Spurs v West Ham 1927
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Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).
November 5 1927
Spurs 5 West Ham United 3
FIVE goals in the first 25 minutes delighted a crowd of 36,000 who witnessed this enthralling London derby.
Spurs went in front after just four minutes when O'Callaghan nipped in between the Hammers' hesitant defence to prod the ball into the net. Three minutes later Spurs doubled their advantage when Handley's powerful header left Bailie in the West Ham net with no chance.
The Hammers dragged themselves back into the game straight from the kick-off with a spectacular 35-yard effort from Barrett, however, while the visitors were still congratulating themselves, Spurs restored their two-goals cushion with Elkes' sharp header after O'Callaghan's shot was blocked by a defender.
Spurs continued to control the half but once more poor defending let the West Ham back into the game when Spurs keeper Brittain dropped a Yews centre and Ruffell nipped in to make it 3-2.
Spurs' now infamous passing game was unlocking the West Ham defence time and time again and on the stroke of half-time O'Callaghan made it 4-2 after capitalising on a weak Hebden backpass.
The Second half was as exciting as the first and West Ham were rewarded for their refusal to lay down and die by making the score 4-3 when Earle rose highest to head home a Yews corner.
Suitably buoyed by Earle's goal West Ham threw everything at the Spurs defence in an attempt to salvage a point but in the final minute of the game Spurs sealed a memorable victory when Elkes broke free from his marker and crossed into the box for Osborne to volley home.
The game was hailed as one of the games of the season and Spurs and West Ham enhanced their reputations as two sides that like to play passing football in an era dominated by exponents of direct physical football.
Team: Brittan; Forster, Richardson, Lowdell, Skitt, Lindsay, Handley, O'Callaghan, Osborne, Elkes, Dimmock.