It seemed that the affable Corkman was all set to spend his career at Upton Park but Manchester United had other ideas and put in a bid for him that the Hammers could not refuse.
Cantwell also won 36 caps for the Republic of Ireland and was joint-highest scorer for his country with 14 international goals despite playing at full-back for most of his career.
Noel sadly passed away in September 2005 at the age of 73 and for a man who had a glittering career and fame he never forgot his roots in his beloved city of Cork.
Noel Cantwell was born in Cork in 1932 and began his soccer career with junior soccer club Western Rovers.
Cantwell joined West Ham in 1952 for a fee of £750 and won 36 full senior international caps for Ireland.
Cantwell joined Manchester United in 1960 from West Ham for a record English fee of £29,500 for a full-back.
He resided in Peterborough and was a member of English scouting panel under Sven Goran Eriksson.
Noel died in September 2005 at the age of 73.