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Noel Blake

Position Centre back
Born 12 Jan 1962, Kingston (Jamaica)
Height 185 cm
Weight 90 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Aston Villa 01 Aug 1979 15 Sep 1982 4 0 £55000
Shrewsbury Town 01 Mar 1982   6 0 on loan
Birmingham City 15 Sep 1982 24 Apr 1984 96 5 £150000
Portsmouth 24 Apr 1984 04 Jul 1988 173 14 £0
Leeds United 04 Jul 1988 09 Feb 1990 62 4 £175000
Stoke City 09 Feb 1990 20 Jul 1992 90 3 £175000
Bradford City 27 Feb 1992   6 0 on loan
Bradford City 20 Jul 1992 10 Dec 1993 51 4 £0
Dundee 10 Dec 1993 18 Aug 1995 64 2 £0
Exeter City 18 Aug 1995 22 Sep 2001 164 10  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1988 - 1989 444 2  3  0  2 
1989 - 1990 7  0  1(1)  0  2 
Total 514 2  4(1)  0  4 

Jabba's Comments

Noel Blake was one of Billy Bremner's last signings, brought in on a free from Portsmouth to provide defensive cover. Over the next 18 months he made 61 appearances, and turned in some very solid performances in Division 2. With Chris Fairclough and Peter Haddock forming the centreback partnership as Leeds headed for promotion under Howard Wilkinson, his opportunities were limited and so he was sold to Stoke.

He's since moved round quite a bit, and became player-manager at Exeter. After making reasonable progress for a couple of years, the Grecians slipped back, and with the team at the bottom of the league, Blake parted company with the club in September 2001.

Susan says: Noel Blake now teaches PE at our high school.

anon says: Noel Blake came to my school and tought me. wot a bloke he is well funny

James "noel blake lover" edgerton says: noel blake teaches at my school he is god i love him

Anon says: I am sitting in my computer room at Longton High School know talking to him and he is a top bloke

pricey says: he is now teaching me at longton high school and he is a very cool guy.

Mozzer says: 12/5/03 Just Played in a Football-Aid Charity Game at St Andrews with him and Kevin Francis. He's still a top bloke

Oly says: He Play with us at pe an he's amazin but hes not a golie??

Joel says: Im Joel Blake, Noel's younger brother. He has always been an inspiration to me and my family and love him to the ground. Thanks for all the kind words. Who knows, the way i am playing at the moment i may have a few nice things said about me, one day bruv!

Oliver Fallon says: I am an Irishman, when I was younger back in the early 80s I woulsed to go and see Birmingham City and Noel Blake used to appeaer on the field to the chant of 'Zulu Zulu' as in the film. Brum fans loved him. Noel used to play to the audience doing a Zulu dance. Brillant ! He used to score most matches carrying the ball in his mouth. to the chant of Zulu Zulu. Best bit of football I have ever seen.

Dave Meageen says: We loved Noel in the 80's - he was the spirit of Ron Saunders team. Favourite moment was when he missed a vital peno against the Villa - Steve Mcmahon foolishly told him the score - 1 nil to them at the time. Noel did what any self respecting Bluenose would do and dropped the nut on him. Have seen Noel in the main stand at St Andrews this year. In the 80's we even registered him for our pub pool team - although he didnt know and didnt make any appearances!!

Dale Powner says: During the early nineties my friend, Andy Thompson, and I were regular visitors to the old Victoria ground. Big Noel was a great hero of ours, so much so that Andy became a collector of all things "Noel". He has newspaper cuttings, programs, shirts and even discarded tissues. He is truely Big Noel's greatest fan and would often make the journey to Exeter to see his hero before his sad departure. Noel is GOD


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