#ThrowbackThursday - Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham: Part Four - 1980 to 2003
After a gap of nearly four years, West Ham met Spurs again for the first time during the 1980s. The two teams were drawn together in the Quarter Final of the League Cup in early December 1980 at Upton Park. At the time, Spurs were languishing in tenth place in the old First Division. West Ham meanwhile were reigning FA Cup holders, however were in the second tier. At the half way point, the Hammers topped the table with a one point lead over Chelsea in second place. Highlights of the game would be covered by ITV's 'Midweek Sport Special' and as commentator Brian Moore states, the game would be shown by close circuit in several London cinemas, as well as viewed by 36,003 at the ground. A goal for David Cross put the Hammers through to the Semi Finals with a 1-0 win.
The Hammers would reach the League Cup final, however would be defeated by Liverpool after a replay. West Ham however won the old Second Division at a cantor to meet Spurs again the following season. Tottenham finished 1980/81 in tenth place, but won the FA Cup for the first time in fourteen years. The first league meeting between the two sides for five seasons came eight months on from that Cup tie, which came two games into the 1981/82 season. It had been Spurs's first home game since their triumphant Cup Final win the previous May and the Hammers' first top flight away trip of the 1980s.
It was also the home debut of Ray Clemence who had transferred from Liverpool to Spurs over the summer. In front of a crowd of 41,200 at White Hart Lane, four goals for David Cross gave the Hammers a thumping 4-0 victory – one of which a superb volley.
The return league fixture of 1981/82 came at the Boleyn Ground on the final Saturday of the season and one week prior to Tottenham's second successive FA Cup final against second tier QPR. Spurs stood fourth in the table with four games left to play and twelve points behind leaders Liverpool, with the League title a mathematical possibility, though highly improbable. The Hammers meanwhile stood tenth with two games left to play. Making his debut for Spurs was goalkeeper Tony Parkes. A crowd of 27,677 turned out at Upton Park to witness a 2-2 draw, with Trevor Brooking and Paul Goddard on target for the Hammers with Garry Brook and a Glenn Hoddle penalty in reply for Spurs.
Liverpool would be confirmed as League Champions that afternoon, though Tottenham would finish as top London club in fourth, over Arsenal on goal difference. Spurs would also retain their FA Cup with a replay win over QPR. The Hammers meanwhile would finish their first season back in the top tier in ninth position. Six months later, the two sides would meet again at White Hart Lane. After fourteen games, West Ham were second in the table and three points behind League leaders Liverpool. Spurs meanwhile stood tenth with just six wins from fourteen. Highlights of the game would be covered by LWT's 'The Big Match'.
In front of a crowd of 41,960 West Ham's Belgian international Francois Van Der Elst gave the Hammers a first half lead. Ten minutes into the second half however, Steve Archibald equalised for Spurs. Archibald would also bag a second to give Tottenham a 2-1 victory – their first over the Hammers since 1977.
The return fixture came on New Year's Day 1983. The Hammers had dropped to fifth, while Spurs were tenth. In front of a crowd of 33,383 at the Boleyn Ground, goals for Geoff Pike, Ray Stewart and a nineteen-year-old Tony Cottee on his debut ensured a comprehensive 3-0 victory for the Hammers. Spurs finished 1982/83 in fourth however, while the Hammers dropped to eighth.
The two sides would meet again three games into 1983/84. The Hammers went to White Hart Lane with a 100% record. Highlights would again be captured by LWT's 'The Big Match'. In front of 38,042, that run would continue as goals for Steve Whitton and Dave Swindlehurst ensured a 2-0 away win for the Hammers.
The return fixture came on New Years' Eve 1983. By this point, West Ham were fourth and five points behind league leaders Liverpool. Spurs meanwhile were six points behind in eleventh. West Ham ended 1983 in emphatic fashion in front of 30,939 people. Goals for Trevor Brooking, Tony Cottee, Ray Stewart and Alvin Martin gave the Hammers a 4-1 victory, while Gary Stevens would be on target for Spurs. By the end of 1983/84 however one point seperated the two sides, with Spurs in eighth and West Ham in ninth. Over the summer, Spurs boss Keith Burkinshaw walked out on White Hart Lane, remarking to journalists on his exit: 'there used to be a football club over there'.
