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Bluebirds set to pay tribute to Peter Whittingham in Aston Villa memorial match

Proceeds from the match involving his old sides will go to the Peter Whittingham Foundation

CARDIFF City will face Aston Villa tomorrow evening (Wednesday, November 30) at the Cardiff City Stadium in the Peter Whittingham memorial match.

Bluebirds’ legend Whittingham tragically died in March 2020 after suffering head injuries after a fall while watching an England v Wales Six Nations game in a Barry pub.

With the Covid-19 pandemic and its subsequent lockdowns happening so soon after Whittingham’s passing, Cardiff have had to wait to pay tribute to one of their greatest ever players.

Whittingham, who is originally from Nuneaton, joined the Bluebirds in 2007 and spent 10 years at the club making over 400 appearances. He was an instrumental figure in the club reaching the Premier League for the first time, as well as helping the club to an FA Cup final, and a League Cup final.

He joined the club from memorial match opponents, Aston Villa, where he came through the academy and made 66 appearances for the first team between 2003 and 2007.

With the World Cup halting Premier League and Championship action, this break has proved to be the perfect chance to arrange a friendly which will give players game time and the chance for both sets of supporters to pay tribute.

All proceeds from the match will be donated to the Peter Whittingham Foundation which was set up last year by his family to keep his legacy alive and to honour his achievements.

The foundation supports the Cardiff City Foundation, King Henry VIII School where Peter attended school and Winston’s Wish, a charity which helps children who have lost a parent or a sibling.

Bluebirds’ skipper Joe Ralls said: “We never had the chance, really, to celebrate Whitts, with Covid and the timing of everything.

“I just think it would be amazing to get as many people here as we can. I’m sure the fans from both teams will do that.

“If we can pack out the stadium, it would be amazing for him, his family and the foundation.”