Lincoln have become the first non-league side to reach the FA Cup quarter-final since 1914
Heroes all over the park as Lincoln City made history as the first non-league team to reach the last eight for 103 years!
And none bigger than centre back Sean Raggett who will always remember the stoppage time goal that floored Premier League Burnley and kept the Imps’ glorious run going.
There was an agonising wait before the goal was confirmed after England keeper Tom Heaton had clawed the big man’s header from behind the line.
Raggett confessed: “I looked over and didn’t think he’d given it and was about to run back to get into position."
Assistant manager Nicky Cowley, who shares the dugout and workload with his brother Danny, admitted: “Thank God for goalline technology – we don’t have it in our league and were waiting for the referee to point to the centre circle!”
Danny beamed: “It was an unbelievable feeling to win, we knew it was going to be a one in a hundred chance.
Sean Raggett scored with just minutes left on the clock to send Lincoln fans into delirium
“To score with a set piece which we worked on was incredible, we spend a lot of time rehearsing them in the freezing cold.”
Match-winner Raggett added: “This is unheard of in modern day football – it’s crazy, unbelievable. It’s an unbelievable feeling, it hasn’t really sunk in yet.”
But there was no bubbly flowing as the victorious squad had their own imposed alcohol ban and won’t be turning up for training with sore heads after their latest giant-killing.
There was a crate of beers in the dressing room – but it was left untouched as the players skipped back to the team bus.
Striker Matthew Rhead revealed: “There was a lot of water flying around in the dressing room but no champagne.
“We haven’t won anything yet, there’s no point in celebrating.
Danny Cowley was delighted for his players
“It’s a great day for our fans and the club because we’ve got to the quarter finals but we want a medal at the end of the year.”
The National League leaders will be back in training on Monday – and ready to take another three points on their march towards automatic promotion to Division Four.
Said Danny Cowley: “We can’t get carried away, we’ve got to keep our feet on the floor and have to use moments like this to inspire us to keep working hard and get ready to play North Ferriby United on Tuesday night.
“Two or three players were saying that while they were celebrating at the end of the game and we have to think of our next game.”
The priceless stoppage time goal – which will give another boost to City’s bank balance, which has already benefitted to the tune of £1 million from their cup run, again – came from a well-rehearsed setpiece the squad call Running Box.
Sam Habergham delivered the corner perfectly to find unmarked skipper Luke Waterfall who headed back across the box where Raggett, only a yard or two out, got there first.
Beaten Burnley boss Sean Dyche had no complaints about the shock result.
“We have, unfortunately, played a part of the fairytale and we didn’t want to do that, quite obviously,” he said.
“We were favourites, it’s a different mindset and I didn’t think we dealt with that well once the whistle goes.
“All credit to them, they stuck to what they do, knock it up to the big man, they found a way to win.”
It was only Lincoln’s second chance. Jack Muldoon had sidefooted wide in the fifth minute after tricky, speedy winger Nathan Arnold had bamboozled full back Jon Flanagan.
The Imps certainly weren’t in awe of the Premier League rivals and both burly Rhead and Alan Power put themselves about early on.
Rhead flattened Joey Barton and then Power, who knocked about in Dublin with Conor McGregor and played alongside him in a Sunday League side, was booked but a crunching tackle on Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
It was the sort of move that McGregor might get away with in the UFC, but one that ended the Icelandic international’s afternoon.
Barton often seemed intent on getting revenge and was at the heart of several ugly clashes before he was finally yellow carded in a clash with both Rhead and Terry Hawkridge that almost boiled over into a mass brawl.
But the Clarets created few clear cut chances and when they did they fired only blanks.
Andre Gray, Barton and Scott Arfield all had opportunities but could never find the finish to spare the Premier League side from going out to a team 81 places below them!
BURNLEY: Heaton 6; Darikwa 6, Keane 7, Tarkowski 6, Flanagan 5; Arfield 7, Barton 6, Westwood 6, Gudmundsson 6 (Boyd (20th) 6); Vokes 6 (Barnes (73rd) 6), Gray 6.
LINCOLN: Farman 10; Wood 10, Waterfall 10, Raggett 10, Habergham 10; Arnold 10, Woodyard 10, Power 10, Hawkridge 10 (Ward (81st)); Rhead 10 (McCombe (90th)), Muldoon 10 (Southwell (64th) 10).
Star Man: Every man, jack of them. Every name will go down in soccer history for the biggest FA Cup upset of all.