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Former skipper relishing Balmoor return

Fri 25 Aug 2017

 

Captaining Peterhead to the League 2 title in 2014 will always be fondly remembered by Steven Noble.

But the full-back will be in the visiting dressing room tomorrow when Stirling Albion visit Balmoor.

Noble ended his five year association with the Blue Toon in May at the end of their ill-fated season.

It was a painful way, after many highs, for the 29 year old to depart the club but he is looking forward to his first return.

Noble said: "I have had some of my happiest moments as a player with Peterhead when you consider the League 2 title, the Challenge Cup final and winning against Rangers at Ibrox."

"These are moments I will remember forever so I am looking forward to seeing some of the players as well as people in and around the club."

"I spent five years at Peterhead and had a good relationship with the groundsman Stan, the directors Harry and Ian and a few others."

"It's not that long that I have been away but it will still be nice to have a catch-up with some familiar faces."

"I am even travelling up tonight, like I did when I was with Peterhead, so it will be a like a trip down memory lane."

"It was just disappointing that my time at the club ended in relegation but the other four years were really good and enjoyable."

Noble expects Peterhead to be among the promotion challengers this season and believes his own team will also be in the shake-up.

Stirling have certainly made a flying start after picking up maximum points so far from their three matches.

The Binos will be determined to maintain their unblemished record but Noble is predicting a tough match.

Noble said: "It's a top of the table clash and it will certainly be a test."

"I know it's still early days because we are only three games in but I think Peterhead and ourselves will probably be two of the teams up there come the end of the season."

"You cannot read too much into the first few games although we have made a great start and our squad looks good."

"Going by the bookies odds and things like predictor leagues, we are tipped to finish third or fourth bottom."

"But I know we have got good players at Stirling and we aim to be at the top end of the league rather than scrapping down in the bottom half."

 

By Glenn Moir