In today's blog we offer an exclusive behind-the-scenes insight into one of our latest high profiles awards: a special commission by Premier League football club West Ham United. The Creative Awards team are proud to have worked in close collaboration with the esteemed club to celebrate the 400 appearances made by club captain, all-round legend and thoroughly lovely chap Mark Noble.
Becoming only the 19th player in West Ham history to reach the fabled '400 club', Mark's achievement was celebrated by both club and fans at the recent home game against Everton. Presented by club legend Sir Trevor Brooking, Mark received his bespoke award in front of a packed home crowd at the world famous London Stadium.
Mark has been with the club for the entirety of his career and joined the West Ham academy as a 13-year-old. Born in Canning Town, the local lad and supporter emerged from the ranks of the academy and, in 2003, became the youngest ever West Ham player to appear in the reserve team at the age of 15. Two years later "Nobes" would go on to make his Hammers debut in August 2004. Mark has enjoyed the highs of two play-off promotions, endured a heartbreaking relegation, and has come out the other side as captain and a living legend of the club. Mark truly is Mr West Ham.
Mark made his debut for the senior squad as a second-half substitute in the Hammers 2-0, Third Round League Cup, victory against Southend United on 24 August 2004. Mark's league debut came later that season, aged just 17, against Wolverhampton Wanderers. He would also come on as a second half substitute in West Ham’s 1-0 Play-off Final victory over Preston in May 2005.
Known for his all round ability as a defensive midfielder and tenacious attitude, Mark has won accolades from many within the game. A highly flexible player, Noble is known for his passing ability, leadership and love of getting stuck in.
In a recent interview with ex-team mate Jack Collinson Mark remarked: "You don't ever get time to look back at the past because you're always under pressure to win the next game.
"So to look back at the memories I've had as a West Ham player, especially having been brought up around the corner and been to games as a fan, then to captain the last-ever game at the Boleyn and the first-ever game at the new stadium is something that doesn't happen to a lot of people, and I was lucky enough to be one of them."
The custom made trophy is a minimalist design created from black and clear glass. The finished body is ingrained with gold, drawing attention to both Mark and the club. The choice of gold adding that extra touch of celebration to the award.