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Lincoln City fan says club are 'back where they belong'

It's been an incredible season for Lincoln City with an incredible run in the FA cup and winning a promotion to the football league.

Tonight the fans, players and club officials will be enjoying a bus parade through the city.

One fan told us "It's going to feel great like it has all season, I've enjoyed every minute of it."

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Spotted! Lincoln City open-top bus travelling to stadium

Our Sports Correspondent Steve Clamp has spotted the Lincoln City open-top bus on its way to Sincil Bank.

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of Lincoln later to celebrate the clubs National League title win.

The Imps will leave the stadium at 6.30pm on board and make their way through the city to mark the club's success this season.

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In Pictures: Lincoln City celebrate return to Football League

Lincoln City are celebrating after their 2-1 win against Macclesfield and promotion back to the Football League.

Celebrations on the pitch Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images
Lincoln City players with the cup Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images
Lincoln City players cheering with fans Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images
Lincoln City's Terry Hawkridge celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images
Applause from Manager Danny Cowley after the game Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images
Lincoln City's Elliott Whitehouse (right) and Macclesfield Town's Luke Summerfield battle for the ball Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images
Lincoln City supporters invade the pitch after the match Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images

Lincoln City promoted to English Football League

Lincoln City's Danny (left) and Nicky Cowley gesture on the touchline against Macclesfield Town Credit: PA

Lincoln City have been promoted back into the English Football League after six-years of absence.

Bradley Wood and Terry Hawkridge both returned to the City starting line-up for the final home game of the season against Macclesfield Town at Sincil Bank.

Lincoln City will now play in League Two after Terry Hawkridge scored the winning goal in the 76th minute. Lincoln won 2-1 against the Silkmen.

The victory has secured them the 2016/17 Vanarama National League title.

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Talks underway for possible civic ceremony to mark achievements of Lincoln City

The whole city is incredibly proud of our football club’s achievements in the FA Cup this season, and we strongly believe that this deserves to be recognised.

The positive effect this success has had across the city has been fantastic.

It has also put Lincoln in the national spotlight for visitors and investors and helped generate a huge amount of pride in the city.

I’m sure this will continue until the end of the season and everyone will get behind the Imps as they try to win the league and FA Trophy.

We are speaking with the football club this week to agree arrangements for a civic event at the end of the season and we will share full details of this when they are finalised.

– City of Lincoln Council spokesman

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Lincoln City prepare for second attempt at reaching a Wembley final following FA Cup exit

Lincoln City are due to get their second chance at reaching a Wembley final when they play York City tonight.

The Imps will take to the field for the game in what will be their first appearance since their FA Cup quarter final defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.

Danny Cowley's men will take on York at Bootham Crescent in the FA Trophy semi final first leg later.

The manager actually visited Wembley after the Arsenal game and hopes it will inspire his team to overcome the Minstermen.

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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.

Lincoln City draw York City in FA Trophy semifinal

Lincoln City fans Credit: PA

Lincoln City have drawn York City as their opponents in the FA Trophy semi-finals.

Earlier this month, the Imps also made it through to the FA Cup quarter final, the first time a non-league club had progressed to the last eight since 1914. They'll face Arsenal next month.

Lincoln City to face Sutton Utd or Arsenal in FA Cup

Lincoln City will face Sutton Utd or Arsenal in the quarter finals of the FA Cup.

Hundreds gathered to watch the draw live, and when fans saw that the game would be away - possibly at Premier League giants Arsenal, there was a huge cheer.

Lincoln are the first team in over 100 years to reach the FA Cup quarter final, but their historic achievement could be equalled if Sutton Utd beat Arsenal.

Full FA Cup quarter final draw:

  • Chelsea v Manchester Utd
  • Middlesbrough v Huddersfield Town or Manchester City
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Millwall
  • Sutton Utd or Arsenal v Lincoln City

The ties will be played between 10 and 13 March.

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