FA Cup – Amazing scenes as ITV film at YJA school

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There were amazing scenes today as an ITV film crew descended on Heighington Millfield Primary Academy to capture the atmosphere on the eve of Lincoln City Football Club’s greatest day in its history.

Tomorrow teatime the Lincoln Imps will be playing at the Emirates Stadium against the mighty Arsenal in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup! This is an astounding achievement for a non-league minnow like Lincoln and has, not surprisingly, prompted cup fever across the city.

Their victory over Burnley saw the fifth-tier club become the first non-league team in 103 years to reach the last eight.

YJA Co-editor, Bill Thompson recalls the last time Lincoln enjoyed the limelight:

“It was back in 2005, I was a community journalist working for BBC Lincolnshire and the Imps were at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium for the League Two Play-Off Final against Southend,” Bill reflects.

“It was a big encounter, which Lincoln lost 0-2, but it was nothing compared to Saturday’s game against Arsenal.”

YJA’s Will wrote about Lincoln’s cup exploits in his recent article and ITV, eager for an Imps-based story, spotted it after they googled the internet!

Listen to ITV’s Ben Chapman explain how he and his crew ended up at Heighington:



And this is what it’s like before you go live on national TV:


The school has been a sea of red and white today:



5 Responses to FA Cup – Amazing scenes as ITV film at YJA school

  1. Sue Miller March 10, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Woohoo! Go Millfield! I am so proud of you! Brilliant article too Will

  2. admin March 10, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    This is fantastic! Well done Heighington Millfield Primary Academy a great scoop, what an experience for everyone and so good to see YJA teaming up with ITV to report on the story. Look forward to hearing about ITV’s visit on Monday after Lincoln win…maybe

    YJA Co-editor

  3. admin March 10, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Felt very proud when watching the main ITV news tonight.


    YJA Co-editor

  4. admin March 10, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    From ITV’s Ben Chapman commenting on Will’s article:

    “……. great interviewing you for the news today. You’ve got a great future ahead of you – keep up the good work. And Up the Mighty Imps!

  5. Wendy Day March 14, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    What an amazing experience for you all, so pleasing to see your enjoyment.
    Well done.