Joe Ironside of Cambridge United reflecting on his side's FA Cup third round win over Newcastle United.
Cambridge United's FA Cup hero Joe Ironside has revealed he received a personal message from his idol Alan Shearer following the U’s shock victory over Newcastle United on Saturday.
Ironside fired home in the 56th minute to seal a 1-0 victory in the FA Cup third round, sparking wild celebrations from the 5,000 travelling Cambridge fans high in St James' Park.
The 28-year-old, who had spoken frequently of idolising Shearer as a youngster, said he had received a text from the legendary Newcastle striker in the wake of the win - something he said was set up by ex-Cambridge striker-turned-pundit Dion Dublin.
Speaking of the messages of congratulations he had received since the win, Ironside said: “I’ve got one off Shearer this morning so, yeah, that was a nice touch, that was class.
"Dion [Dublin] the commentator set it up - I appreciate that from both of them."
Though he did not reveal the contents of the message from the former England captain, Ironside said it had meant a lot to him.
"I wasn’t expecting that on Monday morning. Fair play - I really appreciated it, and thanks to him and Dion for getting it sorted."
Ironside was speaking after a weekend which will live for years in the memories of all Cambridge fans, and said it had been an occasion to remember.
“After the game and probably a bit of Sunday, it was just manic," he said.
"Your phone was blowing up, and then you get a bit of time to reflect on stuff. It’s a great experience - I’m just buzzing for everyone associated with the football club, fans, staff, players. It was just a great day."
He also hailed the team effort that sent Cambridge through to the fourth round where they will face Luton Town.
“It was a collective thing. Every single man on the pitch has done the job and everyone was outstanding so it was a team effort, a team win. As I’ve said all along, it’s all about what the team does and I’m glad we all got to achieve it together.”