Newport goalkeeper Joe Day quickly put their famous win over Middlesbrough behind him as he sprinted off at the final whistle to be with his wife as she gave birth to twin girls.
The 28-year-old helped the League Two side deliver a huge upset – setting up an FA Cup fifth-round clash with Manchester City – before running into the Rodney Parade dressing room to dash off to be with his new family.
Day rushed away to join his wife – with manager Michael Flynn’s praise for his “professionalism” ringing in his ears – who appeared to have given birth to girls Sophia Grace and Emilia Lillie during the first half and half-time of last night’s tie.
A picture shared on Twitter put the birth times at 8.13 and 8.35 – with the game kicking off at 7.45.
Joe with wife Lizzie, who is said to be doing well and looking forward to fifth round clash with Man City
The club posted a tweet this morning congratulating the stopper and revealing mum Lizzie and the girls are “all healthy and looking forward to the fifth round”.
Flynn had earlier praised Day for staying focused on the game, saying: “The professional he is, he turned his phone off.
“I didn’t hide it, believe it or not, he turned his phone off.
“As soon as the game was over and we’d won and said thank you so much gaffer, ‘can I go please?’ I said, ‘of course you can, do you need a lift?’.”
Robbie Willmott and Padraig Amond had hit second-half goals to deservedly see off Championship high-fliers Boro 2-0.
County stopper Joe Day keeps his focus as he runs to the dressing room on the way to join his wife, who is expecting twins imminently
And after his clean sheet Day hopes to complete a week he could have hardly have dreamed about at the start of the season.
Overcoming Boro is certainly the greatest moment of the Brighton-born stopper’s career so far.
After four years with Rushden & Diamonds, he failed to break through at Peterborough and joined Newport in 2015 after a loan spell the previous year.
Now, though, with champions City to visit Rodney Parade, excited Day can expect sleepless nights for more than one reason.
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