Taking over from Burkinshaw was his assistant Peter Shreeves. His first meeting with West Ham as boss came on Boxing Day 1984. Spurs topped the table with a one point lead over Man United in second. West Ham meanwhile stood twelfth. In front of a crowd of 37,198 at White Hart Lane, the two sides played out a 2-2 draw with Garth Crooks and Gary Mabbutt on target for Spurs, while Tony Cottee and Paul Goddard would be on target for the Hammers.
By the time Spurs journeyed to the Boleyn Ground, Spurs were trailing leaders Everton by six points in third place having played one game more. West Ham meanwhile were being sucked into a relegation battle and standing in seventeenth place with only four points separating them from the drop zone. In front of the 24,435 that turned out, goals for Alan Dickens and Osvaldo Ardiles meant a 1-1 draw. Spurs ended 1984/85 in third place, thirteen points behind league champions Everton, while West Ham avoided relegation by two points in sixteenth place.
The first meeting between the two sides in 1985/86 came on Boxing Day. Football had suffered a TV black out for the first half of the season, however the Football League agreed a deal with the TV companies on Christmas Eve. This game however would still go uncaptured by the TV cameras. West Ham had dramatically turned things around and stood four points from Man United at the top of the table in third. Spurs meanwhile stood fourteen points behind in tenth. A goal for Steve Perryman in the last five minutes meant a 1-0 win for Spurs in front of a crowd of 33,835 at White Hart Lane.
The next meeting between the two sides came on Easter Monday at the Boleyn Ground. West Ham were twelve points off of the top of the table in sixth place, but with four games in hand as a result of a backlog of games caused by snowed off fixtures and an FA Cup run. Spurs meanwhile were eleventh. Goals for the awesome duo of Tony Cottee and Frank McAvennie gave West Ham a 2-1 win, with Ossie Ardiles on target for Spurs. West Ham missed out on the title by four points, finishing third as Liverpool secured a League and FA Cup Double. Spurs meanwhile finished tenth. Over the summer of 1986, Spurs would dismiss Peter Shreeves and replace him with Luton Town boss David Pleat.
Pleat's first meeting with West Ham came on Boxing Day 1986. Spurs stood sixth and nine points behind league leaders Arsenal, one point above West Ham in eighth place. Making his debut for Spurs would be midfielder Steve Hodge who had signed from Aston Villa. In front of a crowd of 39,019 goals for Chris Waddle, a debut goal for Steve Hodge and two goals for Clive Allen in his 'annus miribulus' gave Spurs a 4-0 victory.
Spurs managed to go on a run in both domestic Cups that season, drawing West Ham away in the Quarter Final of the League Cup one month later. In front of a crowd of 29,477 goals for Clive Allen and Tony Cottee meant a 1-1 draw and a replay back at White Hart Lane just five days later. In front of a crowd of 41,995 at White Hart Lane, goals for Belgian World Cup star Nico Clausen, Glenn Hoddle and a hat-trick for Clive Allen meant a 5-0 win for Spurs to set up a North London Derby in the Semi Final with Arsenal however lost the Semi Final to Arsenal.
By the time of the return fixture in late April, Spurs had secured their path to the FA Cup Final. They now stood third but nine points behind leaders Everton with seven games to go, having played one game more. West Ham meanwhile were fourteenth. Goals for Frank McAvennie and Tony Cottee earned the Hammers a 2-1 win in front of 23, 972, while Clive Allen would be on target for Spurs. In the final of the FA Cup to Coventry City, Spurs would suffer defeat. They would however end the season as top London club in third place, while West Ham finished fifteenth.
In 1987/88, the two sides met seven games into the season. Spurs stood second with four wins under their belt but five points behind league leaders QPR. West Ham meanwhile had only managed one win from six and languished in sixteenth place. A crowd of 27,750 turned out at the Boleyn Ground for the game where a goal from Chris Fairclough gave Spurs a 1-0 win. The return fixture came in the interim between Christmas and New Year 1987. By this point, David Pleat had resigned as Spurs manager due to revelations about his private life based around the fact that police had previously cautioned him three times for kerb crawling.
