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2014-08-15T14:00:00 Updated 2015-02-18T21:18:36

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In brief

West Ham United's 2014/15 campaign gets underway on Saturday with a mouthwatering London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Hammers defeated their London neighbours three times last season and will be going for a fourth straight victory over their rivals when they lock horns at the Boleyn Ground.

West Ham's last competiive Boleyn Ground outing was also against Spurs, when an own goal from Harry Kane set the Hammers on the way to a 2-0 win, which was sealed by Stewart Downing's free-kick.

New Tottenham boss Maurico Pochettino will take charge of the north Londoners for the first time, with new arrivals Michel Vorm, Ben Davies and Eric Dier at his disposal.

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Who are they?

Tottenham Hotspur were formed in 1882 and won the FA Cup for the first time in 1901, when still a Southern League team. They remain the only non-league team to lift the Cup following the formation of the Football League.

Twice league winners, in 1950/51 and 1960/61, they also won the FA Cup in the latter season to become the first team to win the double in the 20th century.

They have won the FA Cup eight times in all - their last triumph being in 1991 - with their trophy cabinet also home to four League Cups, two UEFA Cups and a European Cup Winners' Cup.

In recent times they reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in 2010/11 and finished last season in sixth place.

Team news

Four of the Hammers' summer signings could feature on Saturday, with Cheikhou Kouyate, Mauro Zarate, Aaron Cresswell and Diego Poyet all vying for selection.

Fellow new arrival Enner Valencia could miss out after only resuming training a little over a week ago, while Carl Jenkinson is nursing a hamstring injury. Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho signed from Metz this week but is awaiting international clearance from the French FA.

For Tottenham, Kyle Walker is struggling with the pelvic injury which kept him out of the World Cup, while Michael Dawson (knock) and Vlad Chiriches (back) are also doubtful.


Saturday's match referee will be 51-year-old Chris Foy.

Foy has been a Barclays Premier League referee since 2001, having originally made the Select Group list of assistant referees in 1995.

In 2007, Foy took charge of the FA Trophy final at Wembley, before returning to the Home of Football a year later to act as fourth official for Portsmouth's FA Cup final victory over Cardiff.

In 2009, he was back at Wembley to take charge of the League Cup final and Community Shield, while Portsmouth were in action again as Foy refereed the 2010 FA Cup final, which Pompey lost to today's visitors Chelsea.

In all, Foy has taken charge of 29 West Ham fixtures - the first coming as long ago as 23 February 2002, when Frederic Kanoute scored the only goal in a 1-0 home Premier League win over Middlesbrough.

Foy's most-recent Hammers appointment was the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg visit of Manchester City on 21 January 2014, which Manchester City won 3-0 to go through to Wembley.


Fans should get to their seats early on Saturday as Mark Noble and Josh Cullen will be presented with their Hammer of the Year and Dylan Tombides Award trophies.

Sir Trevor Brooking will also be presented to the crowd to receive his Lifetime Achievement Award.

The family fun zone previously advertised will not be in the car park at the Tottenham game. However, our young fans can meet and have their photo taken with Hammerhead and Bubbles from 2pm near the Stadium store. The fun zone will be in place at the Southampton game.

One to watch

Tottenham Hotspur

Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen was Tottenham's Player of the Year in his debut White Hart Lane season and will be looking to orchestrate matters from the middle of the park on Saturday.

Eriksen will play behind the striker for the visitors, looking to provide for his frontman as well as snffing out goalscoring opportunities for himself.

The 22-year-old started his career at Ajax, where he scored 32 times in 163 Eredivise appearances prior to moving on to Spurs last summer.

He has been capped 44 times by Denmark, scoring five goals, and travelled to the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2012.

West Ham United

New signing Cheikhou Kouyate could well be the man tasked with shackling Eriksen on Saturday.

The rangy midfielder was a summer arrival at the Boleyn Ground from Belgian champions Anderlecht and has already made a big impression in pre-season with his all-action style of play.

He possesses energy, drive and dynamism and will not be afraid to put his foot in as the Hammers look to make their mark in midfield.


A very limited number of tickets remain for Saturday's game. Click here to buy now.


Engineering works are affecting the District and Hammersmith & City lines this weekend  - click here for full details


The forecast is for a pleasant afternoon with sunny intervals and a maximum temperature of 20C (68F).

Television coverage

To find out which broadcaster is showing the game in your country, click here.

Last meeting

West Ham United last hosted Tottenham in May, when they completed an historic treble over their north London rivals. Younes Kaboul was sent off early on, and once a Harry Kane own goal gave the Hammers the edge, there was no looking back. Stewart Downing's free-kick set the seal on a memorable 2-0 triumph.

West Ham United 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Boleyn Ground
Saturday 3 May 2014

West Ham United: Adrian; Demel, Tomkins, Reid, McCartney; Downing, Noble, Nolan (Jarvis 86), Taylor, Diame; Carroll (C Cole 84)
Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Armero, Vaz Te, Collins, Nocerino

Goals: Kane og 27 , Downing 44

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Rose; Lennon, Paulinho (Sandro), Sigurdsson (Soldado 66), Eriksen; Adebayor, Kane (Chirices 28).
Subs not used: Friedel, Fryers, Pritchard, Bentaleb


Richard House Children's Hospice will be collecting around the ground at Saturday's match v Tottenham Hotspur.

The West Ham United players will be wearing Richard House t-shirts in their pre-match warm-up.

One of the Hammers' official club charities, the Beckton-based hospice provides respite for children and young people whose lives are limited due to terminal illnesses and complex health conditions as well as support for their families.

Richard House relies totally on contributions to keep it going and donations go towards being able to give round-the-clock care.

For more information on Richard House Children's Hospice, go to

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