Michael Chopra has paid tribute to ‘humble’ former team-mate Peter Whittingham who has died at the age of 35.
died as a result of the head injuries he suffered after falling down
the stairs at a pub in Barry on March 7 having watched Wales’ Six
Nations clash with England.
The pair were part of the same
Bluebirds team that reached the play-off final in 2010, and Chopra
shared his fond memories of that season after learning of Whittingham’s
‘He’s a humble guy and it shouldn’t be him. He would
always stop for autographs and entertain fans, that’s the kind of guy he
was.,’ he said on Sky Sports News.
‘I remember the season
we got to the play-off finals Whit’s was the top scorer and being a
striker I wanted to score, Whit’s got the first one [penalty] and I said
let me get one.
Whit’s said: ‘You can have the next one when I miss,” and he didn’t miss all season.
wasn’t just scoring goals but wonder-gaols with his left foot. I look
back and think what a player, what a privilege to play with him.
played in a Cardiff City team that was probably the best team that
Cardiff has seen and a lot of that was down to him as well.’
The former Newcastle striker had already tweeted out a message before his appearance on the programme.
to the social media platform, he wrote: ‘Devastated to have lost an old
team-mate had some great memories on and off the pitch with you
football has lost a great guy and player gone too soon deepest
condolences to your family. RIP Whitts.’