Albion striker Craig Mackail-Smith delivers baby with help from Barry Fry

The Argus: Albion striker delivers baby Albion striker delivers baby

As a top striker, Brighton and Hove Albion’s Craig Mackail-Smith is used to delivering the goods on the football pitch.

But the Seagulls’ star was stunned when he had to deliver his baby after his girlfriend Amber Fry went into labour.

Miss Fry – daughter of former Peterborough United manager Barry – gave birth to their baby girl at the couple’s home in Warninglid, near Horsham.

Craig, known as CMS to the Albion faithful, said it was the “best thing he had ever done” after he and Barry were on hand to help deliver the girl.

The 29-year-old even joked Barry could have been a goalkeeper the way he caught the baby, saying he had “never seen him move so fast”.

The drama happened as CMS returned home from training to find Barry and Amber watching the England v Scotland match on Wednesday.

The striker could have been playing in the game were it not for an Achilles injury.

But he was left thanking his luck he was not after witnessing the birth first-hand.

Amber started to have contractions – CMS would not reveal if they were brought on by Scotland’s dramatic defeat – so they went upstairs to run her a bath while calling the hospital.
Nurses told them to wait until they had reached one minute gaps before heading to the maternity ward.

The footballer said: “At first they did not seem to be getting any shorter and we thought we were going to be in for a long night.

“Then suddenly it went from relative calm to [Amber] screaming her head off and the head started to appear.”

They were advised to try to get Amber out of the bath and off to hospital but it soon became clear that was not an option.

The footballer said: “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.

“During [the labour] it was very difficult. Amber was in a lot of pain and we had no painkillers but when the baby was born it was amazing – it was the best thing I have ever been involved in.”

He also praised Barry and his wife Kirstine for being there and helping Amber through the labour.

The couple have named the baby, who weighed six pounds and 12 ounces, Isla.

Both mother and daughter are doing fine.

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8:15am Tue 20 Aug 13

mark by the sea says...

He got home from training after 8pm? More likely the pub!
Anyway congratulations!
He got home from training after 8pm? More likely the pub! Anyway congratulations! mark by the sea

8:18am Tue 20 Aug 13

Cinnamon Carter says...

Back of the net CMS!
Back of the net CMS! Cinnamon Carter

8:52am Tue 20 Aug 13

Seagulls Over Surrey (SOS) says...

Was the last time he scored really 9 months ago?
Was the last time he scored really 9 months ago? Seagulls Over Surrey (SOS)

9:04am Tue 20 Aug 13

fanxtony says...

Thought it was gonna say ..... the couple have named the baby Barry! .... lol
Thought it was gonna say ..... the couple have named the baby Barry! .... lol fanxtony

9:17am Tue 20 Aug 13

Conelli98 says...

...Congratulations to all!
...Congratulations to all! Conelli98

11:35am Tue 20 Aug 13

Tony the tiger eastbourne says...

Now go out and deliver us with some GOALS. (When fit of course)
Now go out and deliver us with some GOALS. (When fit of course) Tony the tiger eastbourne

11:41am Tue 20 Aug 13

mikeygit says...

Well done CMS congrats to the happy couple and baby.-now when fit a different delivery!!!
Well done CMS congrats to the happy couple and baby.-now when fit a different delivery!!! mikeygit

11:57am Tue 20 Aug 13

tug509 says...

Congratulations all round,glad everything turned out well. Barry fry.gotta love the guy what a character.
Congratulations all round,glad everything turned out well. Barry fry.gotta love the guy what a character. tug509

11:57am Tue 20 Aug 13

To baldly go says...

Congratulations Craig and family, how about coming on the pitch with the little one saturday for us all to show our congratulations, on the football side of things, hows the injury healing? might be some more good news there Argus if you we're to ask.
Congratulations Craig and family, how about coming on the pitch with the little one saturday for us all to show our congratulations, on the football side of things, hows the injury healing? might be some more good news there Argus if you we're to ask. To baldly go

1:09pm Tue 20 Aug 13

WisdomSpeaks says...

Congratulations to Craig and his partner. Now that is an achievement. Would scare the s*** out of most guys. What i thought was amazing is how his partner is a dead ringer for her Dad (Barry Fry). Great guy too.

