Tottenham and West Ham are less than 12 miles apart and have shared a rivalry stretching back to the late years of the 1890s. They first butted heads on September 3, 1898 before a crowd of approximately 4,000 supporters. At the time the Hammers were known as Thames Ironworks and both sides were part of the Thames & Medway League. This was before the days of either White Hart Lane or Upton Park. Tottenham won the match 3-0 and went on to win two subsequent matches in 1899 by score margins of 2-1 and 7-0.
Both sets of supporters hate each other passionately and it have resulted in some fierce clashes on and off the field. However, there are some players who dared to switch the sides between these two. Let us have a look at some players who played for both Tottenham and West Ham.
Here are the 10 players who played for both Tottenham and West Ham
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10. Michael Carrick
West Ham 1999-2004
Carrick began his career at West Ham United, joining the youth team in 1997 and winning the FA Youth Cup two years later. He was sent on loan twice during his debut season, to Swindon Town and Birmingham City. The deep-lying midfielder broke into the first team later that year and went on to make 159 appearances for the Hammers.
Carrick remained at the club even after relegation to the First Division in 2003, but West Ham’s failure to win promotion saw him depart the following year. In 2004, he moved to rival London club Tottenham Hotspur for a fee believed to be £3.5 million. After a difficult start he became regular starter at White Hart Lane. After two seasons with Spurs, Carrick was sold to Manchester United for an initial fee of £14m.
9. Paul Allen
West Ham 1979-1985
At 17 years and 256 days old, Allen’s appearance for West Ham United against Arsenal in the 1980 FA Cup Final made him the youngest player to appear in an FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, and Trevor Brooking’s goal settled the showpiece in the Irons’ favour. It was a fantastic start to Allen’s career at Upton Park, which spanned six seasons and also featured promotion to the First Division in 1981.
Paul Allen moved to the Lane in the mid-1980s, remaining at Spurs for 8 seasons and was in the Tottenham FA Cup winning team in 1991. An industrious midfield player who worked tirelessly on the right wing, he was a great player.
8. Chris Hughton
Tottenham – 1977–1990
West Ham- 1990–1992
After making his professional debut aged 20, the Brighton established himself in the Tottenham side in 1979 and winning two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup the following decade. One of Spurs’ greatest ever full-backs, Hughton made 398 appearances for the club before departing for West Ham in 1990.
Having been born just 10 minutes from Upton Park, he was delighted to make the move, admitting “it was like going home”. His West Ham career amounted to just 32 league games, but Hughton did help the east Londoners win promotion to the Premier League under club legend Billy Bonds in 1992.
7. Clive Allen
Tottenham – 1984–1988
West Ham – 1992–1994
Born in the East End of London, Allen played as a forward for seven different London clubs. Apart from Tottenham and West Ham , he also played for QPR, Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Millwall. Allen scored 84 goals in 135 games for Spurs winning both the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards in 1986/87.
His time at Upton Park wasn’t quite as successful, but Allen’s 14 goals in 1992/93 were essential to West Ham’s promotion to the Premier League.
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6. Jermain Defoe
West Ham – 1999-2004
Tottenham – 2004-2008 & 20009-2014
The ex-England international started his career with the Hammers. Harry Redknapp sent him on loan to old club Bournemouth, and he burst onto the scene with scoring exploits.
When West Ham endured Premier League relegation in 2003 despite his best efforts, Defoe stayed loyal, but was snapped up by Spurs in January 2004. He spent 9 of the next 10 years at White Hart Lane becoming the club’s 5th highest scorer of all-time with 143 goals. His 23 goals in European competitions took him to the top of the goalscoring chart, one ahead of Martin Chivers.
5. John Moncur
Tottenham – 1984-1992
West Ham – 1994-2003
Moncur’s first steps as a professional footballer came at Tottenham. The midfielder broke through at White Hart Lane in the mid-1980s but struggled to nail down a place in the first team, which saw him loaned out to several clubs before his permanent departure in 1992 to Swindon Town.
