Just like my beloved Charlton, Francey and Mutley’s beloved Brighton & Hove Albion exited the N&R Road to Wembley as quick as they arrived.
Brighton were subject to one of the many shocks of the FA Cup 4th Round losing to National League leaders Lincoln City 3-1.
Lincoln City reached the last 16 of the FA Cup for the first time in 115 years with a superb victory over Championship leaders Brighton at Sincil Bank in front of a sell-out crowd of 9,469
Brighton went in front through Richie Towell but the National League leaders mounted a superb second-half recovery.
ALAN POWER’S penalty began the fightback before FIKAYO TOMORI put the ball past his own goalkeeper.
The highly rated THEO ROBINSON, who scored twice at Ipswich in the third round, added the third on the break.
The result sees Brighton eliminated from the FA Cup by non-league opposition for the first time since 1998, when they lost to Hereford United.
Lincoln’s achievement in beating a team 72 places above them in the football pyramid puts them into the last 16 of the competition for the fourth time, after previously achieving the feat in 1887, 1890 and most recently in 1902.
The last time they reached what was termed as the “fifth round” was actually 1887, before changes to the format resulted in the last-16 stage being categorised as an earlier round.
Lincoln manager Danny Cowley, speaking to BBC Sport: “You always go into games thinking you have a chance. The boys were organised and motivated. I’m surprised. It’s not often football surprises me, but today…”
Lincoln City play away at Premier League Burnley in the 5th Round.
Meanwhile like fellow promotion chasers Newcastle, the Seagulls can concentrate on the league.