John Terry promised the West Ham United squad a ‘night out on the Chelsea boys’ on the condition that they defeated Tottenham Hotspur.
The Hammers effectively ended Tottenham’s title challenge by beating Mauricio Pochettino’s side 1-0 at the London Stadium earlier this month, with midfielder Manuel Lanzini scoring the crucial goal.
West Ham’s victory allowed Chelsea to secure the Premier League title at the Hawthorns a week later, and according to Hammers defender James Collins, he and his team-mates had an extra incentive to beat their historic rivals from north London.
Collins told Betway, West Ham’s sponsors: “John Terry text me and Mark Noble saying, ‘If you boys beat Tottenham there’s a dinner or a night out on the Chelsea boys,’ so that was nice.”
“But we wanted to beat Tottenham anyway. We’re lucky we did in the end looking at the result we got after that [a 4-0 loss against Liverpool].
“It was a massive result, it put us safe and obviously to beat our closest rivals at home was massive.”