Kevin Nolan thanks Newcastle United fans after "emotional" return

Kevin Nolan scores the opener for West Ham
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West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan thanks the Newcastle United fans for giving him an "unbelievable" reception on his return to St James's Park yesterday.

West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan has expressed his gratitude towards Newcastle United fans after returning to St James's Park yesterday.

The 30-year-old, who moved to Upton Park from Newcastle in 2011 following two years in the North East, scored the only goal in the Hammers' 1-0 win over the Magpies on Sunday.

"It was a bit emotional when I first walked in," Nolan told West Ham's official website. "I was a bit emotional because the reception they gave me was unbelievable. I had a fantastic time [at St. James's Park]. I loved everything about this club when I was here and I still do.

"I have fond memories and many friends and family enjoyed it up here. My little boy is a Geordie. I would like to thank the Newcastle fans for the fantastic support they gave me while I was here and for the reception they gave me on Sunday."

West Ham have moved up to sixth in the Premier League table thanks to their victory.

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