Born 28 December 1964 in Birmingham.
Noel, a winger, made 9 league appearances for West Bromwich Albion, the team he started his career with, when they were a 1st Division side in the early 1980’s. In 1984 Noel moved to Mansfield Town making 50 appearances before being signed by Posh manager Noel Cantwell in 1986.
Initially playing as a winger for the Posh, towards the end of the 1988/89 season Noel was converted into an attacking right-back where he was to play for the rest of his Posh career. Noel played a key role in Posh’s meteoric rise to the 1st Division under the management of Chris Turner including playing at Wembley in May 1992 when Posh were promoted to the 1st Division for the first time in the club’s history.
Noel’s whole-hearted performances, his work rate and his foray’s up the right wing made him a cult hero with the Posh fans who he had a great rapport with.
In total Noel made 270 (+7 as a sub) League appearances scoring 27 goals, 18 (+2 as a sub) FA Cup appearances, 28 FL Cup appearances scoring 1 goal plus 20 appearances (+1 as a sub) in other competitions for the Posh] His last game for the club was on 20 March 1993 against Oxford Utd.
Did you know: Noel’s nickname of ‘Doris’ came from Kathy Staff’s character ‘Doris Luke’ in the TV Soap Crossroads.