A winner of the
1966 World Cup with England, Martin Peters spent the twilight of
his career at Carrow Road. However in the five years from March
1975 to August 1980, Martin played 232 games for the Canaries scoring
fifty times. Twice the player-of-the-year at Carrow Road, Martin's
vision and ability helped the Canaries secure a regular spot in
English Football's top flight. For £50,000, Martin's signing
was a bargain and there is little doubt that he encouraged and developed
a whole generation of young Canaries - players such as Mark Barham, Peter Mendham, Justin
Fashanu, Kevin Reeves etc.
Martin began his career at his local club West Ham signing as an
apprentice in May 1959 before turning professional eighteen months
later. He soon became a regular in the West Ham first team making
302 league appearances and scoring 81 league goals. In this time,
he won a European Cup Winners Cup medal and the World Cup with England
for whom he scored the second goal in the 4-2 victory over Germany.
He joined Tottenham in March 1970 for £220,000 plus Jimmy Greaves
and enjoyed even more success. He won two League Cups, one UEFA
Cup and accumulated England caps so that at the end of his international
career, he had played 67 times for the English national team.
Martin joined Norwich in March 1975, the details of which are mentioned
above. He left Norwich to become player coach at Sheffield United
in August 1980. His twenty four games for the Blades gave him a
final total of 882 games and 220 goals. Like many skilful players,
Martin could not transfer his success into management and left Sheffield
United in June 1981. He briefly returned to Norfolk to play for
Gorleston in the 1981/82 season.
Martin has since retired from the game to work in the insurance
business and the motor industry. He was awarded an MBE for his services
to the game. He has been appointed to the board of Tottenham Hotspur
in August 1998.
My only regret is that I never saw Martin play for Norwich.
In 2006, Peters published his autobiography The Ghost of 66.
In 2016, it was announced that Peters had Alzheimers.
Peters passed away on 21st December 2019