Words: Josh Millar
Images: Ben Willsher
“What a roar around Rodney Parade! The young and the old, the proud and the bold!”
“Daniel Iversen! What a hero for Oldham!”
Your parents always told you about their favourite FA Cup memories, the ones that they roll out year on year because it still means everything to the people who were there, and this season has been no different. The four heroes from the FA Cup 3rd Round have had their moments in footballing history made into a Roy of the Rovers comic strip. The comics have immortalised the against-the-odds wins of Newport County, Barnet, Oldham, and Gillingham forever.
Oldham caretaker manager Pete Wild had talked about their win over Fulham being a Roy of the Rovers moment, and he’s absolutely buzzing about having their achievement drawn on paper. “When I heard that The FA were actually creating a Roy of the Rovers comic book I was over the moon. To put this club and the players who worked so hard to secure the win in the spotlight is really special. I’m sure the fans are going to love it.”
Newport Country number 9 Pádraig Amond was delighted too. The striker juggles his time between playing and coaching County’s u16 team. He used to read Roy of the Rovers as a kid and couldn’t believe that he was now being made into a cartoon hero. “The FA Cup has given us a chance to prove ourselves, and I’m delighted that our fans can now keep a bit of that history with this comic. It’s brilliant; I’ll certainly be keeping my copy in a special place.”
You can download the full comic here.