After a brief period with Trevor Hartley and Doug Livermore as caretaker, the recently sacked former boss of Barcelona - Terry Venables - took over as Spurs boss. A one point gap separated West Ham and Spurs. The Hammers stood tenth, while Spurs had since sunk to thirteenth. The game kicked off at 11.30AM in front of a crowd of 39,456. Spurs took the lead with a superb free kick from Chris Waddle. The Hammers equalised with a goal from Paul Hilton. A header from Chris Fairclough however gave Spurs a 2-1 victory.
1987/88 however would be an underwhelming season for both West Ham and Spurs, as the Hammers finished sixteenth while Tottenham came thirteenth. There would be nearly a gap of twelve months before the two sides met each other again. The first meeting between the two sides in 1988/89 came eight days before Christmas. By this point, Spurs had won just four games out of sixteen and stood sixteenth. West Ham weren't fearing much better, standing second from bottom with only goal difference keeping them off of the bottom. In front of 28,379 at the Boleyn Ground, goals for Gary Mabbutt and Mitchell Thomas earned Spurs a 2-0 victory.
The return fixture came on April Fool's Day, by which point Spurs had climbed to seventh while West Ham were anchored to the foot of the table and eight points adrift of safety, but with four games in hand over Luton Town in seventeenth place. In front of a crowd of 28,375, goals for Terry Fenwick, Paul Stewart and Nayim gave Spurs a 3-0 victory which left West Ham in deeper trouble.
Spurs ended 1988/89 in sixth place, but nineteen points adrift of neighbours Arsenal who won their first title for eighteen years. Arsenal's need to beat Liverpool by two clear goals came as a result of West Ham's 1-5 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield, which condemned the Hammers to finishing second bottom of the table and relegated to the second tier. It took West Ham two seasons to return to the top flight, after finishing as runners up in 1990/91. The first meeting between the two sides during the 1990s came in October 1991. By this point, John Lyall had been sacked as Hammers boss and now West Ham had Billy Bonds at the helm after a brief period with Lou Macari in charge during the interim.
Terry Venables meanwhile had been behind a bid with Alan Sugar to take control of Spurs and had consequently been moved upstairs as Managing Director, while team affairs were dealt with by former boss Peter Shreeves. After ten games, Spurs stood tenth while West Ham had only won just two games from thirteen and stood eighteenth.
Gary Lineker gave Spurs the lead, however goals for Mike Small and Mitchell Thomas against his old club gave West Ham a 2-1 victory in front of 23,946 people. Spurs ended the game with ten men, after Gordon Durie had been sent off for a dangerous tackle.
The return fixture at White Hart Lane occurred exactly three years to the day from West Ham's last visit on April Fool's Day 1992. West Ham were again anchored to the foot of the table and eight points adrift of safety, meanwhile Spurs were ten points ahead of the Hammers in eighteenth place. History would also repeat itself again, as West Ham suffered another 3-0 defeat, with a hat-trick for Gary Lineker in his final season within English football.
This turned out to be the final game between the two sides within the Football League, as the following season the top tier broke away to form the Premier League. West Ham however would miss out on the inaugral Premiership season after finishing rock bottom of the table. Spurs meanwhile would finish the 1991/92 season in fifteenth place. West Ham however would only spend one year outside of the top flight and would finally reach the Premiership after finishing as runners up in the second tier in 1992/93. The first Premiership meeting between the two sides came in the interim between Christmas and New Year in 1993.
By this point, Ossie Ardiles had now taken over as Spurs boss. At the time, three points separated the two teams with West Ham in twelve, while Spurs were fourteenth. In front of 20,787 people at Upton Park, Matty Holmes gave the Hammers the lead on eleven minutes, before Jason Dozzell equalised eleven minutes before half time. Mickey Hazard put Spurs ahead three minutes before the break. With thirteen minutes to go, Darren Anderton rounded of the scoring as Spurs won 3-1.
The return fixture came the following April, with two points separating the two sides. West Ham stood fourteenth, while Spurs were sixteenth. In front of 31,502 at White Hart Lane, Steve Jones gave West Ham the lead eight minutes before half time. On the hour mark, Trevor Morley doubled West Ham's lead from the penalty spot. Five minutes later, Teddy Sheringham pulled one back for Spurs, before Trevor Morley restored the two-goal lead with his second. With eleven minutes to go, Mike Marsh rounded off the scoring as the Hammers ran out 4-1 winners.
