There’s too much filthy water under the bridge – all of it generated by Spurs – for tomorrow afternoon’s game at White Hart Lane to be anything other than a really serious grudge match.
It probably started way back when such as Paul Allen and Martin Peters swapped the claret and blue for the Spurs white – a history which David Gold once told me: “I hated it as a fan and I hate it as an owner.
“I’m fed up with selling players to Spurs – we are no longer a selling club and Spurs are off our radar.”
However, it was hardly a surprise that when one of our most influential players Cheik Kouyate was linked o a move in the summer, Spurs were the club he was linked to before ClaretandHigh was told by entirely trustworthy insiders he was going “absolutely nowhere.”
There’s much more and The Telegraph’s Matt Law recalls in a piece this morning Karren Brady’s mobile phone bills and bank statements that were accessed by a private investigator.
That resulted in three men, one of whom worked for a company hired by Tottenham, being fined for spying on West Ham’s bid for tenancy of the Olympic Stadium. Spurs repeatedly insisted they knew nothing of Howard Hill’s illegal behaviour.
Tottenham’s seeming ‘jealousy’ has know no bounds with suggestions of ground sharing or using the Boleyn arising as the scuttle around looking for premises next season. Brady had placed a covenant on UP to ensure no such occupation could take place.
ClaretandHugh knows from the best possible sources that the possibility of allowing Spurs access to anything connected with West Ham is pure anathema to David Gold and David Sullivan.
On top of all that unpleasant posturing came the Adebayor’s incident when chairman Daniel Levy would not agree to West Ham’s proposed deal of paying half the striker’s salary as a loan deal collapsed.
Levy refused to pay a single penny of his wages and eventually forced the Hammers to pull out following DG’s famous: “Don’t go to bed comment on deadline day.”
The dislike between the two clubs is very real and entirely justified on our side although the Hammers chairmen have made it clear in a website statement on the official site that the behaviour of our fans tomorrow is seriously important and they will accept no ‘cross the line behaviour.’
I can’t imagine that any of us will be hanging around in that unpleasant part of north London after the game – least of all David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady.