Martin Peters being robbed of World Cup memories


 Sir Geoff Hurst is worried Martin Peters will not remember his 1966 World Cup triumph as he suffers from Alzheimers

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Sir Geoff Hurst is deeply concerned that the part Martin Peters played in in England’s World Cup triumph is being erased from his mind forever by the evil disease -Alzheimer’s .

Peters played a major part in the victory over West Germany 51 years ago when between them Moore, Hurst and the great Martin ensured the Irons won the only national football trophy in our history.

‘Hursty’ of course scored a hat-trick, with Peters netting the other in a 4-2 win.

But the striker cannot look back on the historic moment with his lifelong friend, who is suffering from¬†Alzheimer’s.

He said: “It is very very difficult, whether he would recognise me or know me.

“We have discussed it with his wife and family, and we have left it that we would not get involved, apart from my wife talking to his wife, and I think she appreciates that, to have someone she can talk to and discuss how Martin is.

“It is heartbreaking for the people involved, and almost impossible to understand how difficult it is for the families. It is a disease which doesn’t get better.

“If you have a physical disease, or a broken leg, you can recover from it and get better in time, with dementia it only goes one way, albeit at different levels.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Jack says:

    Very sad reading. He was such an amazing header of the ball that I can’t help wondering whether that played a part in his illness. My best memory of him was his goal of the season against Leicester. Brilliant!

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