Saturday, March 21, 2020

More About Whittingham

I thought I'd write a little bit more about the dreadful news that Peter Whittingham has passed away.

The footballer, who played for my local team - Cardiff City - between 2007 and 2017, a few days after falling down stairs in a public house in Barry, South Wales.

One thing I've read that was a terrible shame is not only did he leave behind a wife and son - which is bad enough - his wife is also expecting another child.

I've read a nice letter from Cardiff owner - Vincent Tan - and have also read a suggestion made, I believe by Jay Bothroyd, that the club should retire the number seven shirt in Whittingham's memory.

It does seem like a good idea. However, I am of the opinion that the shirt number should remain. There are many other ways to honour Whitts.

For example, the end of season club awards prize should go in his memory and then the player who wins that prize gets the privilege of wearing the seven shirt for the following season.

There are flaws to my idea considering some players may like to have their own number, but - in the years that occurs - the seven shirt will not be worn.

I think that serves Whittingham's memory in a way that the number seven is kept alive and will always be associated, in some way, to Whittingham.

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