The Giant Killers

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LINCOLN CITY

Despite the distinction of having spent the highest number of seasons in the Football League without reaching the top flight, Lincoln have never yet enjoyed a victory over a top flight side. The Imps were among the original members of the Second Division in 1892 but never got closer than fifth in their bid to reach the big time and eventually lost their League status. That place was regained as an original member of the Third Division North in 1921 and for the next forty years life was the ups and downs between the second and third tier. By the early sixties Lincoln's Second Division days were over and life was a battle between the third and fourth tiers. The introduction of relegation from the old Division Four allowed Lincoln to gain the unenviable record of being the only club to have lost League status five times. The cup has rarely thrown up great days for the Imps and it wasn't until 2017 and a Non-League victory over second tier Ipswich that they earned a place among the giant killers.

Magic moments

 

2017

1-0 vs Ipswich Town 

  Third round replay: Tuesday January 17th 2017
Attendance: 9,054
Scorer: {Albion} Nathan Arnold {90 +1}
Ranked at the time: 140
After six years of struggle at Sincil Bank, in which relegation to the sixth tier had loomed large several times, things were looking up again
 for Lincoln fans as their team seemed to be marching towards the National League title and a return to the Football League. A trip to inconsistent Championship side, Ipswich in the third round of the cup offered a chance of a bit of extra icing on the cake for a side clearly brimming with confidence.  5,000 Imps fans made the trip to Portman Road, intent on a good old fashioned cup day out and got just that when Theo Robinson deservedly set up a possible cup shock not once but twice in a topsy turvey afternoon when a lacklustre home side salvaged a replay four minutes from time.
The 2-2 draw set up a live televised replay for the Imps at Sincil bank with over 9,000 fans packing into the ground for an evening that was also tinged with sadness. In the days between the cup tie and replay, Lincoln's legendary former manager, Graham Taylor passed away at the age of seventy-two. The future England Manager began his management career at Sincil Bank and was still the last man to take the club into the fourth round of the cup forty-one years early. Fitting then that, on the night the club paid tribute to Taylor, the men of 2017 emulated his 1976 team in impressive style. On a night when Mick McCarthy's Ipswich side were simply awful, Lincoln repeatedly failed to turn their dominance into goals with Dean Gerken producing one fantastic first half save when it seemed certain the deadlock would be broken.
That stop set up a tense finish as a rare Ipswich attack resulted in a dangerous free kick as the game ticked into stoppage time with all in 
the stadium and watching on TV feeling that a goal now would be cruel to deny the Non-League side an extra half hour, not to mention an unexpected late night for the BBC's News at  Ten team. The Championship side threw extra bodies forward in the hope of achieving just that but when the poorly effected set piece broke to Adam Marriott he suddenly found himself deep in his own half but with just one blue shirt between he and the Ipswich goal. With a hopelessly exposed Ipswich defence desperately trying to get back into position, Marriott showed great composure to not race on himself, instead checking his own break before laying a great through ball to Nathan Arnold who equally calmly rounded the defenceless Gerken before slotting into the empty net to clinch the victory and a fourth round tie against Championship high flyers, Brighton. 
Lincoln: 1: Paul Farman, 2: Bradley Wood, 5: Luke Waterfall, 25: Sean Raggett, 3: Sam Habergham, 28: Nathan Arnold {Replaced by 7: Jack Muldoon 90 +3}, 30: Alex Wodyard, 8: Alan Power, 11: Terry Hawkridge {Replaced by 27: Jamie McCombe 90 +5}, 31: Theo Robinson {Replaced by 10: Adam Marriott 80}, 9: Matt Rhead. {Manager: Danny Cowley} 

Third round replay: Tuesday January 17th 2017

Attendance: 9,054

Scorer: Nathan Arnold {90 +1}

Ranked at the time: 140

After six years of struggle at Sincil Bank, in which relegation to the sixth tier had loomed large several times, things were looking up again

Team: 1: Paul Farman, 2: Bradley Wood, 5: Luke Waterfall, 25: Sean Raggett, 3: Sam Habergham, 28: Nathan Arnold {Replaced by 7: Jack Muldoon 90 +3}, 30: Alex Wodyard, 8: Alan Power, 11: Terry Hawkridge {Replaced by 27: Jamie McCombe 90 +5}, 31: Theo Robinson {Replaced by 10: Adam Marriott 80}, 9: Matt Rhead. {Manager: Danny Cowley} 

