Our games against Spurs are probably the games I look forward to the most every season especially as West Ham v Millwall is almost a redundant fixture now. I love the passion, the banter and most of all the memories when we win. Looking back at some of my favourite games in this fixture and I honestly don’t know where to start.
Of course we have a 1-0 win this season. This is one of the first times I have gone into this fixture genuinely expecting us to win and I would have been disappointed had we not. This shows the progress we have made in recent years that I do 100 per cent think our team and squad is better than theirs.
Who could forget the two games last season, the only real downside is that we couldn’t attend the games. Imagine the feeling of being there as Lanzini’s thunderbolt bounced down off the bar. The home game as well when Jesse, Declan and Pablo created their ‘band celebration’ would have been special too.
My first favourite game at the new stadium and one that still sticks in my mind is when we beat Spurs 1-0 with Lanzini scoring again on May 5, 2017 which effectively ended Spurs’ title push and let their fans celebrate the ‘we pushed them hard’ trophy that ended up being their only silverware that year.
Another thing that I really love about West Ham is that we were the last team to win at Highbury and the first team to win at Emirates. But we have added to that by also being the first team to score and win at the new White Hart Lane with Antonio getting another winner and celebrating in style at their place in April 2019.
Looking further back in reverse chronological order. We have the famous 3-0 win under Big Sam, where Ravel Morrison gave us a glimpse of the undisputed talent that he had. Then there was ‘Lasagne-gate’ when Spurs players complained that they had all been fed poisoned food.
This allegation proved to be false but something wasn’t right as Carl Fletcher and Yossi Benayoun contributed to us beating them 2-1 and allowing their arch rivals Arsenal to leapfrog them into the Champions League spot that year.
In April 1999, I was sat in with Spurs fans whilst watching us win 2-1 with former Gooner Ian Wright scoring our opener. I couldn’t resist celebrating and feared for my life for the remainder of the fixture. Thankfully being a child (of near adult age) I think I just about got away with it.
In August 1997, you had another classic 2-1 win. This was right at the start of the season to set us up nicely. What was so special about this game too was that the goals came from former Arsenal player John Hartson and a special Israeli magician in the name of Eyal Berkovic – who just that summer had turned down a more obvious move to Spurs to join West Ham. This was a great thing to gloat about to my Spurs’ supporting friends at school.
Probably the most exciting Spurs game I ever saw was the 4-3 win over them in February 1997. Dicksy got two and debutants Kitson and Hartson got a goal each in the rain and wind swept conditions under the lights at Upton Park.
That remains to this day one of my favourite ever games not just in this fixture but overall.
Whilst this next game is the only game on this list that I didn’t attend, it still is right up there: Spurs 1, West Ham 4 in 1994. I remember listening to this on Capital Gold with my dad and loving Jonathan Pearce screaming his way through the fixture.
There are other notable games especially in the cups with a Maiga winner and then a comeback win at Wembley when Spurs played there with a couple from Andre Ayew. For the older fans, league games where Cottee scored on his debut and David Cross scored four must be right up there too.
There have even been a couple of amazing draws as well as last seasons 3-3. There was the 1-1 when Hislop went up for the corner and Anton put the ball in the net in the last minute at their place.
It really is a great fixture and one that I have so many life lasting memories from.