Peter Noble (born 19 August 1944 in Sunderland) is a retired football forward.
Noble began his career with Consett where he combined a career in
painting and decorating with football. After an impressive season
with a record breaking Consett side he was signed for nearby giants
Newcastle United FC where he made 25 appearances.
Noble signed for Swindon Town
1968 for £8,000 and made his debut as a substitute in a 3-0 win
at the beginning of
In the following season he scored sixteen league goals and was the
club's top scorer, but his main contribution was to the successful
campaign. He played
in every match en route to the Final
. Noble scored four
goals, including the extra time winner in the semi-final replay
. He only discovered five
years later that he had suffered a broken shoulder blade in that
game.In the final Swindon beat First Division giants Arsenal 3-1 in
one of the greatest giant killing feats of all time.
He was the club's top scorer again in 1969/1970 with twelve goals
and once more in 1971/1972, with fourteen. He also scored in both
the 1969 Anglo-Italian League
Final and the 1970
Final where he lined up against Roma and one
Fabio Capello. (The Italian later stated that the experience of
playing and losing to Swindon led to his enduring respect for the
English game and the beginning of a long term ambition to manage
the English national side). Noble left Swindon at the end of the
1972/1973 season, when Burnley paid £40,000 for his services.
Burnley originally played him in the fullback position before
eventually moving him up into midfield, and he became their top
scorer for three of the following four seasons. He also became the
team's penalty taker. Noble was and always has been a firm
favourite with the Turf Moor faithful and his commitment, drive and
goal scoring earned him a place in the hearts of Burnley fans.
Noble scored 63 goals in 243 appearances and was club captain for
much of the time of his seven year stay at the club.
In 1980 he moved to Blackpool where he continued a partnership with
another ex Burnley player, Paul Fletcher. At this time he also
opened a sports shop in Burnley - Peter Noble Sport Ltd. - which he
successfully ran with his family for nearly 20 years.
Noble ended his career having scored every penalty he took. This
record of 28 consecutive penalties is widely believed to be a world
record. In 1985 a question about Noble's penalty kicks appeared in
the first edition of the popular board game 'Trivial
In 2006 at a special dinner at Turf Moor Peter Noble, along with a
number of other players was officially declared a 'Burnley Football
Club Legend' by the East Lancashire club.