Posted by Barrie on Friday, 3 April 2009

Where have all these Luton Town fans come from?

This Sunday, April 5th, League one side Scunthorpe United will be taking on League two opposition Luton Town in the Johnstone's Paint trophy final at Wembley.

A trophy that next-to-no football fans have any interest in, unless you're in the final of course. It's a trophy that helped Paul Ince's career when he won it at Milton Keynes Dons last season, before securing the League two title before an unsuccessful time in charge of Blackburn Rovers. It's a trophy contested between teams in the two lower league tiers of English football for a rare opportunity to go to Wembley.

Luton Town have set a Wembley record for selling the most tickets for any one club side playing here. Nearly 40,000 infact. Why haven't the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea done that? Solely because they haven't been allocated that many! But how have Luton sold so many?

A town full of "football fans" who predominantly support Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, with Luton being their "second team"... only when they are winning. Of these near-40,000 fans that are going to Wembley in the Luton end, it will be interesting to see how many are in possession of their football shirt, and how many supporters are wearing a shirt of a team from the top 4 in the Premier League. It wouldn't surprise me to see more Manchester United shirt's than Luton Town ones on Sunday. How many are travelling up to Lincoln the following weekend? This team was averaging a mere 9,000 fans in the Championship when they finished 10th in 2006, and talks of a new stadium were taking place for the 50th time. They could have done with this support back in 2006, 07 and 08 and perhaps not let their local team implode. It must be said they did take good numbers for their away games that season. Although make a noise, they did not.

3 years on and they are on the brink of relegation from the football league! How has this club diminished so badly? Money has ultimately been the main reason. As well as being a small club, and having key players like Steve Howard and Kevin Nicholls stolen by clubs in the same division hurt them, and it was Steve Howard's new club Derby County that sent them down from the Championship that season, the same season manager Mike Newell made the news for criticising football agents and female referee's. The start of a 3 year ruin for this small club. Last season Luton made it two relegations in a row as they finished 17 points adrift of safety in League one. Now on course for a humiliating 3 relegations in a row, their 6,000 fans are hoping Wembley can bring them some joy, alongwith the other 34,000 fans-for-the-day...

Good luck to the Hatters on Sunday!

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At 3 April 2009 at 19:54 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'MON U HATTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 4 April 2009 at 00:01 , Anonymous dick said...

We av 400000 fans goin 2 wemberly. u jus jelous

At 5 April 2009 at 10:55 , Anonymous craig said...

alongwith the other 34,000 fans-for-the-day...

part time fans. spot on. they wont be there in the conference next year

At 13 April 2009 at 19:13 , Anonymous Jalal said...

Division 1 - Conference in 3 years. Well done


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