Today marks 18 years since a famous win for West Ham over London rivals Tottenham in front of a packed out Upton Park crowd.

The Hammers crucially took all three points in the derby as they were in the midst of a relegation battle in the 2003/04 season.

Goals from Spurs legend Les Ferdinand and 21-year-old midfielder by the name of Michael Carrick gave the home side a 2-0 victory.

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It was a win that put West Ham level on points with fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers. There was now a five-point gap between the Hammers and West Brom, and seven clear of bottom side Sunderland.

West Ham Zone have decided to look back on the goals in our 2-0 win.

The Hammers began the day in 18th place, three points adrift of Bolton in the fight for survival in the top-flight.

We took the lead on 31 minutes through former Spurs favourite Les Ferdinand. Youngster Jermaine Defoe had picked up possession on the halfway line, turning defenders Dean Richards and Ledley King inside-out. He slipped through Ferdinand, who powerfully fired past the visitor’s keeper Casey Keller.

The American keeper was left in a heap on the floor at our number 22’s fierce strike hit the back of the net. Even sweeter, this was in front of the Spurs fans who’d once sung Ferdinand’s name.

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This was the Englishman’s first goal for West Ham since his January move from White Hart Lane. Ironically, he’d bagged the winner for Spurs in the same fixture last season.

The half ended 1-0 to the hosts. Within 90 seconds of play resuming, Glenn Roeder’s Hammers were two goals to the good.

Michael Carrick broke down the right-hand side. He cut back and lofted a cross into the Spurs penalty box which King made a huge mess of. As the ball looped above the box, Ferdinand challenged Keller who had come out to collect.

The keeper flapped at the loose ball which dropped to Carrick, who had drifted into the box unmarked. The number six lashed in with his left foot into an empty Spurs net. It was his first goal of the 2002/03 season and sealed for us a 2-0 victory at home.

It’s always nice to beat Spurs.

In other West Ham news, BBC pundit Danny Murphy has predicted who will make the top four.


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