Dan Coker's Match Preview
Blast from the past
Today’s focus sees us travel back over 115 years, to the 14th February 1903 – this particular Valentine’s Day saw psychoanalyst Carl Jung marry Emma Rauschenbach, the elder daughter of a wealthy industrialist. West Ham United, meanwhile, secured a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in front of 8,000 at the Memorial Grounds.
The winning goal was scored by inside-forward James Wallace (pictured). Wallace made his West Ham debut at inside-right in a 1-0 FA Cup third qualifying round victory at Leyton on 2nd November 1901; his only other appearance that season was a 3-0 defeat at Reading three weeks later. He had better luck in 1902/03 when he switched to the inside-left berth against Wellingborough in January 1903 and kept the position for the remainder of that campaign, scoring his first two goals for the Irons in his next two games, a 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers and 3-2 home win over Northampton. The strike in this featured match against Tottenham was his third and final goal for the club in the eighth of his 18 Hammers appearances. He joined Luton with outside-left Billy Barnes in the summer of 1904.
Syd King’s Hammers would end the 1902/03 Southern League First Division season in tenth position, while Tottenham would finish fourth. Southampton topped the division, The Wednesday won the First Division title and Bury won the FA Cup. Bill Grassam topped the Hammers’ scoring charts that season, with 19 goals from 30 matches.
West Ham United: Fred Griffiths, Aubrey Fair, James Dow, James Bigden, Bill Yenson, Joe Blythe, John Campbell, Bill Grassam, Bill Davidson, James Wallace, Billy Barnes.
A large group of players have turned out for Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United. Divided here by position, they include:
Goalkeepers: Bill Kaine, Charlie Ambler, Tony Parks, Fred Griffiths.
Defenders: Calum Davenport, Paul Konchesky, Mark Bowen, Mauricio Tarrico, Steve Walford, Simon Webster, Chris Hughton, Percy Mapley, Fred Milnes, Mitchell Thomas, Neil Ruddock.
Midfielders: Paul Allen, Scott Parker, Michael Carrick, Jimmy Neighbour, Ilie Dumitrescu, Matthew Etherington, Mark Robson, David Bentley, Charlie Whitchurch, Chris Carrick, Martin Peters, John Smith, John Moncur.
Strikers: Mido, Frederic Kanoute, Almer Hall, Peter Kyle, Sergei Rebrov, Kenny McKay, George Foreman, Dave Dunmore, Teddy Sheringham, Les Bennett, Jermain Defoe, Bill Joyce, Robbie Keane, Fred Massey, Jimmy Reid, Clive Allen, Bobby Zamora, Les Ferdinand, Jimmy Greaves, Harry Bradshaw.
Jack Tresadern played for West Ham and managed Tottenham, while Trevor Hartley also played for the Hammers and managed Spurs on a caretaker basis. Alan Pardew played for Tottenham and managed the Hammers, while Harry Redknapp played for the Hammers and managed both clubs.
Today’s focus is on a current Hammer who started his career at Tottenham Hotspur. Ryan Fredericks was born in Hammersmith on 10th October 1992. He came through Tottenham’s Academy and was named on the bench for the senior side’s 3-1 FA Cup fourth round replay victory over Leeds at Elland Road in February 2010. Injury would keep him out for almost a year but he would make a senior debut for Tottenham under Harry Redknapp in their goalless draw with Hearts in the UEFA Europa League Play-Offs in August 2011, before featuring twice in the Group Stage. He played nine minutes of a 0-0 draw at PAOK Salonika and the full match away to Rubin Kazan which ended in a 1-0 defeat. Fredericks also made one appearance for England Under-19s but found his path blocked by Nathaniel Clyne and Andre Wisdom at Under-21 level. He is eligible to represent Guyana.
Andre Villas-Boas did not give Fredericks any game time in 2012/13, opting to loan him to Brentford instead. Fredericks turned 20 while with the League One side and made his Football League debut for the Griffin Park club, playing three minutes of a goalless draw at Bury in August 2012. Fredericks was finally handed a start back at Tottenham by Villas-Boas in a Europa League Group Stage match against Anzhi Makhachkala in December 2013, but it would prove to be the Portuguese manager’s penultimate match in charge of Spurs. Fredericks won a penalty in the 4-1 victory at White Hart Lane. Tim Sherwood loaned Fredericks to Millwall and the right-back scored his first senor goal on his debut for the Lions in a 1-0 win over Ipswich at The Den.
New Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino sent Fredericks on a season-long loan to Middlesbrough for the 2014/15 campaign. Pochettino allowed Fredericks to leave the club permanently in the summer of 2015, with the 22-year-old signing for Steve Cotterill’s Bristol City. He made five appearances for his new club before requesting a move for personal reasons. He returned to London just 26 days after signing for Bristol City, joining fellow Championship side Fulham – he made 114 goalless appearances for Fulham, registering 15 assists and 29 yellow cards.
Fredericks signed for Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham on a free transfer in June of this year. He made his Hammers debut in a 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on 12th August this year. Now 26, he has made four appearances to date for West Ham, scoring one goal in the 8-0 League Cup third round win over Macclesfield on 26th September 2018.
The referee on Saturday will be Martin Atkinson. 2018/19 is Atkinson’s 14th as a Premier League referee. Since West Ham United achieved promotion back to the top flight in 2012 Atkinson has refereed 22 of our league matches, officiating in ten wins for the Hammers, three draws and nine defeats. Atkinson is pictured refereeing this fixture in 2010, when the Irons won 1-0 courtesy of a Frederic Piquionne header.
His Hammers appointments last season were our 1-1 home draws with Leicester and Bournemouth in November and January respectively, our 4-1 defeat at Swansea in March, our 3-0 home defeat to Brighton last October and our 4-0 opening weekend defeat at Manchester United in August 2017. His most recent Irons match was our 3-1 win over Everton last month.
West Ham United will be without Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll. Arthur Masuaku, Robert Snodgrass and Chicharito should all be available. The Hammers have won five of the last 22 Premier League games against Tottenham.
Tottenham Hotspur are without Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Vincent Janssen but Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen should be available. There have been four red cards in the last five encounters between these two sides in east London. Harry Kane has seven goals in his last seven league games against West Ham.
Possible West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell; Rice, Noble, Obiang; Yarmolenko, Arnautovic, Anderson.
Possible Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Dier, Wanyama; Lucas Moura, Eriksen, Son; Kane.
Enjoy the game – Up The Hammers!