Hull City boss talks woman out of suicide

Fri Oct 2, 2009 8:27am EDT
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By Neil Maidment

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - High up on one of the world's biggest suspension bridges, Hull City manager Phil Brown came across someone with even weightier problems than his own.

Standing there, contemplating the chilly waters of the River Humber, was a woman who seemed about to end it all.

Brown, who was leading his team on a contemplative walk over the bridge after last weekend's 6-1 thrashing by Liverpool, spoke to woman, who eventually thought better of it and walked away.

"Maybe she must have seen us and thought 'at least it's not that bad'. Well for me in particular -- not the players," Brown, whose side lie second-bottom in the Premier League, told reporters this week.

"She was contemplating her future, but so was I. In the end she tootled off back to wherever she had come from. I'd sweet-talked her out of it."

The world's fifth-largest suspension bridge, in Kingston upon Hull, northern England, has seen nearly 200 suicide attempts since it was opened in 1981.

"...You never know whether somebody is just standing there until they jump," said Brown. "But there was no need to be up there unless you were a football team looking for inspiration."

That is certainly what Brown's Hull side require.   Continued...