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RIP Martin Peters

21 December 2019

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Sheffield United would like to express deepest condolences to the family and friends of our former player, manager and England World Cup winner, Martin Peters, who has passed away aged 76.

Martin joined the Blades in July 1980 as a player/coach during a difficult period and eventually took on the manager's post following the departure of Harry Haslam in 1981.

He will be remembered fondly for his playing career which hit a peak in 1966 when he scored in the World Cup final as England beat West Germany 4-2 to lift the famous trophy for the first, and currently only time, in our history. His England career ended in 1974 after 67 appearances and 20 goals.

Before he joined the Blades, he enjoyed a stellar playing career with the likes of West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City.

At West Ham he won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1965, and with Spurs he was a League Cup winner twice ('71 and '73) and a UEFA Cup winner in 1972.

Current United boss Chris Wilder said: "Whilst it wasn't a great period in our history, to have someone of his stature play, coach and manage the club was quite special.

"His playing career speaks for itself with what he achieved at West Ham, Spurs and of course, most famously, with England. To play in that game in '66 and to score - that must have been special.

"To lose such an iconic player is obviously very sad, and our thoughts are with Martin's family at this time."

The thoughts of all at Bramall Lane are with Martin's family and friends at this sad time.

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