Hornchurch and Romford old boys produce massive FA Cup upset
PUBLISHED: 14:59 18 February 2017 | UPDATED: 07:44 19 February 2017
Burnley 0 Lincoln City 1
Former Hornchurch and Romford duo Danny and Nicky Cowley led Lincoln City to one of the biggest shocks in FA Cup history against Premier League side Burnley.
Manager Danny, with his brother and assistant Nicky, had already masterminded wins over Championship sides Ipswich and Brighton in the previous two rounds to earn a fifth-round trip to Turf Moor.
And a last-minute header from defender Sean Raggett made the Imps the first non-league club to reach the quarter-finals of the world’s most famous knockout comptition since 1914.
The Cowley brothers played alongside one another for Romford in 2004-05 – Danny making 27 appearances in a Boro shirt and Nicky 25 – and were then part of the Hornchurch squad that won the Essex Senior League title back in 2005-06, before moving on to Concord, Braintree and then Lincoln.
And they have led the Imps to the top of the National League table this season, ahead of Dagenham & Redbridge, while also producing a wonderful FA Cup run.
Danny, who is married to Havering Athletic Club’s Kate Cowley (nee Brewington), told BT Sport: “We said it was a one in a 100 chance and thankfully we got that opportunity.
“The last eight of the FA Cup sounds pretty good. We work hard on our corners and our free-kicks and we are mightily proud of the players.”
Nicky, who used to teach PE at Upminster’s Hall Mead School, added: “It is a fantastic day, just brilliant for the supporters, the players and their families.
“You have to believe and dream big, we had fantastic results against Oldham, Ipswich and Brighton, but coming to a Premier League ground was a new challenge and it is unbelievable.”