Graphic: Former Norwich City star and 1966 World Cup hero to return to Norfolk
13:56 28 January 2014
A World Cup football hero who helped England to victory in 1966 is to visit the Ocean Room in Gorleston.
Martin Peters MBE scored a goal in England’s 4-2 win over West Germany in the final at Wembley Stadium.
Peters, widely regarded as “the complete midfielder”, will visit the borough as the special guest of the Norfolk and Suffolk Youth League on Thursday, March 6.
His appearance is to celebrate the league winning the Respect gold award, recognising a fair, safe and enjoyable atmosphere at matches.
In his senior career Peters played for West Ham and Tottenham before joining Norwich City from 1975 to 1980.
After a stint at Sheffield United, he spent time at Gorleston FC from 1982 to 1983.
And organisers said they are delighted that Peters is returning to Gorleston to mark their achievement.
Shaun Platten, league chairman, said: “Martin Peters of course not only played for Gorleston and England, but also had several seasons at Norwich City and quickly became a fans favorite with such delicate skills and his ability to ghost in for goals.
“He has long been held in great regard in local football as a hero with both Norwich City and Gorleston.”
The Norfolk and Suffolk Youth League first won the Respect bronze award in the 2011-12 season, which was the fledgling first season of the Respect campaign.
The following season the league was awarded the silver award, and unknown to local organisers there were no gold award winners at that stage.
All silver award winners then went forward to a selection process and the Norfolk and Suffolk Youth League was presented with the gold award.
The award was made at the Wigan vs Manchester City FA Cup final, when the league represented by chairman Shaun Platten and secretary Paul Newby were presented the award at Wembley by David Bernstein, FA Chairman.
The award also included a donation of £3,000 for league funds.
In May of last year the league held a six a side tournament at Barnard’s Meadow to celebrate the award and for a short film by the FA which was played at Wembley prior to the FA Cup Final when the league received the award.
Organisers have warned that tickets for the event on Thursday, March 6 at Gorleston’s Ocean Room will sell fast.
Tickets cost £30 each, with a meal offered on the night.
Guests should arrive from 7pm, and the dress code is smart casual.
For details call Shaun Platten on 01493 302639 or Neil Smith on 07530 762040.