aréna – a stadium we could have easily filled four or five times over – but every single Hammers fan around the world will be there in spirit.”
There have been some who have questioned what Nobles thoughts are on reaching a match of the magnitude the season after he retired from playing, but the Irons legend dismissed any of that speculation.
“A few people have asked me if I feel a little twinge of bitterness or frustration that West Ham have reached a major European final the season after I retired,” said Noble
“The answer, though, is absolutely not. Throughout my playing career – and particularly once I was appointed captain – all I ever wanted was for us to be successful, and for people around the club to have smiles on their faces. That has always come before any personal ambition.
So to see the boys reach this occasion makes me so, so happy. Because I know how much it means to them, and I know how much it means to all of you.”
Noble, like all connected with the club tonight, dreams of what could be and hopes our Irons can decliner an incredible moment that we all crave.
“Tonight is our opportunity to show the world what a unique and special club this is,” added Noble. “Whatever happens on the pitch, let’s make sure we come back to London with pride. Pride in our performance, pride in our support, and pride in how we have all represented our Club.
“We’ve all waited so long for this moment. Let’s savour every minute.”