Former Spurs defender recalls horror cliff fall

PUBLISHED: 06:00 21 August 2014

Owen Brooks (left) and Paul Price are reunited at The Ship public house in Fishguard Lower Town over half-a-century after they last met.

Owen Brooks (left) and Paul Price are reunited at The Ship public house in Fishguard Lower Town over half-a-century after they last met.

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A former Tottenham Hotspur defender from WGC who captained his country made an emotional return to the place he cheated death as a child.

Paul Price, right, on holiday in Wales in 1962Paul Price, right, on holiday in Wales in 1962

Paul Price, who became the first English-born player to captain the Welsh national side, plunged 100ft down a cliff as an eight-year-old.

The 60-year-old, who played for WGC FC before a move to Luton Town, was on holiday in Fishguard in south west Wales when he plummeted in August 1962.

Last week he enjoyed a pint with rescuer Owen Brooks – the first time the pair had seen each other in 50 years.

Much of their conversation centred on the dramatic events of August 5, 1962, when Paul, then an eight-year-old holidaymaker, plunged onto rocks from Fishguard’s Old Fort – and incredibly escaped with just a scratch to his forehead.

Owen, aged 12 at the time, risked life and limb to climb down to where Paul lay, comforting him until the dazed youngster was picked up by a passing pleasure cruiser.

Owen strolled into the pub where Paul was drinking last week and greeted him with the words: “I think you owe me a pint, mate.”

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