West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur: Who are the best and worst players to have turned out for both?

PUBLISHED: 12:30 18 November 2016 | UPDATED: 18:57 18 November 2016

Martin Peters, West Ham United

Martin Peters, West Ham United

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We look at some of the successes and disasters to have plied their trade at Upton Park and White Hart Lane

Martin Peters, Tottenham HotspurMartin Peters, Tottenham Hotspur

There are a number of players that have appeared for both West Ham United and Tottenham, so as we look forward to Saturday’s game between the two at White Hart Lane, we look back on the best and the worst of the players to go have played for both.



Tottenham Hotspur's Jimmy Greaves in action at White Hart LaneTottenham Hotspur's Jimmy Greaves in action at White Hart Lane

A World Cup winner and European Cup Winners’ Cup winner for the Hammers he made 364 appearances in claret and blue, scoring 100 goals, before moving to Spurs in 1970 where he won two League Cups and a UEFA Cup. A true legend of the game.


Known more for his time at Spurs where he scored 220 goals in 321 league games between 1961 and 1970. He moved to Upton Park as part of the deal that took Martin Peters to Spurs and though he never really hit the same heights for the Hammers he still scored two on his debut and in all managed 13 goals in 40 appearances.

Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe applauds the fans after the final whistle after his last appearance for the clubTottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe applauds the fans after the final whistle after his last appearance for the club


Made his name as a free scoring youngster at Bournemouth on loan and then established himself in the West Ham side scoring 41 goals in 105 appearances. Did not endear himself to the Hammers faithful when he joined Spurs for £6million, but he was a success there, notching 90 goals in 274 games over two periods. Still knocking them in today for Sunderland.


West Ham United's Scott Parker applauds the fans at the end of the game after his side played their final game in the Premier LeagueWest Ham United's Scott Parker applauds the fans at the end of the game after his side played their final game in the Premier League

A player, whose best days were at Upton Park rather than White Hart Lane. He won three consecutive Hammer of the Year awards and though they were not vintage times in the West Ham history, he never let the club down in his 113 games, scoring 10 goals along the way. Left for Spurs after relegation in 2011 where he made another 50 appearances in two seasons there.


Made a big impact in his time at West Ham, but it was at Tottenham were he played at his peak, for Spurs and for England.

Made 236 appearances in two spells for Spurs, scoring 98 goals, before moving to West Ham, via Portsmouth in 2004. Scored 28 goals in 76 appearances for the Hammers, helping them to gain promotion to the Premier League in 2005 as well as playing in the FA Cup final the following year. A legend, but more for Spurs.

Teddy Sheringham, West Ham UnitedTeddy Sheringham, West Ham United


A player to come through the Academy at Chadwell Heath and establish himself in the first team after being a part of the club’s 1998-99 FA Youth Cup winning side. Made 158 appearances for the Hammers before moving to Spurs in a £3.5million deal in 2004. Made 64 appearances for Spurs before moving on to Manchester United with the Hammers kicking themselves that no sell-on clause was in the contract.


West Ham United's Michael Carrick hurdles the challenge of Burnley's Richard ChaplowWest Ham United's Michael Carrick hurdles the challenge of Burnley's Richard Chaplow

A larger than life character who perhaps had his best days at Southampton and Liverpool, he nevertheless played 42 games in claret and blue where he became something of a cult hero and 50 for Spurs.


Made 45 appearances for Tottenham after joining as a youngster from Peterborough, but it was at West Ham where he made his name. Played 165 times for the Hammers between 2003 and 2009 and was voted the Hammer of the Year in his first season.

West Ham United's Neil Ruddock celebrates victory at the final whistleWest Ham United's Neil Ruddock celebrates victory at the final whistle


The youngest player to appear in an FA Cup Final in 1980 when he helped the Hammers beat Arsenal in the final, he played 192 games in claret and blue scoring 11 goals, before a surprise move to White Hart Lane in 1985. He won the FA Cup with Spurs in 1991 while he was also a Hammer of the Year in 1985 and Spurs player of the year in 1991.


West Ham United's Matthew Etherington celebrates scoring his sides third goalWest Ham United's Matthew Etherington celebrates scoring his sides third goal

Played just 16 times for Tottenham before moving to West Ham where he found his goalscoring form once again. In 130 appearances he scored 30 goals, but those included two in the play-off semi-final at Ipswich to take them to the Millennium Stadium and then winner in the final against Preston North End.


Another whose best days were at Tottenham rather than West Ham.

The Brighton boss played over 300 games as a Spurs full back, winning two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup along the way.

Paul Allen, Tottenham Hotspur.Paul Allen, Tottenham Hotspur.

Made 40 appearances for the Hammers between 1990-92.


Signed from Lyon, he became an important part of Harry Redknapp’s West Ham, playing up front with Paolo Di Canio. Made 92 appearances for the Hammers, scoring 33 goals before moving to Spurs for £3.5million. Played 60 appearances for Tottenham scoring 15 goals before moving to Sevilla.

West Ham United's Bobby Zamora celebrates his goalWest Ham United's Bobby Zamora celebrates his goal


Had his best days at Tottenham where between 1984 and 1988 he scored a superb 60 goals in 105 league games for the club, including 49 on one season. Moved to West Ham in 1992, playing 44 games and scoring 18 goals.


Chris Hughton, Tottenham HotspurChris Hughton, Tottenham Hotspur

Spent eight years at White Hart Lane as a youngster but played just 21 league games in that time. The midfielder joined West Ham from Swindon in 1994 and became an influential player, making over 200 appearances and scoring nine goals.


His best periods were at QPR and maybe Newcastle United, but still had his moments for both Spurs and the Hammers. Played over 100 games for Spurs, scoring 33 goals between 1997 and 2003, while at the Hammers he made just 14 appearances, scoring two.

Frederic Kanoute, West Ham UnitedFrederic Kanoute, West Ham United



Certainly did not have his best days at Upton Park. Arrived on loan to try and save Avram Grant’s team from relegation and his two goals and numerous misses did not do the trick. The Ireland star had a wonderful time at Tottenham between 2002 and 2008 scoring 80 goals in 197 league matches.

(L-R) Chelsea's Keith Dublin can only watch as Tottenham Hotspur's Clive Allen fires home his, and his team's, second goal of the match(L-R) Chelsea's Keith Dublin can only watch as Tottenham Hotspur's Clive Allen fires home his, and his team's, second goal of the match


Romanian international who never showed his true form for either team. Was at Spurs first, but made just 18 appearances, though he did score four goals. While he faired even worst at West Ham with an unlucky 13 appearances and no goals.


West Ham's John Moncur is fouled by Tottenham's Darren AndertonWest Ham's John Moncur is fouled by Tottenham's Darren Anderton

The lanky defender arrived from Spurs as an expensive £500,000 replacement for the injured Julian Dicks. He had made 157 appearances for Tottenham and his time at West Ham was hardly impressive with 47 appearances in three seasons.


Like Dumitrescu, the Ukraine international’s time at both clubs did not go well. Was more impressive at Tottenham where his 60 appearances yielded 10 goals, but looked over the hill at West Ham as he managed two goals in 32 appearances.

Les Ferdinand, Tottenham HotspurLes Ferdinand, Tottenham Hotspur

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Like Robbie Keane, he was brought in by Avram Grant to try and save the side from relegation, but he faired even worse than the Irishman. Had shown some quality at White Hart Lane first on loan and then as a permanent move, scoring 14 goals in 38 games. However his nine-game loan spell at Upton Park yielded no goals and included a vital penalty miss.


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