Look forward to Craig getting back fully fit and see how he likes the slightly new approach of OG. I think it might suit him much better as the ball is played forward much faster and there seem to be a lot of 'knock downs' which I think he'll gobble up.
Congratulations to Craig and his partner. Now that is an achievement. Would scare the s*** out of most guys. What i thought was amazing is how his partner is a dead ringer for her Dad (Barry Fry). Great guy too. Look forward to Craig getting back fully fit and see how he likes the slightly new approach of OG. I think it might suit him much better as the ball is played forward much faster and there seem to be a lot of 'knock downs' which I think he'll gobble up. WisdomSpeaks

1:11pm Tue 20 Aug 13

Joel'sGrandad says...

Sounds like Barry Fry could be the answer to our goalkeeping 'problem'.
Well done to all in the CMS family.
Oh, by the way, shut up 322 Mason.
That's free speech. UTA
Sounds like Barry Fry could be the answer to our goalkeeping 'problem'. Well done to all in the CMS family. Oh, by the way, shut up 322 Mason. That's free speech. UTA Joel'sGrandad

1:54pm Tue 20 Aug 13

GovindaTim says...

Conelli98 wrote:
...Congratulations to all!
Ditto. BTW, have you noticed the serious sense of humour breakdown the Argus seems to have suffered Conelli? Loved your posts, shame they've been deleted.
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: ...Congratulations to all![/p][/quote]Ditto. BTW, have you noticed the serious sense of humour breakdown the Argus seems to have suffered Conelli? Loved your posts, shame they've been deleted. GovindaTim

2:02pm Tue 20 Aug 13

2ndCitySeagull says...

What a gr8 story, congratulations to Amy and Craig on the birth of little Isla.
Brilliant performance from Grandpa Fry too, well played Bazza and Mrs Fry. Look forward to seeing little IMS on the Amex pitch at the end of the season celebrating the Albion's promotion!
What a gr8 story, congratulations to Amy and Craig on the birth of little Isla. Brilliant performance from Grandpa Fry too, well played Bazza and Mrs Fry. Look forward to seeing little IMS on the Amex pitch at the end of the season celebrating the Albion's promotion! 2ndCitySeagull

2:09pm Tue 20 Aug 13

Conelli98 says...

GovindaTim wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
...Congratulations to all!
Ditto. BTW, have you noticed the serious sense of humour breakdown the Argus seems to have suffered Conelli? Loved your posts, shame they've been deleted.
yes, i did get a warning from them...but hey ho!
[quote][p][bold]GovindaTim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: ...Congratulations to all![/p][/quote]Ditto. BTW, have you noticed the serious sense of humour breakdown the Argus seems to have suffered Conelli? Loved your posts, shame they've been deleted.[/p][/quote]yes, i did get a warning from them...but hey ho! Conelli98

2:15pm Tue 20 Aug 13

GovindaTim says...

Conelli98 wrote:
GovindaTim wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
...Congratulations to all!
Ditto. BTW, have you noticed the serious sense of humour breakdown the Argus seems to have suffered Conelli? Loved your posts, shame they've been deleted.
yes, i did get a warning from them...but hey ho!
Me too but like you say, hey ho. Back to football matters, it seems from the report that CMS is back training which has got to be good news. Incorrectly used by Poyet, if OG can get the best out of him we will be there or thereabouts come May.
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GovindaTim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: ...Congratulations to all![/p][/quote]Ditto. BTW, have you noticed the serious sense of humour breakdown the Argus seems to have suffered Conelli? Loved your posts, shame they've been deleted.[/p][/quote]yes, i did get a warning from them...but hey ho![/p][/quote]Me too but like you say, hey ho. Back to football matters, it seems from the report that CMS is back training which has got to be good news. Incorrectly used by Poyet, if OG can get the best out of him we will be there or thereabouts come May. GovindaTim

2:22pm Tue 20 Aug 13

Conelli98 says...

