The longest serving playing Iron, and vice-captain, has been richly recognised for his loyalty to the east London club.

Mark Noble has signed a new five-and-a-half year, £50,000-a-week West Ham deal as well as a historic tribute – his testimonial is pencilled in as the final game at Upton Park.

The midfielder had the option to extend his current deal by two years when it expired in the summer. Instead, he is contracted to the club to 2020 when he will be 33. The money represents a £500,000 a year pay increase.

Manager Sam Allardyce paid tribute to the man who has seen the ups and downs of life at the Boleyn for 10 years.

He told the club’s website: “Mark is West Ham born and bred and when somebody commits to one club for all his career up to now and then extends that, that is a rare thing today.

“He loves West Ham and the area and it’s good news for everybody.

“The supporters can relate to Mark Noble as one of their own and there is more affection as he is one of their own.

“It’s the same with James Tomkins. It seems to be a more difficult task these days to develop an academy player into the first team and those two are both academy boys and it’s great to see them both here playing for West Ham regularly in the first team.”

• Pictured: Mark Noble pursues Mousa Dembele of Spurs during the Barclays Premier League match on February 22