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There have been few midfielders in the history of English football as complete as Martin Peters. A goal scorer and playmaker, Peters was a driving force in the West Ham United team that won the FA Cup in 1964 and finished third in the league two years later. He then helped England reach the World Cup final in 1966, scoring one of the goals that knocked out Brazil along the way. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at Martin Peters and his incredible career.
Who was Martin Peters and what was his club career like?
Martin Peters was born in Plaistow, London on 19th November 1943. He joined West Ham United as a schoolboy in 1959 and made his first team debut three years later. Peters quickly established himself as a key player for the club, helping them win the European Cup Winners Cup in 1965 and finish runners-up in the League Cup a year later. After spending 11 years with the Hammers, playing over 300 games and scoring more than 80 times, Peters left the club to join city rivals Tottenham Hotspurs in 1970.
Peters continued to be successful with Spurs as he won two League Cups in 1971 and 1973 and the UEFA Cup in 1971. He also helped Spurs to reach another final of the UEFA Cup in 1973 but unfortunately lost to Feyenoord. Peters left the club for Norwich City in 1975 helping the Canaries remain in the top flight of English Football which earned him two players of the season awards during his five-year period with the club. He joined Sheffield United as a player coach in 1980 which turned out to be his last stop in his footballing career as he retired in 1981.
How was Martin Peters's time with the England national team and how did he help them win the 1966 World Cup?
Peters made his debut for England in May 1966 and was a member of the squad that won the World Cup that summer. He played a pivotal role in their campaign. He carried the team to the final with some brilliant performances. Probably the best performance came when Peters put England ahead in their final clash with West Germany before Geoff Hurst’s famous hat-trick secured a historic victory.
In 1970, Peters was once again selected for England's World Cup squad but this time he was unable to prevent them from suffering a disappointing defeat to West Germany in the quarter-finals. Four years later, Peters captained England at the 1974 World Cup but they were eliminated in the first round after failing to win any of their three games.
He went on to make 67 appearances for his country, scoring 20 goals.
What was Martin Peters's style of play?
Peters was a classic box-to-box midfielder. He had the energy and stamina to run up and down the pitch all day long. Peters was also an excellent passer of the ball and could pick out a teammate with precision from long range. In addition to his passing, Peters was also a gifted goalscorer. He had a knack for being in the right place at the right time and would often pop up with important goals for his team.
Peters was a versatile and complete midfielder who was equally adept at scoring goals and creating them for others. He was known for his passing ability, vision, and movement on the pitch, as well as his tireless work ethic. Peters was also a gifted athlete, possessing great stamina and strength. These attributes helped him become one of the most respected midfielders of his generation.