GovindaTim wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
GovindaTim wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
...Congratulations to all!
Ditto. BTW, have you noticed the serious sense of humour breakdown the Argus seems to have suffered Conelli? Loved your posts, shame they've been deleted.
yes, i did get a warning from them...but hey ho!
Me too but like you say, hey ho. Back to football matters, it seems from the report that CMS is back training which has got to be good news. Incorrectly used by Poyet, if OG can get the best out of him we will be there or thereabouts come May.
Sorry GT, CMS doesn't do it for me at this level even though he finished top scorer last season. I hope he proves me wrong and I will always fully support him all the time he is an Albion player(and hes not my friend according to Mason) but this is just my opinion. Rumours flying about about Becchio and although i cant see it happening I would prefer this as a partnership with Ulloa. UTA
[quote][p][bold]GovindaTim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GovindaTim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: ...Congratulations to all![/p][/quote]Ditto. BTW, have you noticed the serious sense of humour breakdown the Argus seems to have suffered Conelli? Loved your posts, shame they've been deleted.[/p][/quote]yes, i did get a warning from them...but hey ho![/p][/quote]Me too but like you say, hey ho. Back to football matters, it seems from the report that CMS is back training which has got to be good news. Incorrectly used by Poyet, if OG can get the best out of him we will be there or thereabouts come May.[/p][/quote]Sorry GT, CMS doesn't do it for me at this level even though he finished top scorer last season. I hope he proves me wrong and I will always fully support him all the time he is an Albion player(and hes not my friend according to Mason) but this is just my opinion. Rumours flying about about Becchio and although i cant see it happening I would prefer this as a partnership with Ulloa. UTA Conelli98

2:25pm Tue 20 Aug 13

2ndCitySeagull says...

2ndCitySeagull wrote:
What a gr8 story, congratulations to Amy and Craig on the birth of little Isla.
Brilliant performance from Grandpa Fry too, well played Bazza and Mrs Fry. Look forward to seeing little IMS on the Amex pitch at the end of the season celebrating the Albion's promotion!
Congratulations to Amber! (not Amy), apologies all round to the Mackail-Smith and Fry clans! UTA and best of luck to the Posh too following their gr8 start to the season in League 1.
[quote][p][bold]2ndCitySeagull[/bold] wrote: What a gr8 story, congratulations to Amy and Craig on the birth of little Isla. Brilliant performance from Grandpa Fry too, well played Bazza and Mrs Fry. Look forward to seeing little IMS on the Amex pitch at the end of the season celebrating the Albion's promotion![/p][/quote]Congratulations to Amber! (not Amy), apologies all round to the Mackail-Smith and Fry clans! UTA and best of luck to the Posh too following their gr8 start to the season in League 1. 2ndCitySeagull

2:30pm Tue 20 Aug 13

GovindaTim says...

Conelli98 wrote:
GovindaTim wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
GovindaTim wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
...Congratulations to all!
Ditto. BTW, have you noticed the serious sense of humour breakdown the Argus seems to have suffered Conelli? Loved your posts, shame they've been deleted.
yes, i did get a warning from them...but hey ho!
Me too but like you say, hey ho. Back to football matters, it seems from the report that CMS is back training which has got to be good news. Incorrectly used by Poyet, if OG can get the best out of him we will be there or thereabouts come May.
Sorry GT, CMS doesn't do it for me at this level even though he finished top scorer last season. I hope he proves me wrong and I will always fully support him all the time he is an Albion player(and hes not my friend according to Mason) but this is just my opinion. Rumours flying about about Becchio and although i cant see it happening I would prefer this as a partnership with Ulloa. UTA
Appreciate your POV but do you think its maybe because Poyet never used him properly (Not playing to his strengths) or that its shortcomings in his ability?
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GovindaTim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GovindaTim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: ...Congratulations to all![/p][/quote]Ditto. BTW, have you noticed the serious sense of humour breakdown the Argus seems to have suffered Conelli? Loved your posts, shame they've been deleted.[/p][/quote]yes, i did get a warning from them...but hey ho![/p][/quote]Me too but like you say, hey ho. Back to football matters, it seems from the report that CMS is back training which has got to be good news. Incorrectly used by Poyet, if OG can get the best out of him we will be there or thereabouts come May.[/p][/quote]Sorry GT, CMS doesn't do it for me at this level even though he finished top scorer last season. I hope he proves me wrong and I will always fully support him all the time he is an Albion player(and hes not my friend according to Mason) but this is just my opinion. Rumours flying about about Becchio and although i cant see it happening I would prefer this as a partnership with Ulloa. UTA[/p][/quote]Appreciate your POV but do you think its maybe because Poyet never used him properly (Not playing to his strengths) or that its shortcomings in his ability? GovindaTim

3:00pm Tue 20 Aug 13

Conelli98 says...

