Lincoln City-The little giant from Lincolnshire

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One of the cinderella stories of 2017 is Lincoln City and they achieved something which for a long time wasn’t achievable and that was that in this year’s edition of the FA Cup they were the first non-league side in a century to make it to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup which is an amazing achievement itself.The Imps currently lead the National League which is the 5th tier of English football and they are on their way to return to the EFL Two which they last time played in the 2010-11 season which marked the season when they were relegated to the National League which they have been playing in for the last six seasons.Founded in 1884,the Imps never played in the highest division in English football which is today known as the Premier League and mostly they lived in the shadow of Scunthorpe United which was in football terms the most successfull club in Lincolnshire, a county located in East Midlands besides like the Imps they never played in the Premier League but produced players like Kevin Keegan,Ray Clemence,Neil Warnock,Gary Hooper and countless others.The Imps recorded their highest position in the 1901-02 season when they played in the Second Division and finished 5th which was their best result ever,however the club owns a lot of records.They hold the record for most seasons in the EFL,a record of 104 seasons without reaching the top tier and the number of relegations from the EFL which stands at 5,also that is the same number they have reached the promotion playoffs of EFL Two where they have lost twice-in 2003 and 2005,while semifinals 3 times and that is a record as well.Also worthy to mention is that they reached the round of 16 of the FA Cup 3 times,but this year they made it to the match beyond for non-league sides when they defeated Burnley in order to book a place on the quarterfinals where they lost to Arsenal 5-0 which brought some peace to the Gunners since they are 5th in the Premier League,but for the Imps the defeat didn’t matter since they wrote with the victory over Burnley a piece of history in the FA Cup as the first non-league side since 1914 to make it to the quarterfinals of the competition.Led by 38 year-old Danny Cowley the Imps defeated Guisley,Altrincham,Oldham Athletic,Ipswich Town in the replay and Premier League promotion favorites Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1 and then came the shocking victory in the final seconds against Burnley where defender Sean Ragget sent the Imps into the historical quarterfinals where the cinderella story ended.

However Danny Cowley’s men are on track to return to the EFL Two which were absent for six seasons,currently they lead the National League with 72 points and in the last 6 matches they collected 14 out of 18 points and are unbeatable for the last two months.But it wasn’t always like that during the current season,after achieving a mediocre 13th place last season Chris Moyses decided to quit for personal reasons and Danny Cowley was brought to the Imps and they had a fantastic start where they collected in their first nine matches 21 out of 27 points,but then came a turbolent September and October where they collected only 18 out of 27 points,but late in autumn and winter the Imps made a run which shot them into the first place of the National League and a position to return to the EFL Two for the first time in six seasons.Besides automatic promotion to EFL Two being the main goal of Danny Cowley’s men there is the FA Trophy semifinal against York City which is again a historical achievement since the Imps have never made it so far in the competiton founded in 1969 and which are for clubs in the National League system and the Imps are in play for FA Trophy which they could win this season.With Danny Cowley hired last summer on the bench which put together a pretty good squad the little giant from Lincolnshire are on the way this season for more glory and history making moments.

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