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WEST HAM 1965: Brilliant Peters was given hint of glory days to come

PUBLISHED: 15:30 21 May 2015

West Ham United players Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore, and Martin Peters take a break from training at West Ham's press day at Chadwell Heath. 16th August 1966.

West Ham United players Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore, and Martin Peters take a break from training at West Ham's press day at Chadwell Heath. 16th August 1966.

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West Ham legend Martin Peters says that playing at Wembley in 1965 helped him in the World Cup Final

Martin Peters was awarded a Lifetime Achievement AwardMartin Peters was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award

The previous year had been a personal disappointment for the young Martin Peters as, despite playing 32 league games, he had missed out on a place in the FA Cup triumph over Preston.

But just a year later he was a vital component of the team that marched to the Cup Winners’ Cup final.

Now 71, the Plaistow-born midfielder still works at Upton Park on a matchday and despite time spent at Spurs and Norwich, Peters is still a West Ham fan.

“It was early days for me to be in the side, I was just happy to be playing,” said Peters, who was quick to pay tribute to manager Ron Greenwood, for his part in the team’s success.

Martin Peters Lifetime Achievement AwardMartin Peters Lifetime Achievement Award

“It was important that the manager knew what was going on throughout the world of football and Ron would tell us all what was happening.

“It was a different sort of football, but we managed to get our way through it and get to the final.”

The memories of those days have faded from his memory over the years, but when you talk of Wembley, his eyes light up.

“It was such a long time ago, it is hard to remember individual games, but I think I played quite well,” he said.

“But the game at Wembley was a fine performance and we a really good game. It certainly helped having ‘Mooro’ and Jim Standen behind me.”

A year later, Peters had Moore behind him again when England took on West Germany in the World Cup Final at the same venue.

“Before 1965, I had only been at Wembley before as a spectator, so playing that day certainly helped me.

“West Ham won the World Cup you know?”

They did and the origin of that momentous victory came in the final of 1965.

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