February 18th 2017. Lincoln City fans will remember this day for the rest of their lives.
A non-league side from Lincolnshire has made it to the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup after beating Burnley 1-0.
The fans dared to dream, they took on a Premier League side and beat them. The team played better, were in form but most importantly they all believed.
They believed in the manager Danny Cowley. They believed in their staff. The players believed in each other. And now the entire footballing world, believes.
Something like this would only be possible in the realms of a video game with the difficultly turned down to beginner, outside of what was possible. But this is not a video game, this is real life.
For the first time since 1914, a non-league side has made it to the Quarter Finals of the tournament.
The club has gone from surviving administration and being the ultimate underdogs in professional football today, if not the whole of professional sports. The Imps dream continues.
The match was not excluded from controversy with Burnley midfielder, Joey Barton receiving a yellow card for his actions on the pitch including a physical exchange with Lincoln City’s Terry Hawkridge leading to a yellow card for Barton.
The game was looking to be a stalemate, until the game’s fairytale ending came at the 89th minute with a header from Sean Raggett in the dying moments to secure Lincoln’s historic victory.
The next draw for the FA Cup is on Sunday at 6:30PM with the Quarter Finals playing between Friday 10th March and Monday 13th March.