It is with great sadness to report that Tim Whiteway passed away peacefully on Thursday February 1st 2023 aged 91.
Tim was born in Belfast and played for Wales with distinction from 1958 to 1966; our current records show that he played for his country on 23 occasions.
Tim made his debut in the Home international match against Scotland on 19th April 1958 at Dundee. Wales had already lost to Ireland by 2-1 and England 5-1 in the first two games but secured a 2-2 draw in Dundee after leading 2-1 at half-time. On his selection for the game The Western Mail reported that:
‘Whiteway, South Wales captain, is the only new cap – long overdue recognition since he has been a reserve on no fewer than 10 occasions.’
Tim was yet another representative of Cardiff Hockey Club to play for Wales and he made his debut at right back. From 1958-1961 Tim played in all of Wales’s games, Including two wins and a draw against Scotland and two draws v Ireland. He next played for Wales in 1963, travelling to Brussels to play both Belgium and Pakistan. This was followed by the 1963 Home International games v Ireland and Scotland at the iconic Trent Bridge cricket ground, both ending in reputable draws.
In the 1963 season Tim joined a notable list of players who had captained Wales in international hockey, an honour he had until finishing his international career against England on 23rd March 1966.
In all Tim played in 23 matches for Wales with two win and six draws. As with many internationals of the era Tim never received his Welsh cap whilst playing, although we had been talking with Georgina and the family about the cap project. Due to the exceptional circumstances the cap was sent to the family the week before Tim passed away and they presented Tim with his cap.
Tim married Georgina Jones in 1960; Georgina was also a well known Welsh International hocky player and together they had three children: Paula, Mark and Claire.
Hockey Wales and the hockey community sends its condolences to Georgina and the family at this time.