Top sports journalist Peter Corrigan has died in Penarth

Top sports journalist Peter Corrigan has died in Penarth

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.


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  1. Kevin Mahoney says:

    Peter was a true gent, full of anecdotes and funny stories, very sad news.

  2. Christopher David says:

    I concur. I had a few nights (and days) in his company and have to say hew was great fun and certainly nobodies fool. An interesting chap with an avuncular nature he will be much missed. RIP Peter Corrigan- a true gent.

  3. Martin says:

    A wonderful man and a wonderful journalist, a huge loss.

  4. Taffy says:

    And so much more. He will stay with us for many years

  5. elizabeth bigwood says:

    He will never be forgotten. As he often said of others, he was “different class”.

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