Two years at Swindon proceeded Moncur’s move to West Ham, where he remained until retirement in 2003. His combative style quickly made him a fans’ favourite at Upton Park, Moncur ending his Hammers career with 203 appearances to his name. He earns the fifth place in our list of ‘players who played for both Tottenham and West Ham’.
4. Martin Peters
West Ham – 1959-1970
Tottenham – 1970-1975
Martin Peters is undoubtedly one of the greatest players who played for both Tottenham and West Ham. He was known as “the complete midfielder” as he could pass the ball well with either foot, was good in the air and difficult to mark because of his movement.
A West Ham Academy Product, Peters made his debut in 1962 and went on to play for 8 long years for the club. He made 364 apps for Hammers helping them to their first European trophy, the Cup Winners’ Cup, in 1965. He also won the World Cup in that period – the midfielder scored a goal in the final.
Tottenham paid a record £200,000 to sign the Essex-born creator at the start of the 1970s, with Peters going on to feature in 260 matches for the north Londoners. His five-year spell at the Lane brought two League Cup winner’s medals, with Spurs and Peters also triumphant in the 1972 UEFA Cup.
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3. Scott Parker
West Ham – 2007-2011
Tottenham – 2011-2013
Parker established himself as the heartbeat of the West Ham team in 2008/09, winning the club’s Player of the Year award and then successfully defending his crown the following term. Parker made it three in a row in 2010/11, while also claiming the FWA Footballer of the Year prize despite the Hammers’ relegation.
Amid speculation that Tottenham Hotspur would sign the player, Parker handed West Ham co-owner David Gold a hand written transfer request, saying “I have had a fantastic four years at West Ham United and will never forget all the support I have had from the fans and everyone associated with the club.” “The manager and board have tried hard to convince me to stay but at this stage in my career, I need to be playing in the Premier League, especially now that I am involved with England.” “I hope the fans will understand and respect my decision and I wish the club every success in their fight for promotion this season.”
He enjoyed a productive early 30s, becoming an England regular after joining Spurs in August 2011. He made 34 appearances in his first season at the club, followed by 29 in his second as Spurs narrowly missed out on a top-four finish.
2. Teddy Sheringham
Tottenham – 1992–1997 & 2001–2003
West Ham – 2004–2007
London-born Sheringham began his career Millwall, before a single-season stint at Nottingham Forest. Tottenham brought the striker back to the capital in 1992, with Sheringham going on to score 99 goals in 195 games.
He returned to White Hart Lane in 2001 after four seasons with Manchester United, netting 26 times before moving to Portsmouth two years later. Some of the above names quit West Ham when they went down, but classy striker Sheringham signed for them in the Championship in 2004.
At the age of 39, Sheringham still could not stop scoring, hitting 20 as the Hammers reclaimed Premier League status with promotion via the play-offs. He later helped the club consolidate their top-flight status.
1. Jimmy Greaves
Tottenham – 1961-1970
West Ham – 1970- 1970
Jimmy Greaves is one of the best players who played for both Tottenham and West Ham. He is Tottenham Hotspur’s highest ever goalscorer with 266 goals, the highest goalscorer in the history of English top-flight football with 357 goals, and he has also scored more hat-tricks (six) for England than anyone else.
He finished as the First Division’s top scorer in six seasons. He is a member of the English Football Hall of Fame. The world Cup winner helped the north Londoners to two FA Cups, European Cup Winners Cup and second place in the First Division in 1963.
Jimmy Greaves made an unexpected departure from Spurs in March, 1970 as part of the deal for Peters. Greaves maintained his record of scoring on his debut when getting two goals for the Hammers against Manchester City. On the opening day of the 1970-71 season Spurs and West Ham met at White Hart Lane. The match ended in a 2 – 2 draw. Alan Gilzean scored both goals for Spurs but Greaves equalised in the first half for West Ham.
He spent 18 months with West Ham before retiring. The striker scored 13 goals in his 40 appearances in all competitions, as Ron Greenwood’s men avoided relegation to the Second Division in Greaves’ only full season with the club.
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