|Full name||Noel Lloyd George Blake|
|Date of birth||12 January 1962|
|Place of birth||Kingston, Jamaica|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|1978–1979||Sutton Coldfield Town|
|1982||→ Shrewsbury Town (loan)||6||(0)|
|1992||→ Bradford City (loan)||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Noel Lloyd George Blake (born 12 January 1962) is a retired footballer and current coach. He was formerly the head coach of the England national under-19 football team. He played in the Football League for Aston Villa, Shrewsbury Town, Birmingham City, Portsmouth, Leeds United, Stoke City, Bradford City and Exeter City, and in the Scottish Football League for Dundee.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Blake moved to England and played football with non-league side Sutton Coldfield Town. He was spotted by scouts at Aston Villa who signed Blake a year later. He struggled to force his way into the Villa side and went out on loan to Shrewsbury Town in 1982. He left Villa upon his return and joined local rivals Birmingham City. He quickly became a fan favourite with Birmingham as he scored against Villa in December 1982.
He spent two years with Birmingham before signing with Portsmouth on the south coast. Whilst he did enjoy some success at 'Pompey' winning promotion as Second Division runners-up in 1987, Blake had problems with racial abuse from his own supporters, at a time when racism was still rife in English football. After making over 150 appearances with Portsmouth, Blake joined Leeds United on a free transfer and he helped to club to promotion as Second Division champions in the 1989–90 season. However his opportunities were limited the following season and so he was sold to Stoke City just after promotion was achieved, with Howard Wilkinson looking to spend heavily on new players to build a squad capable of competing with the very best in the First Division.
Blake's old manager at Portsmouth Alan Ball tempted Blake to join him at Stoke City in 1990. Ball was sacked in February 1991 as Stoke went on to record their worst league position of 14th in the third tier. Stoke's new manager Lou Macari only used Blake sparingly and later joined Bradford City on loan in 1992. He joined Bradford permanently and latter played for Scottish side Dundee before ending his playing career with Exeter City.
Blake held the position of manager of Exeter City from January 2000 until September 2001.
A qualified coach and holder of the UEFA Pro Licence, Blake was appointed in February 2007 as one of the Football Association's National Coaches to work with players in England's youth teams and to assist with coach education. He was placed in charge of the England under-19 team in 2009, leading the side to the semi-finals of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in both 2010 and 2012 before leaving the Football Association in June 2014.
On 1 July it was reported that Blake was about to become first-team coach at Blackpool. On 27 October Blake was put in temporary charge following the departure of Jose Riga. He left Blackpool in December 2014.
As a player
- Sourced from The English National Football Archive
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Aston Villa||1979–80||First Division||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Shrewsbury Town (loan)||1981–82||Second Division||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|Birmingham City||1982–83||First Division||37||3||3||0||4||0||0||0||44||3|
|Leeds United||1988–89||Second Division||44||4||2||0||3||0||2||0||51||4|
|Stoke City||1989–90||Second Division||18||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||18||0|
|Bradford City||1991–92||Third Division||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|Dundee||1993–94||Scottish Premier Division|
|1994–95||Scottish First Division|
|Exeter City||1995–96||Third Division||44||2||1||0||2||0||0||0||47||2|
As a manager
|Exeter City||10 January 2000||24 September 2001||86||20||24||42||23.26|
|England U19||8 September 2009||26 June 2014||52||33||12||7||63.46|
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- "National Coach and Young Lions boss Noel Blake leaves". www.thefa.com. The FA. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
- "Noel Blake". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 15 May 2009.
- "Christmas Cracker 1982 – Blues 3 Villa 0". birminghamcity-mad.co.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
- Moxley, Neil (5 March 2010). "Zulu warrior still fighting: Birmingham and Portsmouth legend Noel Blake relishes Fratton Park clash". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
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- Matthews, Tony: "The Who's who of Stoke City " (Breedon's, ISBN 1-85983-473-6)
- "Blake steps down at Exeter". news.bbc.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
- Austin, Simon (22 February 2007). "Focus: Football's black mark". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 May 2009.
- "Noel Blake on board". The Football Association. 12 February 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2009.
- "England coach set for Pool". Blackpool Gazette. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- "Jose Riga: Championship strugglers Blackpool sack manager". BBC. 27 Oct 2014. Retrieved 27 Oct 2014.
- "Noel Blake opens up about emotional trauma after suffering stroke". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 6 June 2016.