Two members of England’s World Cup winning squad will travel to the Isle of Man early in the New Year. Nobby Stiles and Martin Peters will appear at The Gaiety Theatre on 13 February 2014.
The pair present a unique opportunity for islanders to join two of the legendary World Cup winning team in conversation with John Stiles, one of the most popular and busiest comedians on the circuit today, who will host what promises to be a fascinating evening of football anecdotes and a look forward to the World Cup in Rio next summer.
Apart from the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton, Nobby Stiles OBE is the only Englishman to have played in and won both a European Cup and World Cup final.
Famous for his toothless grin and victory jig at the end of the 1966 England World Cup final, Nobby Stiles was a legendary hard man. As an enthusiastic and fully committed half-back, he was extremely popular with Manchester United and England fans alike, renowned for his tough tackling and man marking. But it should not be forgotten that there was much more to Stiles than just his rough and tumble image. He had a great ability to read the game and demonstrated excellent tactical awareness, allowing flair players like George Best and Bobby Charlton to parade their skills.
Martin Peters MBE was part of the legendary West Ham team with Bobby Moore & Geoff Hurst, and a member of the England team which won the 1966 World Cup (in which he scored), as well as playing in the 1970 FIFA World Cup.
Peters also played club football for Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City and Sheffield United. With his transfer from West Ham United to Tottenham Hotspur in 1970, he became Britain’s first £200,000 footballer. Known as “the complete midfielder” as he could pass the ball well with either foot, was good in the air and difficult to mark because of his movement. A free kick specialist, Peters was described by England manager Sir Alf Ramsey, as being “ten years ahead of his time”.
John Wannenburgh of the IoM Sporting and Dining Club:
“It is a real pleasure to host two of the country’s most successful side here on the Isle of Man. The 1966 final remains English football’s finest moment as they were finally crowned world champions in receiving the Jules Rimet trophy from Queen Elizabeth II. The match became part of the social and sporting fabric of the whole nation and made heroes of the players, and we are delighted to have two of them as our guests in a World Cup year and hear their thoughts on Wembley – and Rio!”
The event will take place on Thursday 13th February 2014 at the Gaiety Theatre in Douglas, with Early Bird tickets (until 24 Dec) costing £12.75 per person, available by contacting the Villa / Gaiety Box office online http://villagaiety.ticketsolve.com/shows/873506158/events or on 600555. Tickets are £15.30 p/p after 24 December.