By the close of 1993/94, seven points separated the two sides with West Ham finishing thirteenth and Spurs in fifteenth. Over the close season, Billy Bonds resigned as Hammers boss to be replaced by Harry Redknapp. Over the summer, Spurs had signed USA '94 World Cup stars Jurgen Klinsmann of Germany and Gica Popescu and Illy Dumatrescu of Romania. Despite this, Spurs stood thirteenth in the Premiership table, one place behind West Ham on goal difference.
In front of a crowd of 26,271 at White Hart Lane, Spurs took the lead with a goal from Jurgen Klinsmann on twenty minutes. Matthew Rush equalised for West Ham three minutes before half time. In the second half however, goals from Teddy Sheringham and Nick Barmby gave Spurs a 3-1 win. It was however not enough to save Ardiles his job and he was sacked by Spurs chairman Alan Sugar and replaced by QPR boss Gerry Francis.
By the time of the return fixture in mid-January, Spurs had now climbed up to sixth in the table. West Ham meanwhile were languishing in sixteenth place. In front of 24,578 at the Boleyn Ground, West Ham took the lead with a goal from Jeroen Boere. In the second half however, goals from Teddy Sheringham and Jurgen Klinsmann earned Spurs a 2-1 victory.
Spurs ended 1994/95 in seventh place, while West Ham finished fourteenth. The two sides met four games into the 1995/96 season at Upton Park, both without a win under their belt. In front of a crowd of 23,516, Don Hutchinson gave West Ham a first half lead with a thumping free kick, before Ronnie Rosenthal equalised nine minutes into the second half, with the game ending in a 1-1 draw.
When West Ham came to visit White Hart Lane for the return fixture, Spurs were fifth but eighteen points off of Premiership leaders Newcastle United. The Hammers meanwhile were five points off of the relegation zone in fourteenth. Making his debut would be future Hammers boss Slaven Billic, as well as Portuguese teenager Dani, who bagged the winner for the Hammers after four minutes in front of a crowd of 29,781.
By the end of 1995/96, ten points separated the two sides, with Spurs in eighth and West Ham in tenth. In 1996/97, West Ham came to White Hart Lane in early November in eleventh place on level points with Spurs, however beneath their local rivals on goal difference. A second half goal from Chris Armstrong gave Spurs a 1-0 victory. The return fixture came in late February, with West Ham languishing in the relegation zone in eighteenth place. Spurs meanwhile were eleventh. Teddy Sheringham gave Spurs the lead on eight minutes, before two goals in two minutes for West Ham from Julian Dicks and Paul Kitson put the Hammers in front half way through the first half.
On the half hour, Darren Anderton levelled for Spurs, though by the time of the break, recent signing from Arsenal - John Hartson - had added a third to put the Hammers ahead. David Howells equalised for Spurs eight minutes into the second half, though a Julian Dicks penalty eighteen minutes from time earned three points for the Hammers with a 4-3 victory.
By the close of 1996/97 just four points separated the two teams, with West Ham in fourteen and Spurs in tenth place. The two sides met two games into the 1997/98 season at the Boleyn Ground. The Hammers ran out 2-1 winners with goals from John Hartson and Eyal Berkovic, while Les Ferdinand would pull one back for Spurs with seven minutes left to play.
Spurs's poor start to the season saw Gerry Francis sacked as Spurs boss and replaced by Christian Gross. West Ham came to White Hart Lane in January 1998. By this point Spurs were second from bottom of the table, while West Ham stood in eighth place. Spurs had resigned Jurgen Klinsmann until the end of the season after the German previously exercised a clause in his contract to leave Spurs for Bayern Munich. A goal for the German after seven minutes gave Spurs a 1-0 victory. Tottenham avoided relegation after finishing 1997/98 in fourteenth place and a four-point cushion from the relegation zone, however would have to watch neighbours Arsenal seal a Premiership and FA Cup Double. West Ham meanwhile finished eighth.
In 1998/99, Spurs headed to Upton Park in late November in tenth place. Tottenham had however replaced Christian Gross with former Arsenal boss George Graham, to the displeasure of most Spurs fans. West Ham meanwhile were five points behind Premiership leaders Aston Villa in sixth. Two goals for Trevor Sinclair gave the Hammers a 2-1 victory, while Chris Armstrong would pull one back for Spurs with eighteen minutes to go.
