5. Tottenham vs Chelsea
While they never considered each other primary rivals, the rivalry dates back to the 1967 FA Cup final, which was the competition’s first final to be contested between two teams from London. Tottenham won it 2–1. For Chelsea fans, it was a major blow to see two of their former players, Jimmy Greaves and Terry Venables, win the FA Cup with Tottenham
Since then, matches between them would often attract large attendances and would sometimes end up in violent clashes between supporters. This boiled once again in the 2015-16 season when Chelsea put an end to the Spurs’ title challenge just a few games from the end of the season, which opened the door for Leicester City’s remarkable title triumph.
4. Arsenal vs Chelsea
While they never considered each other primary rivals, as two of the biggest and most successful clubs in London there has always been a strong needle between the fans dating back to the 1930s. Matches between them would often attract large attendances.
The Arsenal and Chelsea rivalry has been more recently considered an important derby, after Chelsea’s rise to the top class of the Premier League in the 2000s, when the two started to compete constantly for the Premier League title. Both fancy themselves as the biggest and most successful: Arsenal have won 13 league titles and 13 FA Cups, while Chelsea are the only British club to have bagged all three European trophies as well as being the defending champions. It’s swings and roundabouts. As such, they don’t get on very well.
3. West Ham vs Tottenham
While many Irons and Spurs supporters would consider Millwall and Arsenal respectively to be their arch-enemies, this derby has also proven to be pretty fierce for a number of decades. Without a doubt, this rivalry earns a place in this list of ‘biggest rivalries in London football’.
The Tottenham supporters’ condescension feeds the Hammers fans’ disdain and the bubbling animosity exists not so much for football or geographic reasons, but for how each side views the other. Spurs belittle the Irons, West Ham fight to prove their relevance. But the rivalry has nevertheless proven to be a reliable source of entertaining plot points and intriguing narratives.