Unsurprisingly City have been shortlisted for the FA Cup Giant-Killing award, specifically for our heroic 1-0 win at Burnley back in February.
The Imps are joined by Millwall, Sutton United and Stourbridge, who all recorded famous victories against teams from higher divisions. The voting is open to the public, with the winner announced ahead of this season’s cup final.
Of course as well as the game we have been nominated for we also bagged famous wins against Oldham (League One), Brighton and Ipswich (both Championship). It is probably the case that we could have been nominated at least twice more! However, our nomination comes courtesy of Sean Raggett’s 90th minute header which secured our 1-0 victory at Turf Moor. It was a match that saw us make history by becoming the first non-League team to make the Quarter-Final stage since 1914, and a match which will live long in my memory as one of those iconic away days. Maybe it’s worth writing about?
Sutton United also flew the flag for the National League, as they reached the Fifth Round for the first time. They beat Championship side Leeds United 1-0 at Gander Green Lane which gives them their place on the shortlist. It was Sutton who beat top-flight Coventry in 1989 in one of the most memorable acts of giant-killing I can recollect from my childhood.
Millwall of League One managed to beat three top flight teams to secure their place in both the Quarter-Finals and the nominations. It’s the 1-0 victory against champions Leicester City which was perhaps the pick of the bunch from their run. Despite that being a good result, I’m not sure it deserves to be grouped with the rest as a bona-fida giant-killing.
The final nominee is from Northern Premier League, and it’s Stourbridge. They won a commendable five matches to reach the Third Round for the first time, and their 1-0 victory against Northampton Town was an incredible achievement. The Cobblers were 89 places Stourbridge, and the win encapsulated what is great about the FA Cup.
I have massive respect for the other three sides nominated, and their achievements shouldn’t be forgotten, but there should only be one winner of this vote, Lincoln City. Our victory over Burnley had all the ingredients of one of the all-time greatest FA Cup shocks. Non-league sides rarely beat top-flight opposition, I think it’d been done twice since 1989 before we went to Turf Moor. Our victory broke that record for a non-league team being in the last eight, and we made headlines not just in England, not just in Europe but worldwide. The other three teams performed great feats in winning their matches, however our win and indeed our entire cup run was one that made history. If the voting goes any other way it will be a travesty.
So whether you’re an Imps fan or not, I think you know what to do. We have until midnight on Wednesday 10 May to vote, so get clicking on thefa.com/giantkilling and make sure that our superb win over Burnley takes the award. The winner will be announced ahead of this season’s Emirates FA Cup Final.
Photos by Graham Burrell