#FlashbackFriday - Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United:
Part Four - 2005 to 2018
West Ham returned to the Premiership in 2005 via the play offs under the stewardship of Alan Pardew, while Spurs were now managed by Martin Jol. Their first meeting came in late November at White Hart Lane. At the time West Ham stood tenth, while Spurs were two points above them in seventh. Tottenham's Egyptian star Mido gave them the lead on sixteen minutes, which was held until the last minute when Anton Ferdinand equalised for West Ham. The return meeting came on the final day of the season and West Ham had made their way to the final of the FA Cup at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff the following week.
The Hammers stood ninth, while Spurs were one point ahead of their rivals Arsenal in fourth place, poised to qualify for the Champions League at their expense and finish above them for the first time in over a decade. Ahead of the game however, Spurs had been staying at the Marriott Hotel in Canary Wharf, where several players came down with food poisoning as a result of eating a contaminated lasagne, which was alleged to have effected their performance. Carl Fletcher gave West Ham the lead on ten minutes. With ten minutes to go until half time, former Hammer Jermaine Defoe equalised for Spurs.
In the final ten minutes of the game however, future Arsenal star Yossi Benayoun put West Ham ahead to give the Hammers full points with a 2-1 victory. Tottenham's heartache would be compounded by the fact that Arsenal – playing their final game at Highbury – ran out 4-2 winners against Wigan Athletic. Spurs therefore had to make do with a fifth place finish.
One week later, West Ham played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool after extra time, though suffered the heart ache of a penalty shootout defeat. In 2006/07, West Ham's trip to White Hart Lane came in late October. After eight games, Spurs stood fourteenth while West Ham had just one win in eight games and were eighteenth. A goal for Mido ahead of half time gave Spurs a 1-0 win. The return fixture at the Boleyn Ground came in early March. By this point, Alan Pardew had been sacked as West Ham manager and replaced by Alan Curbishley. Spurs stood ninth, while West Ham were now rock bottom of the table. Mark Noble gave West Ham the lead on the quarter hour. Carlos Tevez doubled the Hammers' lead four minutes ahead of half time.
Into the second half, within five minutes former Hammer Jermaine Defoe pulled one back for Spurs from the penalty spot, before Teemu Tainio equalised for Spurs just after the hour mark. Former Spur Bobby Zamora put West Ham into the lead with five minutes to go, however goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Paul Stalteri in the final two minutes gave Spurs a 4-3 away victory.
In 2006/07, West Ham avoided the drop with a victory over Man United on the final day of the season secured by Carlos Tevez. The Hammers finished fifteenth, while Spurs finished eight points behind Arsenal in fifth. By the time of Tottenham's next meeting with the Hammers in late November at the Boleyn Ground, Martin Jol had been sacked and replaced by Juande Ramos from Sevilla. Spurs stood fourteenth, while West Ham were seven points above them in tenth. Carlton Cole gave West Ham the lead, while Michael Dawson earned Spurs a point with a second half equalizer.
The return fixture came the following March, only one place separated the two sides with West Ham in tenth and Spurs in eleventh, however there was an eight point gap between the two sides. Goals for Gilberto, Darren Bent and two for Dimitar Berbatov gave Spurs a 4-0 victory. West Ham finished 2007/08 in tenth place, three points above Spurs in eleventh. By the time the two sides met again in December 2008, both were under new management. Alan Curbishley had resigned and was replaced by Gianfranco Zola, where Juande Ramos was sacked and replaced by former Hammers boss Harry Redknapp. Spurs were seventeenth in the Premiership table, while West Ham were three points above them in fifteenth. Ahead of the game, a Sky Sports preview of the game featured Alan Ford of 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrells' and 'Snatch'.
Two second half goals for Ledley King and Jamie O'Hara earned Spurs a 2-0 away win at the Boleyn Ground. The return fixture at White Hart Lane came the following April. With seven games left to play, West Ham stood seventh while Spurs were six points behind in eleventh. A goal for Roman Pavlyuchenko earned Spurs a 1-0 victory. The two sides finished the season on level points, however Spurs would finish above West Ham in eighth by goal difference, one place above West Ham in ninth. The two sides met three games into the 2009/10 season at the Boleyn Ground. Carlton Cole gave West Ham the lead four minutes into the second half. However goals for Jermaine Defoe and Aaron Lennon meant a 2-1 victory for Spurs.
The return fixture came in the interim between Christmas and New Year in 2009. West Ham were one point above the relegation zone in seventeenth, while Spurs stood fifth. The Hammers misery had been deepened further as goals for Luka Modric and Jermaine Defoe meant a 2-0 win for Spurs. The Hammers finished the season seventeenth with a five point gap from the drop zone. Spurs meanwhile finally qualified for the Champions League with a fourth place finish. The first meeting between the two sides during the 2010s came six games into the 2010/11 in September at Boleyn Ground, by this point Avram Grant had taken over from Gianfranco Zola. West Ham were rock bottom of the table, without a win in five games, while Spurs were fifth. A goal for Frederic Piquionne meant a 1-0 victory for West Ham.
The return fixture in late March 2011 at White Hart Lane saw the Hammers teetering one point above the relegation zone in seventeenth, however having played two games more than Birmingham City who were one place beneath them in eighteenth. The two sides played out a 0-0 draw. By the close of the season, West Ham were six points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership table. Spurs meanwhile finished fifth. The Hammers spent just one season outside of the Premiership, but bounced back the following season, again via the Play offs. Their first meeting with Spurs on returning to the Premiership came in late November 2012 at White Hart Lane.
