Lincoln City make FA Cup history


Lincoln City have become the first non-league side to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in the modern era.

The Imps achieved it by beating Premier League Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor, a late goal from Sean Raggett going over the line and sending the National League leaders into the record books.

We said it was a one in a 100 chance and thankfully we got that opportunity.

Danny Cowley

The decisive moment in an often niggly game came in the 89th minute when Lincoln forced a corner. The ball found Luke Waterfall unmarked near the far post and he nodded the ball back into the penalty area.

There he found Raggett whose header was clawed away by Clarets keeper Tom Heaton, but it had already crossed the line and the referee signalled the goal.

There was then five minutes of injury-time played but, despite some late pressure Sean Dyche’s team were unable to find an equaliser and Lincoln have become the first non-league team to reach the last eight of the FA Cup in over 100 years.

Lincoln manager Danny Cowley told BT Sport after the game: “We said it was a one in a 100 chance and thankfully we got that opportunity.

“The last eight of the FA Cup sounds pretty good. We work hard on our corners and our free-kicks and we are mightily proud of the players.”

Lincoln’s FA Cup run began back in October in the fourth qualifying round where they beat Guiseley.

They then beat Altrincham in the first round proper, Oldham in round two and then two Championship sides Ipswich and Brighton to book their tie away at Premier League Burnley.