Sean Raggett fires non-league giantkillers Lincoln into FA Cup quarter-finals

Feb 19, 2017, 00:09
Sean Raggett fires non-league giantkillers Lincoln into FA Cup quarter-finals

The last time a non-league team knocked a Premier League team out of the FA Cup, Andre Gray's Luton town beat Norwich City 1-0 with a late goal.

As a result, Danny Cowley's Imps become the first non-league side to reach the last eight since QPR in 1914.

The FA Cup has had its critics this season, with many of England's bigger clubs treating the old competition with contempt by fielding weakened teams, but these were scenes to warm the soul at Turf Moor.

Lincoln's FA Cup run started in October when the team needed a replay to get past Guiseley, a rival in the country's fifth-tier National League.

Lincoln's contingent of 3,210 visiting fans was singing "We're going to Wembley" 15 minutes after the final whistle at Turf Moor, in front of the team's celebrating players. The 5th division side were simply better than Burnley.

"They're a top quality side, drew with Chelsea last week, it's wonderful".

Burnley boss Sean Dyche, who as a player was part of Chesterfield's shock run to the semi-finals in 1997, said of his side's loss: "We've unfortunately played a part in Lincoln's fairytale and obviously we didn't want to do that". This will be a day that anybody associated with the club will remember for the rest of their lives.

"I looked over to the linesman", Raggett, a center back, said.

The game was not short of tempers.

No cards were produced by referee Graham Scott on that occasion - but there was one for the Clarets man soon after following another flashpoint in which Lincoln midfielder Terry Hawkridge received a hand in the face from Barton before being shoved over by Jon Flanagan.

Barton appeared to stand on Matt Rhead's foot before running into his arm seconds later.

Lincoln finally found their famous victor in the 89th minute.

The corner was high and long, and a Lincoln head, left in acres of space, directed the ball into the crowded six yard box, where Raggett leapt highest and sent his header goalwards.

But Danny Cowley highlighted the contribution of his players and the club's fans.

Leicester were on top in the first half but despite creating a number of chances they were unable to find a way past Jordan Archer, who pulled off two saves to deny Shinji Okazaki on separate occasions.

The Imps were courageous, showed their quality, and deserved their victory.

Win, lose or draw the City of Lincoln should be proud of its FA Cup heroes for getting this far in the competition.

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