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