Tottenham On This Day: Spurs Score Five Against West Ham In League Cup


Tottenham On This Day: 

2nd February, 1987

Clive Allen Hat-trick In League Cup Triumph

Tottenham Hotspur 5 West Ham United 0 (League Cup 5th Round Replay)

Scorers: Allen, C. (3, 1 pen), Claesen, Hoddle

Team: Clemence; Thomas, D., Thomas, M.; Ardiles, Gough, Mabbutt; Allen, C., Allen, P., Waddle, Hoddle, Claesen

This Littlewoods Cup replay against West Ham was required after the two sides had drawn 1 – 1 at Upton Park the previous week. Clive Allen had put Spurs ahead 7 minutes before the interval but the home team drew level immediately after the break in the 48th minute.

The replay saw Spurs produce a top class performance with Ossie Ardiles and Glenn Hoddle in control, producing some very attractive football.

After six minutes Ardiles created the opening goal for Nico Claesen who had come into the team in place of Tony Galvin. From that point on, Spurs dominated the game but it was not until the 71st minute that they increased their lead with a Hoddle shot from 20 yards.

In the last ten minutes Clive Allen who had a tremendous goalscoring season came into his own, completing a hat-trick in 9 minutes with a penalty after a foul on his cousin, Paul Allen.

The draw determined that Spurs would travel across London for the 5th Round game.

This is a game often remembered by those present as one of Spurs’ best displays of the season and the success set up a two-leg semi-final clash with North London neighbours, Arsenal.

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  • Patrick

    This was the first Tottenham game I went to. I stood with my dad in the upper East if I remember rightly. I was 7-years old at the time and it was the start of a lifelong love affair with the mighty Spurs. I remember crying when I watched us lose the Cup Final on TV later that year. I think that season, the first that I can properly remember, summed up my Spurs supporting life. Some glorious wins (the 5-0 bring a great highlight) but ultimately tears in the end (Keith fucking Houchen).

    • Logan Holmes

      It was a season when we nearly achieved so much but ultimately ended in disappointment. The LC semi-final defeat and FA Cup Final loss were hard to take. A good team which broke up so quickly with Hoddle going and then Richard Gough returning to Scotland, a great loss.