Local resident Simon Peters will watch this morning's Brazil v England World Cup quarter-final match at his Calvia house with his lovely wife Wendy, some friends and a big breakfast. Although the atmosphere in the house will be lively it will be a far cry from 32 years ago when Peters travelled with 500 members of the England Supporters Club to the 1970 Mexico World Cup and was part of the crowd for the famous Brazil v England clash in Guadalajara. It was the last time England and Brazil met in a World Cup and it is not only remembered as a classic, it also created images that have remained in the national psyche of both countries. Gordon Banks' making The Save from Pele's header, Jairzinho's goal beautifully set up by Tostao, Jeff Astle firing wide with only goalkeeper Felix to beat. Booby Moore's perfectly-timed tackle on Jairzinho. Plus who could forget Moore and Pele swapping shirts at the final whistle? “Everyone talks about The Save, but when you're at one end of the ground it was very hard to see exactly how good the save was until seeing it on television afterwards,” recalls Peters. “I remember the atmosphere at the match was incredible for the whole time, but the one thing I can remember most was walking around the stadium before the match waving my flag with a man named Ken Bailey who used to dress up as John Bull in a Union Jack outfit.” Peters, at the time, was the match day announcer for Leeds United and knew all the Leeds contingent in the England side such as Alan Clarke, Norman Hunter, Terry Cooper and Jack Charlton. He also knew quite a few of the famous football players who were also watching England at the World Cup. “The great thing about that World Cup in Mexico was going with a big group of supporters which makes it really something special. “I stayed in the same hotel as players such as Gary Sprake, Johnny Giles, Terry Hennesy and Peter Rodriguez, as well as Don Revie and Joe Mercer and the Leeds United president Lord Harewood and Lady Harewood.” Although Peters thinks his three weeks at the 1970 Mexico World Cup was extremely special, he believes the present one in Japan and South Korea is even better. “In my opinion this World Cup is the best and most exciting ever. It's really wonderful to see teams like South Korea, USA and Senegal doing so well.” As for this morning's re-match of the 1970 classic Peters has just one thing on his mind. “I'll take any England win!”


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