Danny & Nicky Cowley
Brothers Danny and Nicky Cowley were unveiled as the Club's new management team on Friday 13 May 2016 having led Braintree Town to a third-placed finish in the Vanarama National League only to miss out on a place in the Promotion Final at Wembley Stadium after losing to Grimsby Town in the semi-final.
A former player with Romford and Hornchurch, 39-year-old Danny cut his managerial teeth alongside Danny Scopes at Concord Rangers in 2007, leading the Essex outfit to the Essex Senior League title and promotion to the Ryman League Division 1 North plus a place in the last eight of the FA Vase. Having lost to Waltham Abbey on penalties in the play-offs the following season, a second promotion was ensured in 2010 when Concord defeated Enfield 3-1 in the end-of-season showdown. Concord consolidated in the Ryman Premier League for the next two years and at the end of the 2011/12 season, Danny Scopes stepped down leaving Danny Cowley in sole charge.
Concord's rapid rise under Danny's tutelage continued with another play-off success and promotion to Conference South in 2013. An Essex Senior Cup win also came Concord's way in 2013/14 and the following season they retained the trophy, reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup for the first time in their history and pulled off a stunning 6-2 win at Football League bound Barnet in the FA Trophy. Danny departed Concord for Braintree Town at the end of the 2014/15 season, as did his younger brother and assistant manager Nicky, who made 268 appearances for Concord as a player, the majority as club captain, before making the switch to a coaching role.
The Cowley brothers continued their impressive record at Braintree, leading the part-timers to a superb top three finish making them amongst the most sought-after young management team in the game.
Both Danny and Nicky joined Lincoln City on a full-time basis having previously combined their football management with jobs as Physical Education teachers at Fitzwimarc School in Rayleigh. And in their first season in full-time management, the Cowleys secured a return to the EFL for the Imps as they secured the National League title with a 2-1 win over Macclesfield Town in April.
The brothers also guided the Imps to the Quarter-Finals of the FA Cup having completed the scalps of Oldham, Brighton & Hove Albion and Premier League side Burnley, before the run came to an end at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal.
Last season saw the Cowleys guide Lincoln to cup success with a Wembley win in the EFL Checkatrade Trophy. Elliott Whitehouse scored the winner as the Imps beat Shrewsbury Town 1-0 on their first trip ever visit to Wembley Stadium before ending the season finishing 7th place in SkyBet League Two gaining a place in the end of season playoffs.