Peter Whittingham, the former Cardiff City soccer star, has died at the age of 35. Whittingham fell and hit his head outside of Barry, Wales, on March 7. Whittingham is survived by his wife, Amanda, and the couple’s young son.
Whittingham was a one-time England under-21 international who also played for Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers during his career. Whittingham left Blackburn Rovers in August 2018 after his contract was terminated by mutual consent. During his career, Whittingham helped to bring Cardiff City to the F.A. Cup Final in 2008, where the team lost 1-0 to Portsmouth. In 2012, Whittingham was part of the Bluebirds teams that lost in a penalty shootout to Liverpool in the League Cup Final. A year later, Whittingham and Cardiff made it to the top flight in England for the first time since 1962.
Whittingham’s sad death was announced on March 19 in an official statement from Cardiff City Football Club. The team statement concluded with the words, “The loss of Peter will be painfully felt by our city, supporters and indeed all who ever had the pleasure of knowing him. We love you Pete and your memory will eternally stay with us.”
There Is No Criminal Investigation Surrounding Whittingham’s Death
A police statement said that there is no criminal investigation related to Whittingham’s injury. The press release said, “At around 10pm on 7 March police were called to licensed premises in Barry. A 35-year-old man from Penarth suffered a head injury as a result of a fall and remains at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. At this stage, there is no evidence or suggestion of a criminal act and it appears the injury was caused by an accidental fall. Inquiries are continuing into the circumstances of the incident.”
Whittingham was born in Nuneaton and made his debut for the team he supported as a child, Aston Villa, in 2003. Whittingham went on to play 66 times for the Villains. Whittingham left Villa Park for Wales in 2007.
When Whittingham Left Cardiff in 2017, He Said His Biggest Regret Was Not Saying Goodbye to the Fans
When Whittingham left Cardiff City in 2017 at 32, the creative midfielder told the BBC in an interview that he regretted not saying a proper goodbye to the fans. Whittingham said, “The biggest regret for me personally is the fact I couldn’t say goodbye to everyone surrounding the club, the fans. It’s something I would’ve loved to have done. That’s football, things don’t work out I suppose but I’m sure I’ll be back there soon enough.”
In the same interview, Whittingham said that he had struggled to stay in the Cardiff line-up following the appointment of manager Neil Warnock. Whittingham said, “The gaffer offered me a one-year contract and he said ‘You’re not going to play as much as probably you’d like’. That kind of rubber-stamped things for me. It’s one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make to leave Cardiff after such a long time.”