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Triumphs, tragedy and a new tot

Lincoln's FA Cup hero reveals how the death of his mother and the birth of a daughter have spurred him on to success.

Mansfield born Nathan Arnold, 29, who scored the winning goal in Lincoln's third round replay win over Ipswich, is looking forward to walking out in front of 60,000 fans at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on Saturday as Lincoln City become the first non-league team to play in an FA Cup quarter final for 103 years.

As the dad of two strides onto the pitch, his thoughts will turn to his beloved football-mad mum Paula, who died aged just 50 in September 2015.

But there to cheer him on will be partner Jennifer Green, mother to 12-week-old Alba, whose short life has coincided with Lincoln's remarkable run in the world's oldest cup competition.

Back to the factory ..... for Imps' striker Matt Rhead

As Lincoln City gears up for its historic FA Cup quarter final with Arsenal on Saturday, Mark Gough meets one of the players instrumental in the Imps' incredible run.

Thirty-two-year-old striker Matt Rhead only turned professional five years ago after leaving his job making diggers for JCB. And back at the workplace, his former colleagues could not be prouder.

The Scunthorpe boys at the top of their games

There was arguably little between Jack Muldoon and Jake Quickenden as young teenagers with Scunthorpe United's Football Academy.

But it was Jack who went on to make his name in the world of soccer - whilst best friend Jake rose to fame as a singer, on shows like I'm a Celebrity Get Me out of Here and the X Factor.

This weekend it is Jack's turn to perform - on one of football's biggest stages - in what is one of the biggest game in Lincoln City's history.

As Calendar looks at the men on and off the pitch who will try to upset the odds and beat Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter finals this weekend, Chris Dawkes meets Jack and Jake.


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