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Xtra - On this day - happy 70th, Martin!

Posted on 8 November 2013  - 08:31

Pat Jennings has described Martin Peters as a 'majestic' player as his former team-mate celebrates his 70th birthday today (Friday, November 8).

Martin with Ralph Coates after our 1973 League Cup win at WembleyFacing Brazil in the famous 1970 World Cup showdown in MexicoOn target against Liverpool in the UEFA CupOn international duty with team-mates Martin Chivers and Alan MulleryMartin with Mike England, Phil Beal and Cyril Knowles  - and the UEFA Cup, 1972

Forever remembered as one of the men who helped England lift the World Cup in 1966 – he scored in the final – Martin joined us from West Ham in March, 1970 and played an inspirational role in our trophy success in the early 1970s.

Martin made 260 appearances for us and scored 76 goals before departing for Norwich City in March, 1975.

During that time, he helped us lift the League Cup in 1971 and 1973 and the UEFA Cup in 1972. He started both finals at Wembley, plus both legs of the UEFA Cup Final against Wolves and both legs of the UEFA Cup Final against Feyenoord in 1974.

“Martin was brilliant," said Pat. "He could play anywhere from centre-half into midfield, to goalscorer. You only have to look at the goals he scored. What a player.

“He was a real threat, a brilliant passer of the ball and reader of the game. He was good at everything. He didn’t have a weakness.

“He always looked majestic on the ball as well, Martin, spraying those passes around. He was a threat in air, anything in the box, knockdowns, he could score from anywhere.

“Sir Alf Ramsey famously said he was 10 years ahead of his time. He was. That was Martin Peters."