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, 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.