1966 World Cup winner Martin Peters passes away

Martin Peters

The PFA is deeply saddened by passing of World Cup winner and West Ham legend Martin Peters.

Peters joined West Ham in 1959 aged 15, he spent 11 years with the Hammers until he became Britain's first £200,000 player in a move to Tottenham in 1970.

As well as West Ham, Peters played his club football for Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City and Sheffield United, making more than 700 career appearances.

Peters scored for England in their 1966 World Cup final win over West Germany.

He only made his England debut shortly before the 1966 World Cup when he impressed manager Alf Ramsay in a 2-0 win over Yugoslavia.

Peters was awarded an MBE in 1978.

Former England team-mate Sir Geoff Hurst said: "Martin Peters was one of the all-time greats and a close friend and colleague of mine for in excess of 50 years,"

"A fellow World Cup final goalscorer and my West Ham partner for years along with Bobby Moore. RIP old friend."

Sir Bobby Charlton, who also played alongside Peters in 1966 said: "We shared one of the greatest days of our lives at Wembley and the fact Martin is one of only two Englishman to have scored in a World Cup final gives him a special place in England's history of the game.

"He was a fantastic footballer. As a team-mate he was someone I could trust completely to do his job and I am proud to have shared that great day with him."

The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the PFA are with Martin’s family and friends.