Arsenal end Lincoln City fairytale with 5-0 defeat

Arsenal have ended Lincoln City's dream of FA Cup success with a 5-0 win at the Emirates.

However, Lincoln still made history by becoming the first non-league team in 103 years to reach the last eight of the tournament.

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Win or lose ... fans still love the Imps

Lincoln City may have lost 5 - 0 to Arsenal in yesterday's historic FA Cup Quarter Final - but their fans still love them!

Thousands of them travelled to the capital and as they poured out of the Emirates Stadium, despite the result, they could not have been more proud.


In pictures: Lincoln City fans travel to London for FA cup match

Lincoln City fan Michael Belshaw before departing from Sincil Bank in Lincoln for the Emirates FA… Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images
Thousands of fans are travelling down to the Emirates FA cup match Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images
Showing off their tickets before boarding the coach at Sincil Bank Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images
Lincoln City fans boarding the coach Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images
Lincoln City fans ready to cheer on their team Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images
Lincoln City fan Andrea Marshall before departing for London from Sincil Bank, Lincoln. Credit: Lincoln City fan Andrea Marshall before departing for London from Sincil Bank, Lincoln.

Was Championship Manager the secret behind Cowley brothers' success?

The Cowley brothers have told Calendar how their obsession with the video game Championship Manager helped lay the groundwork for their success at the helm of Lincoln City.

Nicky and Danny Cowley even claim they might have made it to the top of the professional game already – if their parents hadn't insisted they stopped playing to do their homework.

Here's Chris Dawkes's report:


All eyes on the Imps

Lincoln City held their final press conference today ahead of their cup clash with Arsenal on Saturday.

Sincil Bank became the focus of international attention as foreign media descended to tell the story of the first non-league football club to make it to the FA Cup quarter finals since 1914

Chris Dawkes reports:

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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