Popular Portsmouth defender Sean Raggett gets Royal seal of approval for his FA Cup heroics for Lincoln against Burnley

Sean Raggett has emerged as a firm fans’ favourite in recent seasons – now the Pompey defender has been granted a Royal seal of approval as well.

By Mark McMahon
Tuesday, 1st March 2022, 12:41 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st March 2022, 12:42 pm

That’s because the 28-year-old centre-back’s 2017 FA Cup heroics for former club Lincoln have been recognised in the form of a postage stamp.

Yes, you read that correctly – the no-nonsense Blues defender could soon be appearing on letters through your door from March 8!

The Royal Mail has this week revealed it’s latest collection which marks the150th anniversary of the first FA Cup.

And included is Raggett’s celebration after his 89th-minute header for the Imps against Premier League Burnley.

That saw Danny Cowley’s then side become the first non-league team in 103 years to reach the famous competition’s quarter-final stage.

It also sparked jubilant scenes among Lincoln's 3,210 travelling support as they celebrated their club reaching the quarter-finals for the first time in their 133-year history.

Sean Raggett heads home Lincoln's winner against Burnley in 2017. Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

The exact image used was taken by club photographer Chris Vaughan, who confessed to ‘a surreal morning’ discovering his image of Raggett & Co celebrating was being used in the Royal Mail’s FA Cup presentation pack.

The Blues defender responded, via Twitter, by saying: ‘Crazy mate’ alongside an exploding head emoji as he too took shock of the significance of the gesture.

Also included is Keith Houchen’s famous diving header for Coventry against Spurs in the 1987 Cup final and Arsenal duo Charlie George and Frank McLintock holding aloft the trophy after the Gunners’ 2-1 win against Liverpool in 1971.