GovindaTim wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
GovindaTim wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
GovindaTim wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
...Congratulations to all!
Ditto. BTW, have you noticed the serious sense of humour breakdown the Argus seems to have suffered Conelli? Loved your posts, shame they've been deleted.
yes, i did get a warning from them...but hey ho!
Me too but like you say, hey ho. Back to football matters, it seems from the report that CMS is back training which has got to be good news. Incorrectly used by Poyet, if OG can get the best out of him we will be there or thereabouts come May.
Sorry GT, CMS doesn't do it for me at this level even though he finished top scorer last season. I hope he proves me wrong and I will always fully support him all the time he is an Albion player(and hes not my friend according to Mason) but this is just my opinion. Rumours flying about about Becchio and although i cant see it happening I would prefer this as a partnership with Ulloa. UTA
Appreciate your POV but do you think its maybe because Poyet never used him properly (Not playing to his strengths) or that its shortcomings in his ability?
As I stated yesterday I prefer the complete striker that has the ability to beat an opponent with the ball at his feet. CMS is a poacher and yes he can score alot of goals...but at this level we need someone a bit more potent. Like I said I hope he proves me wrong.
[quote][p][bold]GovindaTim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GovindaTim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GovindaTim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: ...Congratulations to all![/p][/quote]Ditto. BTW, have you noticed the serious sense of humour breakdown the Argus seems to have suffered Conelli? Loved your posts, shame they've been deleted.[/p][/quote]yes, i did get a warning from them...but hey ho![/p][/quote]Me too but like you say, hey ho. Back to football matters, it seems from the report that CMS is back training which has got to be good news. Incorrectly used by Poyet, if OG can get the best out of him we will be there or thereabouts come May.[/p][/quote]Sorry GT, CMS doesn't do it for me at this level even though he finished top scorer last season. I hope he proves me wrong and I will always fully support him all the time he is an Albion player(and hes not my friend according to Mason) but this is just my opinion. Rumours flying about about Becchio and although i cant see it happening I would prefer this as a partnership with Ulloa. UTA[/p][/quote]Appreciate your POV but do you think its maybe because Poyet never used him properly (Not playing to his strengths) or that its shortcomings in his ability?[/p][/quote]As I stated yesterday I prefer the complete striker that has the ability to beat an opponent with the ball at his feet. CMS is a poacher and yes he can score alot of goals...but at this level we need someone a bit more potent. Like I said I hope he proves me wrong. Conelli98

8:56pm Tue 20 Aug 13

Brighton Bill says...

One of the best ever Brighton songs was when we sang it to Barry when he was the Manager of Peterborough.
O Barry Fry
What can it mean,
To a Fat Northern Ba*tard
And a S*it football team,

he loved it.
One of the best ever Brighton songs was when we sang it to Barry when he was the Manager of Peterborough. O Barry Fry What can it mean, To a Fat Northern Ba*tard And a S*it football team, he loved it. Brighton Bill

10:26pm Tue 20 Aug 13

OldGull says...

