Wednesday, 24 November 2010
199 Noel Luke
Position : Winger
Played : 1992-93
Appearances : 3
Goals : 0
With the season as good as over, our only transfer activity on deadline day 1993 was to offer a trial to this lower division stalwart who had been abruptly discarded by First Division Peterborough despite featuring regularly for them right up to the previous Saturday’s game. Noel’s career began in the old First Division making 9 appearances for West Brom before moving on to Mansfield in 1985. He played 50 games for them and scored 9 goals including a memorable one against us in the fog-bound game at Field Mill in 1985-6 when he suddenly appeared out of the murk with the ball at his feet and slotted it home. He moved to Peterborough in 1987 and became their fourth-highest appearance maker with 277 League games up to his sudden departure.
Noel, still only 28 , made his debut for us at home to Colchester but looked very sluggish and was taken off after only half an hour (we scored almost before his arse touched the bench). He wasn't even on the bench for the next game but returned for his only full game , a dismal 1-0 home defeat to Barnet. After one more substitute appearance in a 5-1 hammering at Scunthorpe he was sent on his way.
Noel went to Boston and also played for King's Lynn before hanging up his boots. He now works in the licensing trade and was landlord of The Posh near Peterborough's ground for a while.