I t’s a great honour to be awarded a testimonial. I was fortunate to have one at West Ham, but over the years there haven’t been a huge amount of testimonials at the Boleyn Ground. To play for a club for as long as Mark Noble has is a massive achievement, especially in this day and age.
There are one or two players at other clubs, like Wayne Rooney, who have either been granted a testimonial in the near future or are nearing 10 years at their club, but I think testimonials will soon become a thing of the past. One of the highlights from Noble’s testimonial game was Dean Ashton’s goal.
If you had been flicking through the sport channels on Easter Monday, came across the game, and didn’t know it was a testimonial, you’d have thought that was a fantastic goal. As the saying goes, class is permanent and I’m sure there were a lot of West Ham fans wondering what could have been for Ashton in east London had he not have had to cut his career short through injury..
We will, of course, never know, but when he was called up to the England squad he was scoring goals quite regularly and he fully deserved to get the call up and join the England squad. What happened was just one of those things and it was just so unfortunate to go away and that happen.