Sports: ‘It’s spooky’ – Nicky Cowley on Lincoln City being paired with Everton in the Carabao Cup

Sports: ‘It’s spooky’ – Nicky Cowley on Lincoln City being paired with Everton in the Carabao Cup

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Nicky Cowley admitted drawing Everton for the second time this year was a “spooky coincidence” after Lincoln City were paired with the Merseyside giants in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

The Imps and the Toffees have a number of links.

The clubs formed an unofficial alliance during the 2001/02 season. While that link-up quickly faded as a result of both managers, Alan Buckley and Walter Smith, leaving their jobs soon after it was forged, it did alert Clive Nates, a boyhood Everton fan, to Lincoln.

He would, of course, later invest in the Imps, joining the board and then becoming chairman.

Imps chairman Clive Nates and vice-chairman Roger Bates
Imps chairman Clive Nates and vice-chairman Roger Bates at Everton last season
(Image: Getty Images)

In a dream tie for Nates, the sides were drawn together in the third round of last season’s FA Cup, with Marco Silva’s side edging through 2-1 at Goodison Park.

And they will meet again in the Carabao Cup later this month as the 13 Premier League clubs not involved in European competition enter the fray.

Conveniently, South Africa-based Nates had already planned to be in the UK at the time of the game, which will take place in the week commencing August 26.

Speaking after the Imps’ impressive first round victory at Huddersfield Town, assistant manager Nicky said: “It’s an interesting one after drawing them away in the FA Cup last season.

“We’ve got a really good relationship with them. They were fantastic with us last season and we look forward to welcoming them to Sincil Bank.

“It’s been a pretty crazy time for Clive. This is another chapter we’re writing for him. It’s a spooky coincidence.”

The Imps pushed the Toffees all the way in January, pulling a goal back through Michael Bostwick after early strikes from Ademola Lookman and Bernard.

“On that day last season, we showed what a fantastic club we are too, particularly our magnificent supporters,” added Nicky.

“And the Everton fans congratulated us on our performance after the game, so we’ll look forward to that tie in the future.

“But we also need to focus on the immediate, which is Southend at home this weekend.”

 



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