By this point, Andre Villa Boas was now in charge at White Hart Lane, while Sam Allardyce was now West Ham boss. Spurs stood in eighth place, while West Ham had one point more in seventh. Goals for Gareth Bale and two for Jermaine Defoe meant a 3-1 win for Spurs, while Andy Carroll would pull one back for the Hammers. The return fixture came back at the Boleyn Ground in late February. Spurs stood fourth, while West Ham were eleventh. Goals for Gylfi Sigurdsson and two for Gareth Bale (the winner in the last minute) earned Spurs a 3-2 away victory, with Andy Carroll and Joe Cole on target for the Hammers.
Spurs finished the season in fifth and one point behind rivals Arsenal for the second successive season, while West Ham ended 2012/13 in tenth place. In 2013/14, West Ham came to Whtie Hart Lane in October. Spurs had won four of their first six game and stood in fourth place, just three points behind leaders Liverpool. West Ham meanwhile had won just one of their first six games and languished in eighteenth place. The Hammers meanwhile kicked started their season with a thumping 3-0 win courtesy of goals from Winston Reid, Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison.
One week before Christmas, the two sides met again at White Hart Lane when they were drawn together in the Quarter Final of the League Cup. Two days prior, Andre Villas Boas had been sacked as Spurs boss and replaced by Tim Sherwood until the end of the season. A crowd of 34,080 turned out at the Lane to view proceedings. Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Adebayor gave Spurs the lead with twenty-three minutes to go, however goals for Matt Jarvis and Modibo Maiga secured the Hammers passage to the Semi Final with a 2-1 victory.
West Ham however were thrashed 9-0 on aggregate in the Semi Final by Man City. Spurs came to the Boleyn Ground for the penultimate game of the 2013/14 season in May. Spurs stood sixth and were four points behind rivals Arsenal for a Champions League spot, while West Ham were five points off of the relegation zone in fourteenth.
Spurs suffered a red card for Younes Kabul followed by an own goal by Harry Kane. Just before half time Stuart Downing doubled the Hammers' lead direct from a free kick. With no further scoring, Spurs's Champions League hopes were ended by a 2-0 win for West Ham, while the Hammers secured their place in the Premiership for the 2014/15 season.
Over the summer in 2014, Spurs appointed Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino as manager. His first game in charge on the opening day of the 2014/15 season was when Spurs came to the Boleyn Ground to play West Ham. A last minute goal from Eric Dier on his debut gave Spurs a 1-0 victory.
West Ham's visit to the White Hart Lane that season came in late February. Spurs stood sixth and two points behind Arsenal for a Champions League spot in fourth. West Ham meanwhile were six points behind Spurs in eighth. West Ham took a two goal lead with goals from Cheikhou Kouyaté and Daifra Sakho. In the final ten minutes however, goals from Danny Rose and a last minute penalty from Harry Kane meant that Spurs earned a point with a 2-2 draw.
Spurs finished Mauricio Pochettino's first season in charge in fifth place, while West Ham ended 2014/15 in twelfth place. Over the summer of 2015 however, West Ham parted company with Sam Allardyce and replaced him with former Croatia boss Slaven Bilic. Their first meeting with Spurs in 2015/16 came at White Hart Lane in late November. Spurs stood fifth after twelve games, above sixth place West Ham on goal difference. Prior to this game, Spurs had only beaten West Ham United once in their previous five meetings in all competitions.
As a mark of respect for the victims of the terrorist attacks on Paris the previous weekend, La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, was played before the start of this match. Premier League chief Richard Scudamore called it an act of “solidarity and remembrance” after the Paris attacks. Goals for Toby Alderweireld, Karl Walker and two for Harry Kane gave Spurs a 4-1 victory, while Manuel Lanzini would be on target for the Hammers.
The following March, Spurs came to the Boleyn Ground for the final time. Spurs were two points behind Premiership leaders Leicester City at the time, while West Ham stood in seventh place. A win would have taken Tottenham Hotspur to the top of the top division in March for the first time since 1964, however a goal from Michail Antonio on seven minutes meant that the Hammers' final derby meeting with Spurs at Upton Park ended with a 1-0 victory.
Spurs finished 2015/16 in third place, while Slaven Billic's first season in charge at West Ham saw the Hammers finish seventh. In 2016/17, it was West Ham who came to White Hart Lane for the last time. After eleven games Spurs stood fifth, while the Hammers were a point above the relegation zone in seventeenth. Spurs triumphed with a 3-2 victory courtesy of goals from Harry Winks and two goals in the last minute from Harry Kane. On target for the Hammers meanwhile were Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini.
Meanwhile Tottenham's first visit to the former Olympic Stadium in Stratford to face West Ham with four games left to play. Spurs still had hopes of catching Chelsea at the top of the table and were four points behind their London rivals. West Ham meanwhile were seven points above the relegation zone in fifteenth. A goal for Manuel Lanzini gave West Ham a 1-0 victory in front of a crowd of 56,992, effective securing West Ham's place in the Premiership while ending Tottenham's faint title hopes.
In 2017/18, the two sides first met at Stratford in late September. After five games, Spurs stood fifth, while the Hammers had won just one game and languished in seventeenth. In front of a crowd just short of 57,000 goals for Christian Eriksen and two for Harry Kane gave Spurs a 3-2 victory, while Javier Hernández and Cheikhou Kouyaté were on target for the Hammers.
A month later, the Hammers headed to Spurs's temporary home at Wembley Stadium to face their rivals in the fourth round of the League Cup. A crowd of just 36,168 turned out for the game. Spurs took a two goal first half lead with goals from Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli. In the second half however, goals for Angelo Ogbonna and two for André Ayew meant a 3-2 victory for the Hammers. West Ham reached as far as the Quarter Finals before losing to Arsenal.
And so on to Thursday. A superb opener from Pedro Obiang gave the Hammers the lead. It was however cancelled out by an equally superb equalizer from Son for Spurs as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw.
*Published 6th January 2018
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