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It's Roy of the Rovers stuff for Irish ace Amond


Carlow-born striker Pádraig Amond

Carlow-born striker Pádraig Amond

Carlow-born striker Pádraig Amond

Newport's Irish star Pádraig Amond has been included as part of a new limited-edition version of the famous Roy of the Rovers comic, which has been launched to celebrate this year's FA Cup third-round upsets. 

The comic strip features Amond's club Newport overcoming Premier League Leicester City, and also Barnet, Gillingham and Oldham following their giantkillings of Sheffield United, Cardiff and Fulham respectively.

Carlow-born forward Amond said: "It's brilliant, I'll certainly be keeping my copy in a special place. Growing up I used to read Roy of the Rovers comics, so seeing myself in comic book form is crazy.

"The Emirates FA Cup has given us a chance to prove ourselves and I'm delighted that our fans can keep a bit of that history with this comic."

The comic strip first appeared in 1954 following the life and career of fictional footballer Roy Race and was brought back last year after a 17-year break featuring the main character as a 16-year-old footballing prodigy.

The English FA's director of professional game relations Andy Ambler said.

"We are delighted to create this commemorative comic book featuring the stars of Barnet, Gillingham, Newport County and Oldham Athletic and hope the fans across the country enjoy looking back on these memorable moments in cartoon form."