This is the fifty ninth season that Tottenham and West Brom have been opponents in League competitions with the vast majority of those taking place at the highest level. However, very few players have represented both clubs and the only direct transfers between the two clubs involved Ruel Fox who moved from Spurs to West Brom in 2000 and Garth Crooks who went to Albion in 1985.
There's Only One - Ruel Fox.
Ruel Fox was signed by Tottenham from Newcastle United (yet another one), in October, 1995 for a fee of £4.25 million, making him, at that time, Tottenham's second most expensive signing behind Chris Armstrong who had been signed for a fee of £4.5 million the previous summer. In five years with the club he made 106 League appearances, scoring 13 goals. In 2000, he went on loan to Albion and joined them in a permanent deal during the summer for £200,000.
The first player to play for both clubs was Freddie Cox who was at Tottenham before and after the Second World War. He signed in 1938, making his debut against Swansea Town in November of that year, scoring in a 1 - 1 draw. Although the war took out a large portion of his career, he was still a regular member of the team until 1949. He was a winger but with the emergence of Sonny Walters, Cox was allowed to join Arsenal for £12,000. In 1953 he went to WBA as player/coach and later assistant manager. On his retirement he went into management and masterminded Bournemouth's FA Cup success over Tottenham in 1957.
Steve Walford left Spurs for Arsenal in 1977 and towards the end of his career he had a period on loan with WBA.
Gerry Armstrong had a short time with Albion after returning from Spain. He had left Tottenham and joined Watford in 1980.
Graham Roberts made his name at Tottenham and was a vital member of the 1980s Cup success. He played in the FA Cup Finals and captained the team in the UEFA Cup triumph over Anderlecht in 1984. Roberts led by example, scoring the equalising goal and taking the first penalty in the shoot-out.
He joined Rangers in 1986, Chelsea in 1988 and moved on to West Bromwich Albion in November, 1990.
Two former Tottenham players have been the manager of West Brom - Vic Buckingham in the 1950s. They won the FA Cup and were second in the 1st Division in his first full season in charge.
Ossie Ardiles had a season (1992 - 93) at The Hawthorns leading them to promotion, before joining Tottenham following the departure of Terry Venables.