Martin Peters has died at the age of 76. The West Ham legend passed away in his sleep in the early hours of Saturday morning and his family have paid tribute to the Upton Park icon, who helped England win the World Cup in 1966.
A statement from the Peters family read: “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.”
Peters is best known for his time at West Ham, the club he made his professional debut with back in 1959.
Peters spent 11 years in the Hammers first team picture, helping the east Londoners scoop the European Cup-Winners’ Cup in 1965.
A year later he was part of England’s World Cup-winning side, scoring the third goal in the Three Lions’ 4-2 victory over West Germany in the final at Wembley.
1966 was Peters’ first year in the senior England setup and he went on to rack up 67 caps for his country, scoring 20 goals in the process.
After leaving West Ham for London rivals Tottenham in a record-breaking £200,000 deal worth in 1970, Peters added four more medals to his collection.
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