MARTIN Peters MBE was one of the more unassuming heroes of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning side. After the formalities were completed at the post-match banquet, he celebrated by having a cup of tea with his wife Kathleen.
Yet this quiet modesty should not detract from his brilliance as a midfielder for the ages as he ghosted past defenders with grace and poise.
Indeed, his goal would have won the final if it was not for West Germany scoring a last minute equaliser that forced extra time and Sir Geoff Hurst’s ‘people on the pitch’ hat-trick.
But this did not perturb Peters who was the ultimate team player, even during his stint with Sheffield United towards the end of a career where he is still remembered with affection.
And at the end of a year that also claimed Gordon Banks, another legendary figure from Sir Alf Ramsey’s side, it is a poignant reminder of the legacy of the boys of ‘66 – players whose skill, and values, would be priceless in today’s transfer market.