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England 1966 World Cup hero Martin Peters dies at age of 76 | UK News

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Martin Peters, one of the England heroes that won the World Cup in 1966 has died, West Ham United have said.

The midfielder was 76 and “passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Saturday morning following a long and courageous battle with illness”, the club said in a statement.

Peters, who scored a goal in the 1966 final, is the fifth member of that legendary team to pass away, following Alan Ball, Ray Wilson, Gordon Banks and Bobby Moore.

Martin Peters (far R) celebrates winning the World Cup with teammates (L-R) George Cohen, Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst
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Martin Peters (far R) celebrates winning the World Cup with teammates (L-R) George Cohen, Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst

He was born in Plaistow, east London on 8 November 1943, and joined West Ham as a 15-year-old apprentice in the summer of 1959.

He also played for Tottenham, Norwich and Sheffield United, scoring 174 goals in his club career and 20 for England.

He won 67 caps with the national side.

An England international as a schoolboy, he was “widely regarded as a young player of supreme natural talent”, West Ham said.

He was “able to excel in a number of positions, both attacking and defensive”, the club added.

He made his first team debut at the age of 18 in a 4-1 win over Cardiff City at Upton Park on Good Friday 1962.

By the 1963-64 season, he had established himself as a first team regular.

Martin Peters scores for West Ham against Sunderland FC at Upton Park in 1965
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Martin Peters scores for West Ham against Sunderland at Upton Park in 1965

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