Football: Non-league Lincoln slay Burnley to make history

Above : Burnley midfielder Joey Barton clashes with Lincoln winger Terry Hawkridge at Turf Moor.
Above : Burnley midfielder Joey Barton clashes with Lincoln winger Terry Hawkridge at Turf Moor. PHOTOS: REUTERS
Above: Lincoln centre-back Sean Raggett celebrates his 89th-minute winner with his team-mates against a side 81 places higher up the English ladder.
Above: Lincoln centre-back Sean Raggett celebrates his 89th-minute winner with his team-mates against a side 81 places higher up the English ladder. PHOTOS: REUTERS

LONDON • Goalscorer Sean Raggett summed up as "mad and crazy" his side Lincoln becoming the first non-league team in over a century to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

They ousted Premier League side Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor yesterday.

The 23-year-old central defender - who headed home in the 89th minute - said he and his team-mates had always believed they were capable of adding Burnley to the scalps of second-tier duo Ipswich and Brighton.

"I'm lost for words, it's mad, I can't believe it," he told BT Sport.

"They're (Burnley) a top quality side, drew with Chelsea last week, it's amazing. Belief? Massively, we didn't come to draw, we came to win the game. Crazy, a non-league side in the quarter-finals in modern football, it's unheard of."

Lincoln are the first minor league club to reach the quarter-finals of the competition since Queen's Park Rangers in 1914. They joined a select list of minor league sides to knock out top-flight opposition in the world's oldest Cup competition.

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Among the biggest shocks were Luton Town's win over Norwich City in 2013, Sutton United's upset of Coventry City in 1989 and Hereford United's infamous defeat of Newcastle United in 1972.

Lincoln manager Danny Cowley - whose brother Nicky is his assistant - said the odds had worked in their favour.

"We said it was a one in a 100 chance and thankfully we got that opportunity," he told BT Sport.

"We work hard on our corners and our free kicks and we are mightily proud of the players," added Cowley, whose side are top of the National League and are on course for promotion into the English Football League.

Striker Matt Rhead, whose physical presence caused the Burnley defence problems throughout the match, said they had matched their opponents in every area.

"We went toe-to-toe with a Premier League team," said the 32-year-old, who has trawled the non-league arena throughout his career, taking in the likes of Norton United and Corby. "We are confident if we set up as we have today we can beat anyone."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 19, 2017, with the headline 'Non-league Lincoln slay Burnley to make history'. Print Edition | Subscribe