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Norwich City top 100 appearances: Martin Peters (50)

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:12 15 January 2020

Martin Peters with Ken Brown at a Norwich City Hall of Fame dinner.
 Picture: Archant

Martin Peters with Ken Brown at a Norwich City Hall of Fame dinner. Picture: Archant

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50 Martin Peters

Martin Peters in action for City. Picture: ArchantMartin Peters in action for City. Picture: Archant

232 appearances/50 goals

In a poll of the best players to have ever worn the yellow and green of Norwich City Football Club, the name Martin Peters would feature prominently.

There is no need for hyperbole. Peters was sheer class, nothing less. Fact.

In a career spanning more than 700 games he served three clubs - West Ham, Spurs and Norwich - with distinction before a short stint at Sheffield United - and then a return to Norfolk with non-league Gorleston.

The east Londoner was good with both feet, good in the air, and just as importantly, his footballing nous was spot on: he is famed for his ghost runs into the box, defenders simply unable to pick him up. Sir Alf Ramsey famously said Peters was "10 years ahead of his time".

With West Ham he won the Cup Winners Cup in 1965, a year before scoring in England's World Cup final win over West Germany. With Spurs he won the League Cup twice and the Uefa Cup before heading to Carrow Road in 1975 at the age of 31.

If anyone thought he was coming to the countryside for a peaceful retirement, they were proved very wrong.

Peters was a rock upon which the newly-promoted Canaries could establish foundations in the old First Division.

The fans loved him - he was player of the season in 1976 and 1977 - and the young Canaries players who he nurtured loved him too. And all for the grand total of £50,000.

Peters eventually moved on, spending a season at Sheffield United, the second half of which he was manager. But the hot seat was not for him and he retired from top class football.

Jimmy Jones then pulled off a major coup when he persuaded Peters - who had been working for one of his businesses - to sign a one-year contract with Gorleston of the Eastern Counties League.

He scored on his debut, in a 4-0 win at Thetford, but was never bigger than the dressing room.

He said: "As I said to the lads before the game, no one man makes a team. I need their help as much as they need mine. I enjoyed the game and it's nice to win."

Sadly, last year it was announced that Peters - who is now 73 - was sufering from Alzheimer's disease.


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