Lincoln City promoted to League One

Lincoln City became the first club in the EFL to be promoted this season after results elsewhere meant their 1-1 draw with Cheltenham was enough to secure third tier football at Sincil Bank for the first time in twenty years.

They now need one more win to guarantee them their first Football League divisional title since Graham Taylor led them to a record-breaking season in 1975/76.

The draw also meant the Imps broke a club record by going nineteen EFL games unbeaten in an outstanding season that has seen them top the League Two table for the majority of the campaign.

Jubilant scenes began in earnest amongst the sold-out crowd of 9,820 once the news was finally confirmed after a surreal delay at the final whistle while the permutations were frantically worked out.

In securing his second promotion with the Imps, Danny Cowley became only the third manager in the club’s one hundred and thirty-five-year history to win two promotions.

If they do secure the title, the forty-year-old will be the first Lincoln City manager to win three national titles following his National League and Checkatrade Trophy triumphs.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Cowley was immediately looking to the future, telling BBC Sport League One was a big step up for the club in terms of both finance and quality on the pitch but signalled his ambition by saying ‘ You’ve got to be in it to win it. We’re only one division away from the championship now’

Our View

The rise of Lincoln City under Danny Cowley and his brother Nicky has been nothing short of remarkable.

Promotion brings both opportunity and challenges, and it is abundantly clear the ambitious duo will not want to stand still in League One.

The challenge for the club will be to match that ambition and provide them with a competitive budget while maintaining the sustainable growth of the club.

It will be an exciting summer down at Sincil Bank as the brothers look to shape their squad for next season.

The quality of the recruitment and departures will be a clear signal of both the club’s and manager’s ambitions.

My prediction is don’t be surprised to see Lincoln mount a significant challenge for at least the playoffs next season.

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