There was an outpouring of emotion at Sincil Bank last night as Lincoln City mustered a famous victory over Ipswich Town to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in over 40 years.
Of course, the night was tinged with sadness due to the death of Graham Taylor, who was in charge of Lincoln the last time they made it into the fourth round way back in 1976 – the same year he led them to the Fourth Division title.
And so, spurred on by the legacy of their former manager, The Imps plugged away to keep their Championship opponents at bay for 90 minutes before hitting them on the break to steal the win as the clock ticked over into injury time.
Lincoln forward Nathan Arnold was the man who kept his cool at the vital moment, rounding the onrushing Dean Gerken and rolling home the decisive (and only) goal of the game…
Speaking to the press, Lincoln manager Danny Cowley had some nice things to say about his most famous predecessor:
I don’t know if Graham would have been coming but wherever he would have been he’d have been supporting Lincoln City and I’m sure he’ll be looking down on us on.
For us we are really proud we’ve been able to be involved in a game that will give Graham Taylor the send-off he deserves.
Hear hear. We’re sure nothing would have enthused Mr Taylor more.