There was something incredibly heartwarming about seeing Mark Noble covered in flour at the West Ham training ground on Saturday.
What a season it has been for the Hammers, who are firmly committed to finishing in Champions League places this season.
Few could have predicted that they would be in this position at this point a year ago, when elite relegation was to be feared.
Being in unfamiliar territory like this could dramatically increase stress levels, but the hilarious video that graced our social media feeds shows gamers absolutely love life.
The West Ham club captain celebrated his 34th birthday on Saturday and his teammates had a hilarious trick up their sleeves to make it a day to remember.
Noble was going gung-ho on a rower at their training ground and as he recovered from the grueling training he was egged on by a member of Hammers staff before Jesse Lingard poured him a bag full of flour on him!
You never know how someone will react to a prank until it happens, but show loyalty to ‘Nobes’, who stood up and started dancing as his laughing teammates happily sang along. Queen’s “ Another One Bites the Dust ”.
Why did they play a joke on Noble on his special day? Lingard revealed that it was an act of “ recovery ” on the part of the team and shed light on the planning for the operation.
“He always seems to have other people, so it was a bit of a reward for his birthday,” Lingard told Sky Sports.
“A few guys were chatting before training about when to find it and how to do it. He must have done the rower so as soon as he took his last breath, bam, flour and egg. A little birthday present from us!
“I thought he was going to break but he took it well, good for the morale of the team. The team spirit is really good, the jokes fly day by day, but when we get to the training ground, we work and strive to get three points in every game. We stay together.”