At first glance, we were expecting slightly more from this story reported in The Argus, a local newspaper for Brighton and Hove. We had hoped to read about Albion and Scotland striker Craig Mackail-Smith just hanging out with former Peterborough United manager and current director of football Barry Fry when they come across a woman about to give birth. With no time to get the woman to hospital, Barry turns to Craig and says: "Get in there, my son."
Alas, no. The incident actually took place last week at Mackail-Smith's home. The 29-year-old is going out with Barry's daughter Amber. Still, The Argus has some great quotes from Mackail-Smith, as he told the amazing story of how he returned from training to find Barry and Amber watching the England-Scotland game last Wednesday. Amber went into labour but by the time her contractions were close enough to bring her to hospital, it was already too late. So Barry and Mackail-Smith had to step up and do it themselves, being instructed over the phone by hospital staff. Mackail-Smith explained:
“We could barely hear the instructions because of the noise. So we did the best we could. We lifted her up and she pushed again and Barry was there to catch the baby as it came out – I’ve never seen him move so fast.
When the baby came we were all in shock and could not believe what had happened. It was the best and worst emotions I have been through, all in one night."
UPDATE: Sky Sports interviewed Barry Fry earlier today.