3-1 vs Brighton & Hove Albion

  Third round replay: Tuesday January 17th 2017
Attendance: 9,054
Scorer: {Albion} Nathan Arnold {90 +1}
Ranked at the time: 140
After six years of struggle at Sincil Bank, in which relegation to the sixth tier had loomed large several times, things were looking up again
 for Lincoln fans as their team seemed to be marching towards the National League title and a return to the Football League. A trip to inconsistent Championship side, Ipswich in the third round of the cup offered a chance of a bit of extra icing on the cake for a side clearly brimming with confidence.  5,000 Imps fans made the trip to Portman Road, intent on a good old fashioned cup day out and got just that when Theo Robinson deservedly set up a possible cup shock not once but twice in a topsy turvey afternoon when a lacklustre home side salvaged a replay four minutes from time.
The 2-2 draw set up a live televised replay for the Imps at Sincil bank with over 9,000 fans packing into the ground for an evening that was also tinged with sadness. In the days between the cup tie and replay, Lincoln's legendary former manager, Graham Taylor passed away at the age of seventy-two. The future England Manager began his management career at Sincil Bank and was still the last man to take the club into the fourth round of the cup forty-one years early. Fitting then that, on the night the club paid tribute to Taylor, the men of 2017 emulated his 1976 team in impressive style. On a night when Mick McCarthy's Ipswich side were simply awful, Lincoln repeatedly failed to turn their dominance into goals with Dean Gerken producing one fantastic first half save when it seemed certain the deadlock would be broken.
That stop set up a tense finish as a rare Ipswich attack resulted in a dangerous free kick as the game ticked into stoppage time with all in 
the stadium and watching on TV feeling that a goal now would be cruel to deny the Non-League side an extra half hour, not to mention an unexpected late night for the BBC's News at  Ten team. The Championship side threw extra bodies forward in the hope of achieving just that but when the poorly effected set piece broke to Adam Marriott he suddenly found himself deep in his own half but with just one blue shirt between he and the Ipswich goal. With a hopelessly exposed Ipswich defence desperately trying to get back into position, Marriott showed great composure to not race on himself, instead checking his own break before laying a great through ball to Nathan Arnold who equally calmly rounded the defenceless Gerken before slotting into the empty net to clinch the victory and a fourth round tie against Championship high flyers, Brighton. 
Lincoln: 1: Paul Farman, 2: Bradley Wood, 5: Luke Waterfall, 25: Sean Raggett, 3: Sam Habergham, 28: Nathan Arnold {Replaced by 7: Jack Muldoon 90 +3}, 30: Alex Wodyard, 8: Alan Power, 11: Terry Hawkridge {Replaced by 27: Jamie McCombe 90 +5}, 31: Theo Robinson {Replaced by 10: Adam Marriott 80}, 9: Matt Rhead. {Manager: Danny Cowley} 

Fourth Round: Saturday January 28th 2017

Attendance: 9,469

Scorers: Alan Power {pen}, Fikayo Tomori {own goal}, Theo Robinson

Ranked at the time: 44

After six years of struggle at Sincil Bank, in which relegation to the sixth tier had loomed large several times, things were looking up again

Team: 1:Paul Farman, 2:Bradley Wood, 5:Luke Waterfall, 25:Sean Raggett, 3:Sam Habergham, 28:Nathan Arnold, 8:Alan Power {Replaced by 27:Jamie McCombie 90 +8}, 30:Alex Woodyard, 11:Terry Hawkridge, 9:Matt Rhead {Replaced by 12:Sean Long 88}, 31:Theo Robinson {Replaced by 7:Jack Muldoon 87} {Manager:Danny Cowley} 

1-0 at Burnley

  Third round replay: Tuesday January 17th 2017
Attendance: 9,054
Scorer: {Albion} Nathan Arnold {90 +1}
Ranked at the time: 140
After six years of struggle at Sincil Bank, in which relegation to the sixth tier had loomed large several times, things were looking up again
 for Lincoln fans as their team seemed to be marching towards the National League title and a return to the Football League. A trip to inconsistent Championship side, Ipswich in the third round of the cup offered a chance of a bit of extra icing on the cake for a side clearly brimming with confidence.  5,000 Imps fans made the trip to Portman Road, intent on a good old fashioned cup day out and got just that when Theo Robinson deservedly set up a possible cup shock not once but twice in a topsy turvey afternoon when a lacklustre home side salvaged a replay four minutes from time.
The 2-2 draw set up a live televised replay for the Imps at Sincil bank with over 9,000 fans packing into the ground for an evening that was also tinged with sadness. In the days between the cup tie and replay, Lincoln's legendary former manager, Graham Taylor passed away at the age of seventy-two. The future England Manager began his management career at Sincil Bank and was still the last man to take the club into the fourth round of the cup forty-one years early. Fitting then that, on the night the club paid tribute to Taylor, the men of 2017 emulated his 1976 team in impressive style. On a night when Mick McCarthy's Ipswich side were simply awful, Lincoln repeatedly failed to turn their dominance into goals with Dean Gerken producing one fantastic first half save when it seemed certain the deadlock would be broken.
That stop set up a tense finish as a rare Ipswich attack resulted in a dangerous free kick as the game ticked into stoppage time with all in 
the stadium and watching on TV feeling that a goal now would be cruel to deny the Non-League side an extra half hour, not to mention an unexpected late night for the BBC's News at  Ten team. The Championship side threw extra bodies forward in the hope of achieving just that but when the poorly effected set piece broke to Adam Marriott he suddenly found himself deep in his own half but with just one blue shirt between he and the Ipswich goal. With a hopelessly exposed Ipswich defence desperately trying to get back into position, Marriott showed great composure to not race on himself, instead checking his own break before laying a great through ball to Nathan Arnold who equally calmly rounded the defenceless Gerken before slotting into the empty net to clinch the victory and a fourth round tie against Championship high flyers, Brighton. 
Lincoln: 1: Paul Farman, 2: Bradley Wood, 5: Luke Waterfall, 25: Sean Raggett, 3: Sam Habergham, 28: Nathan Arnold {Replaced by 7: Jack Muldoon 90 +3}, 30: Alex Wodyard, 8: Alan Power, 11: Terry Hawkridge {Replaced by 27: Jamie McCombe 90 +5}, 31: Theo Robinson {Replaced by 10: Adam Marriott 80}, 9: Matt Rhead. {Manager: Danny Cowley} 

Fifth Round: Saturday February 18th 2017

Attendance: 19,185

Scorers Sean Raggett {89}

Ranked at the time:10 

Team: 1:Paul Farman, 2:Bradley Wood, 5:Luke Waterfall, 25:Sean Raggett, 3:Sam Habergham, 28:Nathan Arnold, 8:Alan Power, 30:Alex Woodyard, 11:Terry Hawkridge {Replaced by 38:Joe Ward 81}, 9:Matt Rhead {Replaced by 27: Jamie McComb 90+1}, 7:Jack Muldoon {Replaced by 31:Dayle Southwell 64} 

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