Wednesday, 24 November 2010

199 Noel Luke

Noel  is  the  guy  in  the  leather  jacket

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.

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