— josh / (@heyjoshuajames) February 5, 2019
The boy tasked with waving a Newport County flag in the centre circle before their FA Cup 4th round replay against Middlesbrough slipped over while on duty.
After giving the flag a hearty waggle, he puts it down before skidding on the surface and ending up on the sodden turf.
Fortunately for him and his team, it proved to be far from the “visual representation of Newport’s FA Cup run” prophesied in the accompanying tweet.
— Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) February 5, 2019
On the contrary, the League Two team sprung one of the shocks of the round as they beat Tony Pulis’s Championship side 2-0 at Rodney Parade on Tuesday night.
Second-half goals from Robbie Willmott and Pádraig Amond set up a dream fixture at home to Manchester City in the next stage of the competition.
— Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) February 5, 2019
They stand to make £1m from their FA Cup run, in which they also knocked out Premier League Leicester City in the 3rd round.
It is only the second time in their history that they’ve reached the FA Cup 5th round, the only other occasion coming in 1949.