Martin Peters
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England and World Cup ’66 Goalscorer hero Martin Peters Has Died

Martin Peters, who made his name as a goalscorer in England’s 4-2 win against West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley, has tragically died.

The legend had been battling Alzheimer’s

The former West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur legend died aged 76 after battling with Alzheimer’s disease. Peters is the fifth member of England’s World Cup winning team to pass on. Bobby Moore, Alan Ball, Gordon Banks and Ray Wilson were the first four.


Tributes for the man have poured in across England and the footballing nation. Fellow West Ham teammate and scorer of the other 3 goals in the historic World Cup ’66 win Geoff Hurst emphasised his sadness, as did Gary Lineker, England’s second all-time top goalscorer. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also echoed the thoughts of many as to the terrible nature of the news.

A decorated career

Peters had an impressive career. As well as his legendary World Cup winners medal in 1966, Peters also earned 67 caps playing for England (scoring 20 goals), won a European Cup Winner’s Cup in 1965 with West Ham, as well as two League Cups (in 1971 and 1973) and a UEFA Cup (1972) with Tottenham.

Martin Peters

Peters even had the privilege of being Britain’s first £200,000 player (following his move from West Ham to Spurs in 1970). In 1978 he was awarded an MBE for his contribution to the game.


Christmas games across the country will no doubt mark the passing with a minute’s silence or round of applause before matches, starting rather appropriately today with Tottenham, who host Chelsea later today at White Hart Lane.

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