- Peter Whittingham
Infobox Football biography
playername = Peter Whittingham
fullname = Peter Whittingham
height = height|ft=5|in=10
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1984|9|8
currentclub = Cardiff City
clubnumber = 7
position = Winger/Left Back
youthclubs = Aston Villa
years = 2003–2007
clubs = Aston Villa
→ Burnley (loan)
→ Derby County (loan)
caps(goals) = 66 0(1)
pcupdate = 18:35, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
nationalyears = 2004–2007
nationalteam = England U21
nationalcaps(goals) = 17 (3)
ntupdate = 21:39, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
Whittingham was born in
Nuneaton, Warwickshirein 1984and attended school at King Henry VIII, Coventry.
Whittingham was part of the
FA Youth Cupwinning side of 2002 and signed a four-year professional contract in October 2002.
He made his first team debut on
April 21, 2003against Newcastle United, a second-half substitution for Gareth Barry, and made an immediate impact, seeing a powerful shot pushed over the bar by Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given, which earned plaudits from his team-mates. He went on to make 32 appearances in his first full season at the club, season 2003/4, scoring his first goal against Wycombe Wanderers in the League Cup on September 23, 2003. He was rewarded with a one-year extension of is contract.
He failed to hold down a regular first team place in the Villa side over the next three years despite gaining a reputation as a skillful winger with a fierce shot. He was loaned out to both Derby County [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/d/derby_county/4246214.stm "Whittingham completes Derby move"]
BBC Sportretrieved on 3 October, 2007] and Burnley [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/burnley/4265315.stm "Burnley bag Villa's Whittingham"] BBC SportRetrieved on 3 October, 2007] to get some first team games.
In January 2007 after making just 4 appearances for Villa since the start of the season he was transferred to Cardiff City for a reported fee of £350,000 as he had become surplus to requirements at
Villa Parkand was out of contract in the summer [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/cardiff_city/6248971.stm "Whittingham secures Cardiff move"] BBC SportRetrieved on 3 October, 2007] . He quickly established himself in the side and was a first team member until the end of the year with midfield competition Joe Ledleymoved to left-back due to a small squad. However the summer 2007 arrival of Tony Capaldimeant that Ledley was no longer needed to cover in defence and went back to his normal position of left midfield meaning Whittingham has started the season on the bench.
But by mid-November Cardiff found themselves just above the relegation zone which prompted a minor reshuffle from boss
Dave Jonesinvolving Chris Gunterand Whittingham returning to the starting line-up. HIs return to the side saw him moved to an unfamilar role on the right side of midfield but he soon settled into the role and started the majority of the remaining matches of the season, as well as being the clubs top scorer with 3 goals during their FA Cuprun which saw Whittingham score in matches against Chasetown, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Middlesbrough eventually losing 1-0 to Portsmouth in the final.
Whittingham is a full England under-21 international and was part of the squad that competed in the
2007 European under-21 championshipsin Holland. He made one substitute appearance in the tournament coming on late in a 2-2 draw with Italy.
18 May, 2008
* [http://www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10335~23544,00.html Peter Whittingham player profile] at cardiffcityfc.co.uk
* [http://www.football.co.uk/aston_villa/players/peter_whittingham_101707.shtml Peter Whittingham player profile at football.co.uk]
* [http://www.4thegame.com/club/cardiff-city-fc/player-profile/3959/peterwhittingham.html Peter Whittingham player profile at 4thegame.com]
* [http://www.avfc.co.uk/page/PlayerProfiles/0,,10265~23544,00.html Peter Whittingham player profile] at avfc.co.uk
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