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12 December 2017

Former Albion and Spurs players - Martin Chivers, Gary O'Reilly and Bobby Zamora.

Ahead of Wednesday evening’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium, we take a look at three players that have played for both clubs over the years.

Martin Chivers

After playing over 170 games for Southampton, Chivers signed for Tottenham Hotspur in 1968 and scored on his Spurs debut against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. The striker made a slow start to his career with the north London club but went on to become a legend at White Hart Lane, bagging 174 goals in 367 competitive games for the club - which puts him third in their all-time top goalscorers list. Chivers won the Uefa Cup in 1972, between earning two League Cup winners’ medals in 1971 and 1973. Three years after leaving Spurs, Chivers arrived at the Goldstone Ground and played a handful of games for the Seagulls, scoring his only Albion goal in a 3-3 draw against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. The forward also collected 24 caps for England during his career, scoring 13 goals in that time.

Gary O’Reilly

The defender began his professional career after being plucked from Grays Athletic in 1980, and he went on to make 45 appearances for Spurs during his four-year spell at the club. In his first few seasons at White Hart Lane, the north London club won two back-to-back FA Cups, with his debut coming against Southampton, aged 19. O’Reilly then moved to the south coast in 1984 and his first Albion goal came against the club’s arch rivals Crystal Palace in a 1-0 victory at the Goldstone Ground. But three years later, the defender made a controversial switch to Crystal Palace before rejoining the Seagulls in 1991, where he would spend one final season and take his total number of Albion appearances over the 100-mark.

Bobby Zamora

Signed from Bristol Rovers for £100,000 - following a successful loan spell at the Withdean Stadium, where he scored six goals in six games - Zamora became a club legend for the Seagulls, as he rocked the Football League with impressive goal tallies season upon season. The striker notched 28 league goals in successive seasons to guide the Seagulls to back-to-back championships - picking up the respective league’s top goalscorer award twice in a row. Despite scoring another 14 league goals in Albion’s first season back in England’s second tier, the Seagulls were relegated on the final day of the season. Spurs came in for the Albion forward during the summer and splashed out £1.5 million to secure his services, as he left the south coast to compete for a place in the Premier League. Zamora struggled for game time at White Hart Lane, playing just 16 times with the majority of those appearances coming from the bench - which led to his move to West Ham United in 2004. But some 12 years after leaving the Seagulls, Zamora returned for a second spell, but this time at the Amex Stadium. His dramatic late winner in a 2-1 victory against Leeds United at Elland Road was one of seven goals he scored during his final season before retiring from the game - a campaign which almost saw the Seagulls reach the Premier League.

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