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Classy Alan Shearer phoned Cambridge’s FA Cup hero Joe Ironside ‘to say congratulations’ after winner against Newcastle


ALAN SHEARER called Cambridge’s FA Cup hero Joe Ironside to congratulate him on his winning goal against Newcastle.

The U’s striker revealed he received a personal message from his idol following the League One side’s shock win on Saturday.

Ironside enjoyed his winning goal with team-mates at St James' Park

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Ironside enjoyed his winning goal with team-mates at St James’ ParkCredit: Rex

Ironside, 28, scored the only goal of the game in the 56th minute to seal a 1-0 victory in the third round.

It sparked wild celebrations among the 5,000 travelling Cambridge fans high at St James’ Park.

Shearer said: “I rang him up this morning to say congratulations. I think he might have thought it was some kind of joke.

“But I just thought it was the right thing to do. What a day for him, what a day for Cambridge.”

Ironside said he had also received a text from Toon legend Shearer, 51, after the game and that it had been set up by ex-Cambridge striker-turned-pundit Dion Dublin.

Ironside said: “I’ve got one [a message] off Shearer this morning. So yeah, that was a nice touch, that was class.

“Dion the commentator set it up – I appreciate that from both of them.”

Ironside did not give details about Shearer’s message but said it had meant a lot to him.

He added: “I wasn’t expecting that on Monday morning.

“Fair play – I really appreciated it, and thanks to him and Dion for getting it sorted.”

Cambridge produced a brilliant team performance to set up a fourth round tie against Luton.

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