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‘He didn’t score tap-ins’ – Ex-Cardiff City favourite remembers the late Peter Whittingham

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Kevin McNaughton has revealed the moment he heard the news of Peter Whittingham’s passing.

Whittingham passed away aged 35 last month. The man who made 457 appearances for Cardiff, scoring 96 goals, passed after a short battle in hospital with head injuries.

He was a Cardiff man for ten straight seasons, joining at the same time as McNaughton who went on to spend nine seasons at Cardiff – all of them with Whittingham.

Now a youth coach with Dundee, McNaughton recalled the moment he was told of Whittingham’s accident last month:

“I got a call from an old team-mate – Pete had been in an accident and was in a coma,” he told the Daily Record. “It was a shock to everyone. It was terrible, really tough going, especially at the age he was.

“Pete was the nicest guy in the world who had so many friends in football. He was just one of those characters in the dressing-room that you couldn’t say a bad word against.”

The tributes have since poured in for Whittingham. He was an outspoken name in football and on one side of South Wales, he was a true, undeniable legend.

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“His left foot was special,” told McNaughton. “He was one of the best I ever played with, his ability was unbelievable. There was a montage of his goals on TV the other day and it was frightening how good they were. He didn’t score tap-ins.”

Whittingham was renowned for his left-foot. The amount of goals he scored from midfield for Cardiff, and the quality of a lot of them, was truly unbelievable – he peaked in the 2009/10 season, when he scored 25 goals in all competitions for Cardiff.

“He’s up there with one of the best players to ever play for Cardiff,” acknowledged McNaughton. “The current situation puts things in perspective. People are moaning about having to sit in the house – but just get on with it!”

The news shook the football world, Cardiff fans more than most. His stats for the club tell you all you need to know about Whittingham, and it’s a shame that he never really asserted himself in the Premier League.

A top-player nonetheless, and one who’ll long be missed by many.

The verdict

McNaughton’s tribute is one of thousands that have come in over the past few weeks. The memories that Whittingham has left so many people will never be forgotten, and he’ll forever remain a Cardiff City legend.


Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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