World Cup hero Martin Peters made his England debut on this day.
One of England’s World Cup heroes in 1966 – he scored the goal that made it 2-1 to England in the Final with 12 minutes left – was first capped for England on this day in that special year.
Martin Peters, then 22, was chosen by Alf Ramsey to play in a Wembley friendly against Yugoslavia with the World Cup only two months away.
It was England’s last home fixture before the tournament and a 54,000 crowd saw Ramsey’s team put in an excellent performance against very good opposition.
Geoff Hurst headed just over the bar in the first minute and England soon opened their account, Terry Paine crossing for Jimmy Greaves to nod past Sosic for the 39th England goal of his career.
Greaves and Chelsea left-winger Bobby Tambling went close before England made it 2-0 on 35 minutes. It was a typical ‘Bobby Dazzler’ from Bobby Charlton, the country’s all-time leading marksman sending a screamer into the top corner. Wembley went crazy.
Peters, the West Ham right-half, had an outstanding debut. He nearly scored twice himself and set up chances for Greaves and others. He kept his place for the next friendly in Finland, scoring the opener in England’s 3-0 victory, and went on to represent his country 67 times.