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Full record - Spurs v West Ham

Premier          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home             17  10   4   3   24- 12  34
Away             16   6   3   7   22- 22  21
Total (Prem)     33  16   7  10   46- 34  55
Football League
Home (Div 1)     33  17   7   9   65- 51  47
Away (Div 1)     33   9   9  15   45- 54  29
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Football League
Home (Div 2)     10   4   4   2   18- 13  12
Away (Div 2)     10   3   3   4   13- 12   9
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Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Total (Prem)     33  16   7  10   46- 34  55
Total (Div 1)    66  26  16  24  110-105  76
Total (Div 2)    20   7   7   6   31- 25  21
Grand Total     119  49  30  40  185-164 152

Last Six Premier League results:-

West Ham

S'derland  3-0   West Ham
West Ham   1-1   QPR
Arsenal    5-1   West Ham
Fulham     3-1   West Ham
West Ham   1-0   Swansea
A. Villa   2-1   West Ham


Spurs      3-1   Reading
QPR        0-0   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   Man Utd
Norwich    1-1   Spurs
West Brom  0-1   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Newcastle

Pos            P   W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 4. Spurs     26  14  6  6  44-30  14   48
13. West Ham  26   8  6 12  29-38  -9   30

Playing for the London League and more!

West Ham will be commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the passing of Bobby Moore before this game. When I was a youngster in the 60s, and Bobby Moore was in his pomp, every football fan I knew loved the England World Cup winning captain. Bobby Moore was indeed a gentleman footballer, on and off the field. Moore was a great footballer too. He was much respected by the greatest player around at the time - Pele - and of course great friends with our own Jimmy Greaves. We were all saddened by Moore's premature passing in 1993, and I for one will be only too happy to join in the pre-match applause for a true English legend.

My generation of Spurs fan have perhaps always been puzzled by the level of rancour between the two sides, but then the hatred really has been held on the Upton Park side of the fence. We've always had other fish (teams) to fry.

When Spurs played West Ham at White Hart Lane exactly three months ago to the day, the "Hammers" actually started the day above us in the Premier League. After 12 opening games in the season, Spurs had already lost 5 games, and were two points behind their London rivals. That deficit was soon overhauled though with a convincing 3-1 victory, thanks to two goals by Jermain Defoe, and one by (guess who?) Gareth Bale.

Andy Carroll actually scored his first West Ham goal in that game, and doubled his tally in West Ham's last win at home to Swansea on 2nd February. Carroll's history is well-known, and it is not his fault that Liverpool paid such an overblown fee for his services. What is interesting to note is that his goal-scoring ratio for Liverpool is less than one goal per seven league games, as opposed to approximately 1 in 2.5 games when he was at Newcastle. Mind you, most of Carroll's league goals were scored in Newcastle's last Championship season.

In 14 games since we last met, West Ham have managed just three league wins. One of those was a great scalp, a 3-1 win at home to Chelsea. The Hammers have lost 7 of their last 11 league games.

Spurs on the other hand have won 8 of their last 14 league games, and are now unbeaten in 11 league games since Everton on 9th December.

This will be our 120th league meeting with West Ham, and we will be looking for our 50th league win against "The Irons". The teams first met in football league competition in the 1919-20 season, in Division Two. West Ham had been elected to that division for the first time that season, whereas Spurs had failed to win re-election to the top tier after the war, partly due to the infamous Henry Norris, then chairman of Arsenal, who somehow managed to win election in preference to Spurs and other teams, despite finishing sixth in Division Two before the war. Spurs had finished bottom of the table in that last season, but had expected to win re-election when the size of Division One was increased.

We had played West Ham in our Southern League days and also, for example, during the First World War years in the London Football Combination.

The first meeting in that 1919-20 season was actually in the FA Cup (Old third round) on February 21st. We won 3-0 at home, with goals by Arthur Grimsdell and Charlie Wilson (2). The league games were both played in March. On 13th March we played at Upton Park. Arthur Grimsdell again scored, but we lost that game 2-1, gaining revenge at home on 22nd March, 1920, thanks to Jimmy Cantrell and Jimmy Dimmock. Spurs topped the table, winning promotion, and of course the following year Jimmy Dimmock scored the only goal in our second FA Cup win over Wolves.

The last time we played West Ham in Division Two was in March 1950 (another promotion year, to be followed by glory), when we won 4-1, with goals from Medley, Walters (2) and Les Bennett.

Of course, Spurs have spent only one of the last 63 seasons out of the top tier, whereas West Ham have been in the lower division in 16 of those seasons, most recently last season.

Apart from the little matter of gaining Champions League football again, Spurs are in with a shout of winning this season's "London League", and have four of their ten games left to play. We are in third place in that table, behind Arsenal and Chelsea, who we have to play once more. Of the contenders, we have most games remaining. West Ham also have 10 points, but after our game, will have just one game remaining.

It could be a big, big week for Spurs with two London Derbies, with Arsenal to follow next Sunday. A win in both games would have us well set for that Champions League football we crave. The contest has got a little hotter though, with Arsenal drawing to within a point of us at home to Villa yesterday. Anything less than a win for Spurs tomorrow night will give the gooners a chance to overhaul us next Sunday. We don't want that now, do we?

Spurs can also look up the table though, and after today's 2-0 defeat of Chelsea by Manchester City. That left Chelsea just a single point above us, so a win would take us into third place with a welcome cushion before the Arsenal game.

I reckon we'll blow a hole through the West Ham celebration of Bobby Moore's memory, and come away with a two goal victory.

Tomorrow's referee will be Howard Webb, who this season has officiated in both our wins over Reading, and another match at The Emirates that I'd rather forget, thank you!

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