“Thank you to the manager for letting me be in Manchester for that. Absolutely amazing day for me and the Mrs, so proud of her and it was a late one, something we could not change.
“The manager let me do it so I was able to be there for the birth of my baby and come to the game.”
The third-round tie at Fulham kicked off at 19:45 BST, meaning time was tight for James.
Leeds have a host of injury problems and Marcelo Bielsa played a strong side for the game, making only four changes compared to Fulham’s 11, with the Argentine keen to find a way to have James available.
“The car would have been a bit too long so I ended up getting a helicopter,” said the Wales winger. “A bit of an amazing story – and one I will always remember.
“We don’t have a name yet and will think of a name when we get home.”