With the 2015-2016 season set to be our last at Upton Park, many ideas have been voiced about making our last year at Upton Park one to remember.
Themed matches has been one idea with each home match dedicated to a former player or manager. I think this is a fantastic idea. Players such as Sir Trevor Brooking, the late Sir Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst, Billy Bonds, John Layall & even recent favourites such as Tony Cottee, Frank McAvennie, Julian Dicks and Paolo Di Canio can all be remembered in an afternoon of football and fun for all the fans, young and old.
But what I’d like to see done is to see the club ‘un-retire’ the number 6 shirt for the 2015- 2016 season. The reason behind this is the fact that the last West Ham player to wear the number 6 shirt, in a competitive match, was Mathew Upson.
Now Upson had his critics during his time at Upton Park, rightly or wrongly, but in my opinion, Mathew Upson is not deserving of being the last player to wear the number 6 shirt. The shirt has such special meaning to so many West Ham fans as it was the shirt number of a true West Ham legend in the late Sir Bobby Moore.
Upton Park has been our home since 1904. It would have been our home for 112 years when we hand over the keys after the final whistle of the last game in 2016.
So it’s fitting that a player who was born a stone’s throw from Upton Park, and who understands what it means to be West Ham, and someone who would bleed claret & blue if you cut him, should be the last person to wear the number 6 shirt in our last season at Upton Park.
Mark Noble epitomises everything that an east end lad should do. Passion, desire, dedication and loyalty. Therefore, like him or not, I think Mark Noble should be handed the number six shirt for the 2015-2016 season at Upton Park, and give the club’s most famous number a send off to remember.
What do you think? Think we should un-retire the number six shirt for just one final season at Upton Park? Should it be Mark Noble who wears it if it happens? Leave your comments below.