Martin Peters MBE is a football speaker and ex-West Ham player known for breaking the £200,000 transfer record when he moved from West-Ham United to Tottenham Hotspur in 1970. With a career that spanned four decades, Martin will forever be remembered as one of the many esteemed players on the World Cup winning England team from 1966.
Peters started his career as an apprentice at West Ham United where he made his debut on Good Friday. Peters played only five games in his first season with West Ham United however the following season he established himself as a first team regular and was victorious at Wembley when West Ham United won the European Cup Winners Cup with victory over 1860 Munich. Peters began to impose himself on West Ham’s game however feeling he was in the shadows of Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst, Peters sought out a new challenge. In March 1970, West Ham received a record-breaking £200,000 for Peters from Tottenham Hotspurand Martin Peters moved to White Hart Lane.
Scoring on his debut at Spurs, Peters went on to win his first domestic title in the shape of the 1971 League Cup Final. A 1972 UEFA Cup title followed before Peters moved to Norwich City. He helped newly promoted Norwich establish themselves in the First Division, making more than 200 appearances, and earning a testimonial against an all-star team which included most of the 1966 World Cup winning England XI. Peters was voted Norwich City F.C. Player of the Season two years running, in 1976 and 1977, and in 2002 was made an inaugural member of the Norwich City F.C. Hall of Fame. In 1978, whilst still a Norwich City player, Peters was awarded an MBE for services to association football.
Martin Peters joined Sheffield United on 31 July 1980 as player-coach before taking over as manager. Peters career highlight however came while he was in International colours for England, a crucial member of the 1966 World Cup winning team, Martin Peters speaks fondly of an unforgettable tournament in his performances as a football speaker. Peters went on to receive 67 International caps and represent England in two campaigns.
Known as the “complete midfielder” Martin Peters MBE was always applauded for the versatility of his playing abilities, as a sports speaker Martin discusses how persistence and training helped to develop his inherent footballing talent and made it possible for him to pass and score with both feet as well as establishing himself as a free kick specialist.
After retiring in 1983 Martin has gone on to work as a dedicated sports speaker, his presentations detailing his experience of the legendary ’66 World Cup and his later appearances in the 1970 FIFA World Cup.
Prior to establishing himself as a football speaker however Martin Peters MBE spent many years working in insurance, taking a significant detour from the world of football and being a sports speaker Martin worked in the insurance industry for fifteen years following the end of his football career.
In more recent years Martin has worked as a football speaker, host and guest at functions for both of his former clubs, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur. He can often been seen as part of the welcoming party at White Hart Lane and as a member of the crowd along with his children and grandchildren as they are all passionate West Ham United supporters.
Martin’s contributions to sports and his achievements as both a football speaker and player have been recognized both with an MBE on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen and with a place in the English Football Hall of Fame. A truly iconic footballing personality, Martin Peters MBE enjoyed an illustrious career and will be remembered and revered forever for his contribution to the infamous 66’ World Cup win, in what is a truly unique opportunity, Martin Peters MBE is available to hire at any event as a football speaker where he is certain to be a wonderful addition.