Currently leading the way in the National League, Lincoln began their remarkable FA Cup run back in October with an uneventful 0-0 draw at home to Guiseley. After a narrow 2-1 victory in the replay, the Imps began racking up the wins, knocking out the likes of Altrincham and League One strugglers Oldham Athletic, before overcoming Championship club Ipswich Town in round three. A convincing 3-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in round four followed, as the team managed by family duo Danny and Nicky Cowley caught the attention of the footballing world by reaching the fifth round for the first time in 115 years.
This famous run of results saw Ladbrokes drop their price on the non-league club lifting the trophy from 1,500/1 to 400/1 ahead of the fifth round. Prior to kick off, a full 80 places separated Burnley and Lincoln, and many could have been forgiven for thinking this was to be the end of the road for the plucky side from Sincil Bank. However, buoyed by the support of around 3,000 traveling fans, the Lincolnshire team frustrated their hosts for long periods of the game, before netting a late winner to become only the second non-league side in history to knock out Premier League opposition.
Following the historic win, the collective attention of the nation turned to Sunday night’s quarter final draw, where City’s hard work was rewarded with a potential trip to the Emirates to face Premier League giants Arsenal. Thrilled by the prospect of taking on the 12-time winners, supporters gathered at the club’s ground could be heard charting “Arsene Wenger, we’re coming for you,” as the magic of this famous competition continued to cast its spell. An unlikely scenario, but just three games stand between the 100/1 shots and eternal glory. Could Lincoln City really achieve the Imp-possible dream?