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Lincoln City: On the Brink of FA Cup History – Proudly Flying the National League Flag
Published: 16-02-2017 at 09:52
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This weekend, Lincoln City travel to Burnley in the Emirates FA Cup, where The National League outfit will bid to become the first team outside of the English Football League since 1914 to reach the quarter-final stage.

There's no argument that the Imps' march to the Fifth Round of this season's competition has been mightily impressive, with wins over Oldham Athletic, Ipswich Town and Premier League-chasing Brighton & Hove Albion sure to treasured at Sincil Bank for a long, long time.

 

But this isn't totally unfamiliar territory to Lincoln, and it highlights the growth of the Vanarama National League in the strength of the teams within.

 

City have progressed to the last 16 of the FA Cup on three previous occasions, but it's now time to make new memories – those runs came in 1887, 1890 and 1902.

 

The first of those saw the club overcome Middlesbrough and local rivals Gainsborough Trinity en route to the Fifth Round, but their progress was halted by Rangers – yes, the Scottish ones!

 

It was Preston North End who shattered Lincoln's FA Cup dreams three years later, easing to a 4-0 win at Deepdale. The Imps couldn't be too disheartened, though, as the Lilywhites went on to win the First Division that season.

 

Newton Heath were dumped out of the cup by Lincoln as the club reached the last 16 again in 1902. The victory all the sweeter after manager James West left the Imps to take charge of the team now known as Manchester United.

 

Derby County became the next team to deny the Imps a last-eight spot though, in a season which saw the club earn their highest-ever league finish – fifth in the Second Division.

 

Now, 115 years on, the National League leaders seem well-equipped and ready to go one step beyond for the first time.

 

The primary focus may well be on clinching the league title but, with the season they're having, manager Danny Cowley is sure to have plenty of belief that his players can upset the odds at Turf Moor this weekend.

 

Lincoln City have a long and proud 133-year history, but the current crop stand on the brink of making the 2016/17 season one of the most memorable yet.

 

Watch the National League leaders in Emirates FA Cup action this weekend, with Burnley versus Lincoln City screened live on BT Sport 2, Saturday 18th February, 12:30pm kick-off.

 


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