Thursday 23 November 2017

Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley received a massive kiss from one fan and a crown from another after winning promotion

By Max McLean

Automatic promotion to the Football League, sealed with a kiss.

If you wanted to know what promotion back to the Football League looks like, look no further than this clip from immediately after Lincoln City beat Macclesfield 2-1 to seal the National League title.

That’s automatic promotion, sealed with a kiss.

The Imps needed three points to secure promotion back to League Two, and managed it after having gone 1-0 down, with two goals from Terry Hawkridge completing the comeback.

City have enjoyed a stellar season, becoming the first non-league side in 103 years to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals, where they were knocked out by Premier League side Arsenal.

Since then they have played 12 games in six weeks – a 1-1 draw against Sutton United looked to have halted the Imps’ momentum in March, but the midlands side went on to win seven in a row, winning the league with two games to spare.

Only one team wins automatic promotion in the National League, with four others going through to a play-off.

That’s something Lincoln won’t have to deal with this year.

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