Many neutrals will be looking forward to Saturday’s encounter and expecting plenty of goals and some attractive football from Spurs and West Ham.
Of course it doesn’t always work like that, but over the years there have been some memorable, goal-laden games between these two and this is one of the reasons why it’s normally televised.
Ask any Spurs fan what their favourite game was against West Ham and most will point to the 4-3 at Upton Park in 2007, when Paul Stalteri of all people, scored a dramatic late winner.
For me I’m going to go back 20 years further to one of my favourite seasons – 1986/87. Ultimately, the detractors will point out that we won nothing that year, but it was great time to be watching Spurs. Clive Allen got all the headlines with his 49 goals, but throughout the side we were sublime and the five-man midfield including Hoddle and Waddle at their best, were breathtaking at times. Incredibly we were tight at the back too! A defence marshalled by Mabbutt and Gough kept a run of clean sheets.
In February 1987, a crowd of over 42,000 saw West Ham come to the Lane for a fifth round League Cup replay. This may be written with the benefit of rose tinted specs but from what I remember, this was almost perfect football throughout the side.
No prizes for guessing who was on the scoresheet. Allen C. weighed in with a hat-trick, with the other goals coming from Glenn and Nico Claesen, who was enjoying a rare start.
Happy memories from a game that typified that season – a repeat on Saturday would be very nice indeed. Sadly, no video footage of that match seems to currently exist (unless you know different), so here’s that 4-3 win instead.