With four games to go, West Ham headed to White Hart Lane in sixth and pushing for a place in the UEFA Cup. Spurs however were already there, as despite being five points behind in ninth they had already won the League Cup. After five minutes, Ian Wright put the Hammers one goal up by scoring against his old Arsenal boss George Graham. In the second half, Marc Keller doubled West Ham's lead. David Ginola pulled one back for Spurs but couldn't prevent a 2-1 away win for West Ham. The Hammers finished 1998/99 in fifth place, securing their UEFA Cup spot via the much maligned Intertoto Cup. Spurs meanwhile finished eleventh.
Spurs headed to the Boleyn Ground on the opening day of the 1999/2000 season. A goal for Frank Lampard ahead of half time gave the Hammers a winning start with a 1-0 victory.
The final game between the two sides during the twentieth century came in early December 1999. Two points separated the two sides with Spurs in seventh and West Ham in ninth place. The two sides however ended a century's worth of battles between them with a 0-0 draw. West Ham finished 1999/2000 in ninth place, two points above Spurs in tenth. The first meeting of the new millennium came in mid-September 2000. After four games, West Ham sat rock bottom of the table without a win. Spurs meanwhile stood eighth. A second half Sol Campbell goal meant a 1-0 victory for Spurs. The return fixture came at the end of January. By now, one point separated the two sides with Spurs in eleventh and West Ham in twelfth place. The two sides however played out a 0-0 draw.
In 2000/01, they would be drawn together in the Quarter Final of the FA Cup at the Boleyn Ground. As the year ended in one, Spurs obviously felt it would be their year. Goals for Sergei Rebrov and Gary Doherty gave Spurs a 3-2 victory, with Stuart Pearce and Svetoslav Todorov scoring for the Hammers. For the Semi Final, Spurs would be drawn against their North London rivals Arsenal. By the time the Semi went ahead however, George Graham had been sacked and prevented a battle with his old club. He was replaced by former England boss Glenn Hoddle, but Spurs crashed to a 1-2 defeat.
Spurs finished 2000/01 in twelfth place, while West Ham were seven points behind in fifteenth. Over the summer, Harry Redknapp had parted company with the Hammers and be replaced by Glenn Roeder, who was part of the England set up during Glenn Hoddle's tenure. The first clash between Hoddle and Roeder came in late November 2001 at the Boleyn Ground. Three points separated the two sides, with Spurs in tenth and West Ham fifteenth. A second half goal for Les Ferdinand gave Spurs a 1-0 victory over the Hammers. The return fixture came in mid-April 2002 at White Hart Lane.
With five games to go just one point separating the two sides, with the Hammers in seventh and Spurs in eighth. Teddy Sheringham gave Spurs the lead, however a late equaliser from Ian Pearce earned the Hammers a point.
The sides first met in 2001/02 after four games at White Hart Lane. The Hammers sat rock bottom of the table with just one point taken from a 2-2 draw with reigning Champions Arsenal. Spurs meanwhile stood sixth with three wins from five. Simon Davies gave Spurs the lead just past the hour mark, before Frederic Kanoute equalised four minutes later. With just under twenty minutes to go, a penalty from Teddy Sheringham put Spurs back in front, before Trevor Sinclair pulled the Hammers level again six minutes later. Spurs however secured full points with a goal from Anthony Gardner with two minutes left on the clock.
The return fixture came on the first day of March 2003, Spurs stood eighth with ten games left to play and pushing for a place in Europe, while the Hammers were three points adrift of safety in eighteenth place. The Hammers did their cause much good with a 2-0 victory secured by goals from former Spur Les Ferdinand and future Spur Michael Carrick. By the close of the season however, West Ham faced the drop into the second tier with an eighteenth place finish. Spurs meanwhile finished tenth.
There would be no quick return to the top flight for the Hammers, however the two sides did meet in the League Cup during 2003/04 in the third round. By this point, Glenn Hoddle had been sacked and replaced by David Pleat as caretaker until the end of the season. After extra time, future Hammer Bobby Zamora would strike in the 91st minute with a 1-0 win for Spurs. Tottenham would progress as far as the Quarter Finals before losing a penalty shoot-out to that year's winners Middlesbrough. As will be seen in Part Four tomorrow, fixtures between the two sides would resume when West Ham won promotion back to the top flight in 2005/06.
*Published 4th January 2018
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