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Posted on 21 November 2005  - 12:00

Teddy Sheringham will be one of a number of familiar faces making a return to the Lane on Sunday, and our former striker is hoping to say his proper goodbyes to the Spurs faithful at the London derby against West Ham.

Teddy Sheringham will be one of a number of familiar faces making a return to the Lane on Sunday, and our former striker is hoping to say his proper goodbyes to the Spurs faithful at the London derby against West Ham.

The Tottenham legend will be back this time wearing the claret and blue colours of the Hammers and with the intention of taking three points back to east London with him.

But he’s hoping the occasion will present him with an opportunity to say farewell to our supporters in a capacity crowd, having not been able to do so properly when he left us back at the end of the 2002-03 campaign.

On that occasion, we had just lost heavily in Teddy’s last match, the home game against Blackburn Rovers in May, 2002, and many fans had left the stadium when the players did their end-of-season walk around the pitch.

“I’m really looking forward to the match,†said Teddy, who scored 124 goals in two spells for us from 1992-97 and 2001-03. “I came back with Portsmouth two years ago but it didn’t feel the same as this time, coming back with West Ham is a great game to return in.

“I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye properly when I left Spurs last time because we were beaten in my last game and quite a few supporters had gone home when we came back out on the pitch, so it will be nice to say farewell to all of them on Sunday.

“The game should be good, the two teams are quite close in the table and if we win we will go above Spurs. With home advantage, Tottenham have a slight edge but it should be a good contest.

I keep a keen eye on Spurs, they are one of my former clubs and one that I’ve got a lot of affinity with

I have to say I think it’s looking very optimistic and I’m really pleased that supporters can expect, rather than hope, to achieve. Going out and buying the likes of Carrick, Defoe, Davids and so on is a great statement of intent.â€Â

Teddy has continued to defy his critics once again this season with a string of impressive displays and four Premier League goals, having helped the Hammers back into the top flight last term. He’s certainly enjoying his time at Upton Park and suggested that our strikers could be in for a difficult afternoon on Sunday with the form of West Ham’s defensive partnership.

“It’s going very well, we’re playing some good football,†he revealed. “We’ve got a great team that’s playing well together. There are a lot of different qualities to the squad, we’ve got a bit of pace, skill, experience and youthful enthusiasm, a bit of everything really and that blend is helping us. Some people might be surprised at how well we’ve started, but looking at our team player for player, I don’t think they should be.

“Our two centre-halves have been outstanding this season. Danny Gabbidon came in to us from the Championship and has done exceptionally well, while Anton Ferdinand is a youngster who has come through ranks and been excellent.

“You never quite know how players will do when they come from a lower division or through your Academy, this is a big league to play in but they’ve both been great.â€Â

Next April, Teddy will turn 40 but he shows no sign of letting up playing in one of the toughest leagues in the world. His age is often the source of much discussion but he sees no reason why he should stop playing.

"I still enjoy my football and going into to train with the lads at West Ham, so why give it up? I’ve played the majority of games this season so far but I’m sure there might be times when I may have to miss a match or two because it takes a lot more out of me than it used to !

“I never set out to still be playing at 39 but you look at it season by season and make a decision on how you feel at the time. But I look at some of my old team-mates who have gave up playing when they were still performing at a very consistent level and I find it strange to do that because all I hear from ex-pros is how they wish they were still playing. And I’ve always cherished playing football, it’s a fantastic job, a fantastic way of life and I still thoroughly enjoy doing what I’m doing.â€Â