On this day - 8 November


Martin Peters MBE
Born: 8 November 1943, Plaistow, England
Clubs played for: West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City, Sheffield United
Clubs managed: Sheffield United
International: England (67 caps, 20 goals)
Honours: FIFA World Cup (1966), European Cup-Winners' Cup (1965), League Cup (1971, 1973), UEFA Cup (1972)
Individual honours: Hammer of the Year (1965)

Martin Peters MBE was born just a long and accurate pass from the Boleyn Ground in Plaistow on 8 November 1943.

A midfield player blessed with outstanding ability and athleticism, Peters came through the ranks at the Academy of Football before making an eventful first-team debut in a 4-1 Division One win over Cardiff City on Good Friday 1962. Peters, then 18, ended the game in goal after goalkeeper Lawrie Leslie was injured.

The following season, 1962/63, Peters established himself as a first-team regular. Playing alongside the likes of Ronnie Boyce, Peter Brabrook, Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst, he helped West Ham to win the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1965.

Having made his England debut against Yugoslavia in May 1966, 22-year-old Peters was celebrating FIFA World Cup glory just two months later, when his goal helped the Three Lions to defeat West Germany 4-2 in the final at Wembley.

Peters went on to make 364 appearances for West Ham, scoring exactly 100 goals. He joined Tottenham Hotspur in March 1970 and went on to achieve great success at White Hart Lane, winning three further trophies.

For England, Peters was capped 67 times in total, scoring 20 goals. He also helped the national team finish third at Euro 1968 and reach the quarter-finals of the 1970 FIFA World Cup. He is still a regular visitor to the Boleyn Ground on matchdays, where he entertains supporters as a corporate host in the 66 Club.

Classic match

West Ham United 2-1 Grimsby Town
Division Two
8 November 1980

A David Cross double fired West Ham United to a 2-1 Division Two victory against Grimsby Town at the Boleyn Ground on this day in 1980.

Striker Cross headed in crosses from Paul Brush and Trevor Brooking after 15 and 55 minutes respectively, with John Stone netting the Mariners' consolation with a minute remaining.

The Hammers prevailed against a team which had scored just six league goals all season, despite looking drained following a midweek European Cup Winners' Cup trip to Romania. There, they had been beaten 1-0 by Poli Timisoara in a second round second-leg tie, but advanced 4-1 on aggregate.

The striker's brace ensured an eleventh consecutive home win for the Hammers, who would only lose once on home soil all season. Cross would also enjoy a memorable day in the reverse fixture at Blundell Park the following April, when he netted four goals in a 5-1 West Ham win.

West Ham's superb home form propelled John Lyall's squad to promotion and the league title, 13 points ahead of second-place Notts County.

Complete record - 8 November

1919 Leicester City 0-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1924 West Ham United 0-1 Birmingham City (Division One)
1930 Birmingham City 0-2 West Ham United (Division One)
1947 Plymouth Argyle 1-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1952 Doncaster Rovers 1-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1958 West Ham United 0-0 Arsenal (Division One)
1969 West Ham United 2-1 Crystal Palace (Division One)
1975 West Ham United 1-1 Coventry City (Division One)
1980 West Ham United 2-1 Grimsby Town (Division Two)
1983 West Ham United 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion (League Cup)
1986 Arsenal 0-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1989 West Ham United 1-0 Aston Villa (League Cup)
1998 West Ham United 1-1 Chelsea (Premier League)
2003 West Ham United 3-4 West Bromwich Albion (Championship)
2008 West Ham United 1-3 Everton (Premier League)
2009 West Ham United 1-2 Everton (Premier League)
2014 West Ham United 0-0 Aston Villa (Premier League)

Played 17, Won 5, Drawn 8, Lost 4, Scored 16, Conceded 16