Lincoln City appointed manager Danny Cowley on May 13th 2o16, hoping to see the club climb out of the National League after five years stagnation.
Danny and his brother Nicky had been managing Braintree, a side they’d taken to the cusp of the Football League on a shoestring budget. They lost in the play-off semi-final to Lincoln’s county rivals Grimsby Town, prompting a move by the Imps for their services.
We're delighted to announce the appointment of Danny Cowley as our new First Team Manager. pic.twitter.com/XkUReNAe8x
— Lincoln City FC (@LincolnCity_FC) May 13, 2016
There were few Imps fans commenting on social media at the time, whereas a club tweet can get three or four times as much traction in the current climate. Such has been the impact of the former Concord Rangers boss.
The Cowleys have revolutionised the entire club from top to bottom, under the watchful eye of chairman Clive Nates and a business savvy board.
In his first twelve months at the helm he not only got them out of the National League at the first time of asking, but also got to within minutes of the FA Trophy final. There was also the small matter of an FA Cup quarter final, the furthest a non-league side had progressed in 115 years.
In their second season came more success, this time a play-off spot in their first campaign back in the Football League. For the second time in three years Danny failed to overcome a tough semi-final, losing to Exeter City over two legs.
The manager also took Lincoln to their first ever Wembley appearance, beating Shrewsbury in the EFL Trophy Final to give the Imps silverware in successive seasons for the first time in their history.
He’s now on for an historic treble, trophies three years on the bounce as the Imps sit on the cusp of promotion to League One.
It’s fair to say fans were happy to see the new man take the helm in May 2016, with one poster even predicting League One by 2018. He might only be a year out, however outlandish is sounded at the time.
@dancowley1 Great appointment very excited well done board and welcome Dan and the team UTI
— Andrew Hammond (@hammyimp) May 13, 2016
can't wait for league one in football in 2018 ????too soon?
— Anton Pearson (@AntonPearson91) May 13, 2016
nice one. Not suprised hes gone to a bigger club
— christopher holmes (@mrcrh11) May 13, 2016
@SteveBa99880334 great choice, very hard working honest lad!! Good luck ????????⚽️⚽️
— Ross Standen (@RossStanden01) May 13, 2016
congratulations on a great appointment
— Gary (@Newtoft_Imp) May 13, 2016
superb news. A huge pat on the back to the board for securing him!
— Ben Scott (@educbscott) May 13, 2016
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