Non-league Lincoln City make FA Cup history at Burnley


Non-league Lincoln City make FA Cup history at Burnley

Non-league Lincoln City make FA Cup history at Burnley

Phil Noble


The fifth-tier side beat the Premier League club 1-0 at Turf Moor to become the first team playing outside the football league in 103 years into the last eight.

Non-league side Lincoln City produced a huge FA Cup shock to beat Premier League outfit Burnley to reach the quarter-finals of the world’s oldest knock-out competition for the first time in their history on Saturday.

First non-league side in last eight since 1914

Sean Raggett's 90th-minute strike settled a scrappy match at Turf Moor, making Lincoln the first non-professional league club to reach the last eight of English football's most prestigious knockout competition since QPR achieved the feat in 1914.

The visitors, who play in the fifth-tier National League, matched a side 81 places higher up the English ladder and should have taken an early lead when Jack Muldoon fired over.

Burnley, with only three defeats in their previous 29 home matches in all competitions, struggled to make their higher status show until the latter stages when they finally began to pile pressure on a tiring Lincoln side.

Raggett heroics

But just when it seemed the Premier League side would score, Lincoln were awarded a corner and after Burnley failed to clear Raggett rose above a crowd of players to head the ball over the line.

They survived five minutes of stoppage time, including Burnley's keeper Tom Heaton going forward to try to salvage a draw, to spark wild celebrations among the 3,500 travelling fans.

"We said it was a one-in-a-100 chance and thankfully we got that opportunity," said Lincoln manager Danny Cowley.

"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."

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