Photography by Lynne Cameron

FA Cup 5th Round, February 18 2017

Burnley 0
Lincoln City 1
  • Raggett (89)

Burnley were 81 places ahead of Lincoln City in the football pyramid when the then-National League team visited Turf Moor for an FA Cup fifth-round fixture in February 2017. The management team of brothers Danny and Nicky Cowley had already led Lincoln to victories over League One Oldham Athletic, and Championship Ipswich and Brighton during that season’s competition, but Burnley had lost only three of their previous 29 at Turf Moor, where Liverpool were among those they had beaten.

Speaking exclusively to The Coaches’ Voice, the Cowley brothers revisit the approach that brought them victory, and the engrossing battle between Burnley’s Joey Barton and Lincoln’s Matt Rhead. It was in the 89th minute when a well-rehearsed set-piece was concluded by Sean Raggett’s header, beyond Tom Heaton. Lincoln therefore became the first non-league team since 1914 to reach the competition’s quarter finals.

Starting teams and formations

Danny Cowley

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Chris Powell

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Danny and Nicky Cowley

The connection

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