Paul Spurway

By Patrick Jourdain.
EB October 1994

Paul Spurway, who played for both England and Wales at different times in his bridge career, has died aged 68 - in Scotland. He retired to Dumfries after a prestigious career with Price Waterhouse, the accountants, where he became a senior partner.

In 1958 he played his first bridge international for England, partnering his brother John. He had two matches for England, against Wales and Scotland, before he moved to Cardiff. In bridge, residency is a qualification, and in 1961 Paul played for Wales against England.

His brother John had continued to represent England and in 1964, for the only time, the brothers found them­selves on opposing teams. England won, but the following season, in November 1964, in Windsor, Paul played in the Welsh team which beat England, only the second time this had happened. He won 10 caps for Wales. After Paul moved back to England he became vice-chairman of the EBU from 1969-74, and in 1975 he was made a vice-president of the EBU, a post he held at his death.

Camrose Trophy Selections*: 1958 and 1960

Crockfords Winner: 1959 and 1977

* - selections for England only