The commemorative cartoon depicts action from an exhilarating Emirates FA Cup Third Round which saw The Bees triumph against Championship side Sheffield United as well as Gillingham, Newport County and Oldham Athletic all overcoming the odds to record famous upsets.
The comic, published in partnership with official Roy of the Rovers publishers Rebellion, features a cup themed storyline and artwork by Roy of the Rovers artist Ben Willsher with a page dedicated to Barnet’s win over Sheffield United, featuring the likes of goal scorer Shaquile Coulthist.
Barnet manager Darren Currie said “I am so proud of the result against Sheffield United. The players worked so hard to defy the odds and go through to the Fourth Round. The buzz around the club is incredible, especially with us now featuring in a comic which I, as well as many other football fans, used to read as a kid – it really is amazing.”
Andy Ambler, The FA’s Director of Professional Game Relations, said “Anything is possible in The Emirates FA Cup as results in the Third Round showed. The competition is for all and a chance for players and teams across the football pyramid to write their names into folklore. 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. Good luck to all the clubs in the Fourth Round.”
Roy of the Rovers returned to print in 2018 with a brand new story and a new contemporary look and feel after a 17-year hiatus. The latest edition features hero Roy Race as a 16-year-old footballing prodigy taking his first steps in the professional game, and retaining the same talent and passion that made him a favourite for football fans since the 1950s.