Former West Ham United and England football player Martin Peters has died aged 76.
Peters was a gifted footballer who played for West Ham from 1959-1970, Spurs from 1970-1975, Norwich City from 1975-1980, he signed for Sheffield United for one season from 1980/1981.
He also played for England career playing from 1966- 1974 where he gained 67 caps and scored twenty goals. Peters played in the 1966 and 1970 world cups.
Peters also had a go at management with Sheffield United in 1981.
He was known as the ‘perfect midfielder’ and was a free kick specialist. his transfer from West Ham to Tottenham cost £200,000 which at that time was the highest ever fee paid.
Outside of football he went into an insurance business in 1984 where he was made redundent in 2001 according to Wikipedia.
Peters was on the board at Tottenham but stepped down, apparently he was still employed by Spurs in match hospitality.
In his time he managed to write an autobiography called ‘The ghost of 66’
Peters sadlt passed away on 21 December 2019 from Dementia.
A West Ham spokesperson said on the official website:
“It is with profound sadness that we announce that Martin passed away peacefully in his sleep at 4.00am this morning. A beloved husband, dad and grandad, and a kind, gentle and private man, we are devastated by his loss but so very proud of all that he achieved and comforted by the many happy memories we shared. We will be making no further comment and kindly ask that the privacy of our family is respected at this extremely difficult time.”