Amber Army lap up front page spotlight after FA Cup heroics

It’s not every day the Cambridge News clears its front page of news — but then again, it’s not every day Cambridge United performs a giant-killing feat in the FA Cup.

The News splashed on jubilant players from the U’s celebrating at St James’ Park after their 1–0 win over Premier League strugglers Newcastle United.

Reporter Stephen Page covered the game for the News, and Monday’s paper included four pages of sports coverage, and a spread in news getting reaction from fans.

Goalscorer Joe Ironside was an understandable hero, but praise was also lavished on keeper Dimitar Mitov who kept Newcastle’s multimillion pound stars at bay during the second half.

Their reward is a next-round tie against Championship side Luton Town, already prompting hope that, having seen off a top-flight side, Cambridge can do the same to a team just one division above them — especially as the Amber Army will be at home for the occasion.

David Bartlett, Reach’s audience and content director for the South East, said: “When Cambridge United beat Newcastle we knew this was a special day for the fans of the club.

“And our coverage was very much a collaborative effort between our Cambridge United reporter Stephen Page, CambridgeshireLive, Reach network teams, and our print teams. The result was comprehensive match coverage, fan reaction, and a brilliant front page that was widely shared on social media and also lead to a 13% increase in sales on the Monday.

“The Abbey will be rocking on February 5 when Cambridge take on Luton in the next round, and our readers can expect loads more brilliant coverage.”

There was similar excitement in Kidderminster where National League side Harriers beat Championship Reading to secure a place in the fourth round.

Their reward — a match against Premier League side West Ham.

It’s a prospect which moved sport to the front of the book for the weekly Kidderminster Shuttle, with celebrating players and fans splashed across the front.

Sports writer Shane Wilkinson, who writes for the independent Harriers Online website, said: “This has been the best weekend of my life.

“West Ham coming to Aggborough? It’s ridiculous, it sounds like something out of Football Manager.”

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