Throwback- What happened when Martin Atkinson last reffed a West Ham-Spurs game?

Martin Atkinson has been appointed as the referee for this weekend’s West Ham v Tottenham clash, and we did a feature on the club’s recent record under him.

Atkinson has reffed two West Ham v Spurs Premier League games since his appointment as a top flight official, and the last one was over eight years ago! It was at Upton Park, back in September 2010, and Avram Grant’s Hammers won the fixture 1-0, moving off the bottom of the table thanks to that victory over the Lilywhites, then managed by Harry Redknapp. French striker Frederic Piquionne scored the only goal of the GW6 clash in the 29th minute, assisted by Mark Noble.

Not surprisingly, given the cut throat nature of the Premier League, both teams have undergone wholesale changes since then, with Noble the only survivor from that fixture.

West Ham’s starting lineup that day: Green, Gabbidon, Upson, Da Costa, Jacobsen, Dyer, Parker, Boa Morte, Noble, Piquionne, Obinna

Subs used: Pablo Barrera (for Dyer), Carlton ole (for Piquionne), Radoslav Kovac (for Obinna)

Tottenham’s starting XI that day: Cudicini, Hutton, Bale, Bassong, Corluka, Huddlestone, Lennon, Jenas, van der Vaart, Modric, Crouch

Subs used: Keane (for Lennon), Giovani dos Santos (for Van der Vaart), Pavlyuchenko (for Crouch)

34,190 were in attendance at Upton Park for the game.

Two players were yellow carded by Martin Atkinson that day- both West Ham players (Boa Morte and Cole). Spurs boss Harry Redknapp described it as “more of a basketball match”

That win was also West Ham’s first of the 2010/11 season- thankfully Manuel Pellegrini’s men have already had more wins this season.

Along with Southampton, Spurs are the side against whom West Ham have registered the most number of Premier League wins (14). The Hammers have also scored more goals against Spurs (52) than any other Premier League team.

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