As the Imps prepare to face AFC Wimbledon in the 2017-18 FA Cup first round, their manager reflects on last season’s extraordinary run and why his players still have to retrieve balls from nettles in people’s gardens
On Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after Lincoln City’s FA Cup first-round tie at AFC Wimbledon, manager Danny Cowley will be back on the touchline, this time as assistant coach of Baddow Spartak U10 girls.
“I’m assistant coach, I’m not manager, I’m not even assistant manager! I’m a balls, bibs and cones man. It’s great,” says the 39‑year‑old, who masterminded Lincoln’s extraordinary run to an FA Cup quarter‑final against Arsenal last season.