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Jamie Redknapp breaks down as he recalls the devastating moment dad Harry almost lost his life

Jamie Redknapp breaks down as he admits he ‘collapsed’ after dad Harry suffered life threatening injuries in horror road accident that left four people dead

An emotional Jamie Redknapp has recalled the moment he discovered dad Harry was seriously injured in a horror car accident that left four people dead. 

Then manager of AFC Bournemouth, Harry had travelled to Italy for the 1990 World Cup when the minibus carrying him collided with a car containing three Italian soldiers.   

The 72-year old suffered a fractured skull, cracked ribs, a broken nose and an injury to his left leg during the accident, which claimed four lives – including that of close friend and Bournemouth Managing Director Brian Tiler. 

Moving; An emotional Jamie Redknapp has recalled the moment he discovered dad Harry was seriously injured in a horror car accident that killed his closest friend

Moving; An emotional Jamie Redknapp has recalled the moment he discovered dad Harry was seriously injured in a horror car accident that killed his closest friend

Appearing on the latest installment of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, Jamie – who was 17 and beginning his professional career with Bournemouth at the time of the accident – choked back tears as he recalled seeing his father in hospital. 

‘You didn’t like to see him in that situation, it was so difficult,’ he said. ‘We were so proud to have him back but he wasn’t allowed to manage for a while, which was difficult for him. It was difficult times all round really. 

‘I don’t think people realized because dad never spoke about it, he wouldn’t speak to us about it.  It was one of his best mates. It was awful.’ 

Catastrophe: Harry had travelled to Italy for the 1990 World Cup when the minibus he was travelling in collided with a car containing three Italian soldiers

Catastrophe: Harry had travelled to Italy for the 1990 World Cup when the minibus he was travelling in collided with a car containing three Italian soldiers 

Devastated: Appearing on the latest installment of Piers Morgan's Life Stories, Jamie choked back tears as he recalled seeing his father in hospital

Devastated: Appearing on the latest installment of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, Jamie choked back tears as he recalled seeing his father in hospital

Harry was initially feared dead after being pulled from the wreckage and was unconscious for two days as he recovered in an Italian hospital.

He was later flown back to the United Kingdom in an air ambulance paid for by Bournemouth, the club he managed for nine-years. 

And Sandra, Harry’s devoted, wife, admits her son collapsed after seeing him in the early stages of his recovery. 

‘When Jamie saw him, he passed out,’ she said.  

Trauma: Harry was initially feared dead after being pulled from the wreckage and was unconscious for two days as he recovered in an Italian hospital

Trauma: Harry was initially feared dead after being pulled from the wreckage and was unconscious for two days as he recovered in an Italian hospital 

Upset: 'You didn’t like to see him in that situation, it was so difficult,' Jamie said. 'We were so proud to have him back but he wasn’t allowed to manage for a while, which was difficult for him'

Upset: ‘You didn’t like to see him in that situation, it was so difficult,’ Jamie said. ‘We were so proud to have him back but he wasn’t allowed to manage for a while, which was difficult for him’

Looking back at the accident, Harry admitted he is wracked with guilt over the death close friend Brian, who was 47 at the time of his death, as well as the three soldiers who lost their lives after colliding with his minibus. 

He recalled: ‘We were about to get on the bus and I stopped to start talking to some Irish fans and Brian was saying “Come on Harry, we’ve got to go,”

‘I carried on talking. I often think to myself if I hadn’t carried on talking and got on the bus when they were calling me, we would have missed that.’  

Tragically, Harry admitted Bran had taken his seat after they boarded the coach in Latina, central Italy.   

He said: ‘I remember him saying “I’ve nicked your seat, you’re going to have to sit over there”, sort of thing.’ 

Piers Morgan’s Life Stories continues on  22 June 2019, on ITV1.  

Tight bond: Jamie enjoys an extremely close relationship with his father

Tight bond: Jamie enjoys an extremely close relationship with his father 

 

 

Daily Mail UK

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