Peter Corrigan – one of Wales’s and Britain’s best-known sports journalists – has died at the Holm Tower hospice in Penarth at the age of 80.
Mr Corrigan who was born in Cardiff but later moved to Penarth , wrote for both The Sun and the Daily Mail and was a former sports editor of The Observer.
True to form and a consumate professional to the end, Peter Corrigan was determined to watch the whole of the Wales v England Euro 2016 international on Thursday evening . He died later that night surrounded by his family .
His son James Corrigan, who also lives in Penarth, is the golf correspondent of the Daily Telegraph and is married to the journalist and author Laura Kemp.
In a tribute Peter’s brother Chris said: “He could make you laugh in print, which not many people could do. In every-day life, he made people laugh – that’s why he was so popular and that’s how we’ll remember him. Right up to the end, he always had a smile for the nurses.”
Peter Corrigan began his career at the age of 16 as a messenger boy at the Western Mail & Echo. and cut his teeth as a sports reporter covering Newport County . He then did National Service with the RASC during the Suez Crisis before returning to full-time journalism and ultimately being signed by Fleet Street. He also wrote a number of autobiographies for sports stars including Goals from Nowhere by Martin Peters (1970), Jonathan, with Jonathan Davies (1989), and Code Breaker.
He was a committee member of the charity Welsh Sports Hall of Fame, a member of the Glamorganshire and the Royal Porthcawl golf clubs, Penarth Yacht Club, Penarth Rugby Club, Penarth British Legion and the Cardiff and County Club – and was well-known in Penarth’s Railway and St Fagan’s pubs.