The FA cup is known for its fairytale’s and football miracles and it was Lincoln City who produced a dose of magic as they made history.
Lincoln City became the first ever national league side to reach the last 8 of the competition, after a remarkable 1-0 victory against Premier League side Burnley. It was a breathtaking finale as Lincoln left it late in a smash and grab at Turf Moor. It was Sean Raggett’s 89th minute header that sealed the victory and sent Lincoln fans into pandemonium.
This was the first time a non league side reached the quarter finals in the glorious 103 years of the FA cup. Manager Danny Cowley was ecstatic with his players and was overwhelmed by the support for his team as he said; ‘Just incredible really, you just don’t want it to end. You are on the pitch and to see our supporters- they are Premier League them supporters- and they have had very limited success at this football club in recent years and they deserve this moment’.
Cowley also believes his lads have re-ignited the love and passion for the FA cup as they have produced a ‘miracle’, Cowley added; ‘I think maybe we brought some of the magic back, it is a brilliant cup competition and who ever said the FA cup is dead, has not lived in Lincoln in the last six to eight weeks, because it has galvanised our football club’.
Lincoln City has been drawn against either Sutton United or Arsenal in the quarter final as the two sides play their 5th round tie on the 20th February. Sutton United are also in the National League and it will be the first time in FA cup history if 2 non league sides reach the last 8 of this old, great competition.