Player in Focus: Ryan Noble (Alex Eden)

Ryan Noble

Ryan Noble


DOB: 06/11/1991

Position: Striker

Current Club: Durham City AFC

Previous Clubs: Sunderland, Watford, Derby, Hartlepool, Burnley, Gateshead, Darlington

The young citizen striker began his senior career at hometown club, Sunderland. He made his senior debut for Sunderland when he came on for the then Club-record signing, Darren Bent, during the 3-0 FA Cup win over Barrow. Following a six month layoff he managed seven goals in five games. As a result he was rewarded by manager Steve Bruce as he made his league debut for the club, from the bench, in the 2-0 loss against Everton. Noble was even set to make his first start for the club as Sunderland were at the time facing a striker shortage due to injuries. But like the other strikers at the club, Ryan also unfortunately picked up an injury in a youth team game, ruling him out of the match against Fulham Following the appointment of Martin O’Neill, Ryan was unable to break back into the first team.

Several loan moves took place during his time at Sunderland including Watford, Derby and Hartlepool. He was unable to make any major impact at any team but was able to make 24 appearances scoring 3 goals.

Much was hope for Noble as he had showed signs that he perhaps had what it takes to make it, but he was released by Sunderland after his contract expired, he was signed up by Burnley on a six month contract in the summer of 2013. He made 2 appearances during his short time in Lancashire, with the first coming on the 17th August when he replaced Danny Ings in the 2-0 home win over Yeovil. His last appearance came in the League Cup against West Ham as the Clarets lost 2-0.

Following the expiry of his Burnley contract Gateshead put pen to paper with Ryan at the start of the 2014. Here Ryan made 9 appearances and scored a goal against Lincoln in March. After leaving the club in the summer, he signed for Darlington following former team mate Adam Reed to the North East outfit.

Again though, this move didn’t work out as hoped leading to a move to current club Durham. It is here at Durham where Ryan has been showing the potential that was vaguely touched at Sunderland. Having joined at the end of September he has made 32 appearances scoring 17 times, with the hope for Citizen supporters that he will continue this good form for the club will continue through to next season.


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