Number of meetings at Upton Park/London Stadium in the Premier League era: 23
W/D/L Record: West Ham United Wins 10, Tottenham Hotspur Wins 10, Draws 3
Average Attendance: 33,977
Total Number of Goals: 60
Top 5 Fixture Goalscorers: Jermain Defoe 3, Les Ferdinand 3, Gareth Bale 2, Julian Dicks 2, John Hartson 2
All data correct upto the end of the 2018-2019 season
The Premier League returns from the last international break of 2019 with a London Derby which pits together two former Premier League championship-winning managers.
The sensational managerial change this week at Tottenham Hotspur sees Jose Mourinho returns to the dugout 11 months after his sacking from Manchester United. Mourinho succeeds Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked after Spurs achieved just six Premier League victories in the 2019 calendar year.
Mourinho comes up against an under-fire Manuel Pellegrini. His club, West Ham haven’t won any of their last six Premier League fixtures and have dropped to 16th in the table.
Ahead of this weekend’s meeting, I go back through the Premier League archives to relieve 10 previous fixtures and it has been an equal split between home and away victories at either Upton Park or The London Stadium.
14th January 1995: West Ham United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
After a slow start, Tottenham were climbing up the table under the sure guidance of Gerry Francis. They had kept six consecutive clean sheets in all competitions before their visit to East London but were breached before half-time by Jeroen Boere’s header. However, the Spurs strikeforce struck back in the second half. Both Teddy Sheringham and Jurgen Klinsmann scored their 11th goals of the season to ensure Tottenham left with all three points and a spot in the Premier League’s top six.
Struggling in the bottom three and lacking firepower in-attack, Harry Redknapp had recently entered the transfer market to galvanise his West Ham side. John Hartson and Paul Kitson had both arrived from Arsenal and Newcastle United respectively. Both scored their first Hammers goals in a breathless Monday night match which saw both teams lead and seven goals shared out. The ultimate hero was Julian Dicks. The defender scored twice, including an unstoppable spot-kick to earn West Ham their first-ever home victory over their London rivals in the Premier League era.
28th November 1998: West Ham United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham were flying in the 1998-1999 season despite Harry Redknapp having a falling out with his board over the necessity to sell utility player Andy Impey. Things were going well on-the-pitch with Trevor Sinclair enjoying a cracking day here. The midfielder’s two goals – one either side of half-time saw West Ham to a 2-1 victory and moved them into second place in the Premier League table. They went on to record their best-ever Premier League end of season finish of fifth.
7th May 2006: West Ham United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
It was the final day of the 2005-2006 season and Tottenham only needed to match the result of north London neighbours Arsenal to secure a qualifying place for the following season’s UEFA Champions League. However, it went badly wrong at Upton Park. Several of the Tottenham first-team squad went down with a stomach bug overnight with allegations made of a dodgy lasagne being served at their hotel base.
Despite asking the Premier League to delay or even postpone the fixture, this was refused and they played on. However, they looked a pale shadow of the team that had played so well over the season. Yossi Benayoun struck the final blow 10 minutes from time. The Hammers won 2-1 and Arsenal’s final day victory over Wigan Athletic on Highbury’s last day ensured they snatched fourth spot from Tottenham.
4th March 2007: West Ham United 3-4 Tottenham Hotspur
One of the finest-ever Premier League matches took place between these teams in March 2007. West Ham were bottom of the table and desperate for a victory. They led 2-0 at half-time, courtesy of Mark Noble’s first-ever goal in the senior side and a brilliant free-kick from Carlos Tevez.
Tottenham fought back and had the game level at 2-2 midway through the second half thanks to a Jermain Defoe penalty and a sweet finish by Teemu Tainio. Five minutes were left when Bobby Zamora headed West Ham back infront. Yet again, they lost the lead as Dimitar Berbatov curled an inch-perfect free-kick into the top corner.
Then in stoppage-time, the visitors broke clear on a counter-attack and when Robert Green couldn’t hold onto a shot, Paul Stalteri was there to score from close-range. 10 points adrift of safety with 10 games left to play; this result seemed to have virtually condemned West Ham to the drop. However, the agony of this defeat spurred on Alan Curbishley’s side and they turned this situation around to stay up on the final day of the season.
25th November 2007: West Ham United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
In the previous 23 meetings at West Ham’s home ground, there has only been three draws between the two teams. One of those came in November 2007. For the second successive season, Spurs had the opportunity to win the game in stoppage-time after Michael Dawson cancelled out Carlton Cole’s first half strike. However, Robert Green was the hero for the home side, saving Jermain Defoe’s weak spot-kick to ensure a share of the spoils.
25th February 2013: West Ham United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur
This game was all about one man, Gareth Bale. The Welshman was putting in some mesmerising displays and this match was another example of his stunning talent. He scored two marvellous goals; including a dramatic late winner for Tottenham in this 3-2 victory. West Ham did lead midway through the second half, as Joe Cole scored the first goal of his second spell at the club but their best efforts were to be outdone by Bale’s brilliance. The result took Tottenham into third spot in the table but again, they missed out on Champions League football and Bale left that summer for Real Madrid.
16th August 2014: West Ham United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
This fixture was actually where Mauricio Pochettino’s reign began as Tottenham manager and it started with a hard-working victory at Upton Park. It came despite being forced to play with 10 men for over an hour after Kyle Naughton saw red for a handball. Mark Noble though did something very rare and missed the penalty. West Ham also had James Collins sent off in the second half and it was left to new signing, Eric Dier, to give Tottenham victory in injury-time, calmly rounding Adrian after being played through by Harry Kane. The Pochettino era had started in the best possible fashion.
Tottenham knew if they won this fixture, they could close the gap on league leaders Chelsea to just a single point and put real pressure on Antonio Conte’s side going into their last three fixtures. However, the West Ham faithful were still waiting for a landmark performance at their new London Stadium home. They got it here. Manuel Lanzini scored the only goal of the game 20 minutes from time. Tottenham’s fourth loss of the season was their most costly. Exactly a week later, Chelsea were crowned Premier League champions for a fifth time.
20th October 2018: West Ham United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Last season’s meeting saw Tottenham claim all three points and West Ham’s new signing Andriy Yarmolenko suffer a devastating blow. The Ukrainian international had impressed since arriving from Borussia Dortmund but sustained a season-ending Achilles injury in the 40th minute. Four minutes later, Moussa Sissoko crossed for Erik Lamela to head home the only goal of the game.