Conelli98 wrote:
GovindaTim wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
GovindaTim wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
GovindaTim wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
...Congratulations to all!
Ditto. BTW, have you noticed the serious sense of humour breakdown the Argus seems to have suffered Conelli? Loved your posts, shame they've been deleted.
yes, i did get a warning from them...but hey ho!
Me too but like you say, hey ho. Back to football matters, it seems from the report that CMS is back training which has got to be good news. Incorrectly used by Poyet, if OG can get the best out of him we will be there or thereabouts come May.
Sorry GT, CMS doesn't do it for me at this level even though he finished top scorer last season. I hope he proves me wrong and I will always fully support him all the time he is an Albion player(and hes not my friend according to Mason) but this is just my opinion. Rumours flying about about Becchio and although i cant see it happening I would prefer this as a partnership with Ulloa. UTA
Appreciate your POV but do you think its maybe because Poyet never used him properly (Not playing to his strengths) or that its shortcomings in his ability?
As I stated yesterday I prefer the complete striker that has the ability to beat an opponent with the ball at his feet. CMS is a poacher and yes he can score alot of goals...but at this level we need someone a bit more potent. Like I said I hope he proves me wrong.
CMS was not suited to Gus's style.
Let's hope when he gets his chance he can feed off Leo.
I think CMS needs to play with a strong player who can hold up the ball.
Not sure he is up to this level, but deserves a chance
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GovindaTim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GovindaTim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GovindaTim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: ...Congratulations to all![/p][/quote]Ditto. BTW, have you noticed the serious sense of humour breakdown the Argus seems to have suffered Conelli? Loved your posts, shame they've been deleted.[/p][/quote]yes, i did get a warning from them...but hey ho![/p][/quote]Me too but like you say, hey ho. Back to football matters, it seems from the report that CMS is back training which has got to be good news. Incorrectly used by Poyet, if OG can get the best out of him we will be there or thereabouts come May.[/p][/quote]Sorry GT, CMS doesn't do it for me at this level even though he finished top scorer last season. I hope he proves me wrong and I will always fully support him all the time he is an Albion player(and hes not my friend according to Mason) but this is just my opinion. Rumours flying about about Becchio and although i cant see it happening I would prefer this as a partnership with Ulloa. UTA[/p][/quote]Appreciate your POV but do you think its maybe because Poyet never used him properly (Not playing to his strengths) or that its shortcomings in his ability?[/p][/quote]As I stated yesterday I prefer the complete striker that has the ability to beat an opponent with the ball at his feet. CMS is a poacher and yes he can score alot of goals...but at this level we need someone a bit more potent. Like I said I hope he proves me wrong.[/p][/quote]CMS was not suited to Gus's style. Let's hope when he gets his chance he can feed off Leo. I think CMS needs to play with a strong player who can hold up the ball. Not sure he is up to this level, but deserves a chance OldGull

12:19am Wed 21 Aug 13

EnRouteBaby says...

Great story! Most deliveries that happen that fast are usually free from complication. But out of all the women I've interviewed who delivered their own baby because of an incredibly fast labor, they all reported experiencing severe Braxton Hicks contractions in their third trimester. So be prepared, and read up on emergency childbirth procedures. They take less time to read than the instructions that came with your plasma tv! Jennifer
www.EnRouteBaby.com
Great story! Most deliveries that happen that fast are usually free from complication. But out of all the women I've interviewed who delivered their own baby because of an incredibly fast labor, they all reported experiencing severe Braxton Hicks contractions in their third trimester. So be prepared, and read up on emergency childbirth procedures. They take less time to read than the instructions that came with your plasma tv! Jennifer www.EnRouteBaby.com EnRouteBaby

9:27am Wed 21 Aug 13

Conelli98 says...

EnRouteBaby wrote:
Great story! Most deliveries that happen that fast are usually free from complication. But out of all the women I've interviewed who delivered their own baby because of an incredibly fast labor, they all reported experiencing severe Braxton Hicks contractions in their third trimester. So be prepared, and read up on emergency childbirth procedures. They take less time to read than the instructions that came with your plasma tv! Jennifer
www.EnRouteBaby.com
And for us men...when my first was born the missus squeezed the @#$& out of my hand and I then got sympathy pains around the nadgers. No book tells u this...but its the best thing ive ever witnessed!
[quote][p][bold]EnRouteBaby[/bold] wrote: Great story! Most deliveries that happen that fast are usually free from complication. But out of all the women I've interviewed who delivered their own baby because of an incredibly fast labor, they all reported experiencing severe Braxton Hicks contractions in their third trimester. So be prepared, and read up on emergency childbirth procedures. They take less time to read than the instructions that came with your plasma tv! Jennifer www.EnRouteBaby.com[/p][/quote]And for us men...when my first was born the missus squeezed the @#$& out of my hand and I then got sympathy pains around the nadgers. No book tells u this...but its the best thing ive ever witnessed! Conelli98

10:29am Wed 21 Aug 13

Gee Jay says...

Congratulations to Craig and family, pleased to hear that all ended well after, what must have been a very worrying time with his partner giving birth in that way.
As has been said on here , it would be nice for The Argus to give us all an update on the progress of CMS's return to fitness. I like many supporters are looking forward to seeing him linking up with Leo for an extended period.
Congratulations to Craig and family, pleased to hear that all ended well after, what must have been a very worrying time with his partner giving birth in that way. As has been said on here , it would be nice for The Argus to give us all an update on the progress of CMS's return to fitness. I like many supporters are looking forward to seeing him linking up with Leo for an extended period. Gee Jay

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