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Peter Whittingham (1984-2020)

19 March 2020

Peter Whittingham, who sadly passed away on Thursday 19 March 2020, will rightly be remembered as a legend of both Cardiff City Football Club and the English Football League.

Born in the town of Nuneaton, Warwickshire on 8 September 1984, Whittingham’s career in football began with Premier League side Aston Villa, where he was a member of the FA Youth Cup-winning team in 2002.

Having made his first-team debut for the Villans on 21 April 2003, his first senior goal came in EFL competition, during a 5-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers in the League Cup, shortly after his 19th birthday. 

In January 2007, Whittingham moved to Cardiff City, where he would make over 450 appearances across 11 seasons. During this memorable period, the midfielder appeared in two major cup finals, including the 2012 League Cup Final, before receiving a Championship winner's medal the following year.

The summer of 2017 brought about a transfer to Blackburn Rovers, where Whittingham would make a contribution to another successful campaign, helping the club return to the Championship at the first time of asking.

A truly gifted player who was named in the PFA Team of the Year on three occasions, Whittingham was also voted into the EFL Team of the Decade for the 2010s by fans in December 2019. 

His loss will undoubtedly be felt by the entire football family. 

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