A player who had both delighted Burnley fans and destroyed
their hope, Peter Noble was a Claret with a distinctive Bobby
Charlton hair cut.
Peter Noble started his career at Newcastle United, and played 25
games for the Magpies scoring 7 goals (despite being a childhood
Sunderland fan) in a 4 year period, he was sold to Swindon Town for
£8,000 in January 1968. During his time a Swindon, he was top goal
scorer in his first full season, and then went on to play Burnley in the
Semi Final of the League Cup, scoring the winner. It was during this
game that Peter Noble suffered a broken shoulder blade, that wasn't
discovered for 5 years.
He top scored for Swindon in the 1969/70 and 1971/72 season, and
scored in both the 1969 and 1970 Anglo-Italian Cup Finals. He was
then sold to Burnley for £40,000 at the end of the 1972/73 season.
His first game for Burnley was as a substitute for right back Mick
Dochery at Sheffield United, and he remained in that position
throughout the season, playing well in a position that he had never
played before, like the true professional he was.
That season Burnley reached the Semi-Final of the FA Cup and just
missed out on an European place.
During his next season at Turf Moor, he took the place of Martin
Dobson in midfield, and his goal scoring prowess returned, and he
was top goal scorer for three of the following four seasons. He also
became Burnley's penalty taker, taking over from Leighton James,
and he never missed one of his 28 spot kicks, and Burnley's Captain
lifting the Anglo-Scottish Cup fr the club.
At 35 year old, and Burnley having been relegated to the Third
Division, Peter Nobles' Burnley career had come to an end, and in
January 1980 he was sold to Blackpool for £25,000.
Although Blackpool were to have a hard time during his playing days,
Noble stayed for 3 years, during which time Blackpool were
relegated and had to apply for re-election to the Football League.
Peter Noble finally retired from football aged 39, and went on to own
a small sports store in the Burnley Market.
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