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Newport’s Mike Flynn looks to extend Wembley record in Tottenham replay

• ‘I’ve got a 100% record at Wembley. I don’t want to spoil it’
• Newport Cup run has earned club around £700,000 so far

It said plenty for the evening Mike Flynn had just experienced that his biggest concern involved keeping a proud statistic intact. “I played there in the play-off final for Newport and got us back in the league,” the Newport County manager said of Tottenham’s temporary home at the national stadium, where an FA Cup fourth-round replay now awaits his League Two side. “That’s the only problem – I’ve got a 100% record at Wembley and I don’t want to spoil it.”

The match to which Flynn referred took place on 5 May 2013; he patrolled the midfield as Wrexham were beaten 2-0, ending Newport’s 25-year absence from the Football League. It has not been an easy ride since but Saturday’s 1-1 draw – which would have been so much more had Harry Kane not scored a barely deserved late equaliser to cancel out a header from Padraig Amond – can help permanently change the environment in which Flynn’s team, who came within minutes of a return to non-league last season, operate.

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