Newport goalkeeper, Joe Day ensure his side knocked Championship side,Middlesbrough out of the FA Cup in the fourth round replay by missing the birth of his twins.
The hero goalkeeper who was goal for his side’s FA Cup triumph has spoken of how he feared she would ‘give him some stick’ for not being present at their arrival.
Joe Day was seen on live television running off the pitch after his side beat Middlesbrough 2-0, setting up a glamour tie with Manchester City and sending team-mates and fans into a frenzy.
The 28-year-old knew the birth was imminent but had his phone turned off during the win on Tuesday night.
And as soon as the final whistle went Day asked boss Michael Flynn if he could dash off to see his family – but he missed the births of the babies who arrived at 8.13pm and 8.35pm – during the first half of the tie at a hospital just two miles away.
On Wednesday, the exhausted new father said of his wife: ‘I thought I might get some stick but she’s been great. I’m just so proud of her and my two little girls.
The goalkeeper had missed his side’s first FA Cup match against Middlesbrough ten days ago with the birth of the twins imminent. But after the drawn game he decided feature in the replay, despite his wife being long overdue.
After the game the goalkeeper ran over to manager Flynn, hugged his boss and was then ushered down the tunnel in a bid to make it to the hospital.
Speaking to a TV Station after the win, Flynn, when asked if Day was kept up to date, said: ‘Look, the professional that he is, he turned his phone off.
‘I didn’t hide it believe it or not. I didn’t hide it, he turned his phone off. As soon as the game was over and we won he said “gaffer thank you so much, can I go please?”