Hatters Off

There is almost certainly a book to be written about the recent travails of Luton Town, which took yet another turn for the strange when they held Liverpool to a draw in the FA Cup Third Round on Sunday afternoon. Luton, once most famous as being the team that occasionally found their name being mentioned on national television thanks to the patronage of Eric Morecambe and more lately became one of the more hated clubs in the league, thanks to the ill-starred membership scheme introduced by Tory MP and Thatcherite David Evans in the 1980s, have had an eventful time of it over the last few weeks or so, but their biggest concern at the moment is whether they will actually be able to field a team for their cup replay at Anfield next week. Those of us with long memories will remember when Luton were, for almost a full decade, mainstays in the top division of English football. Promoted alongside local rivals Watford in 1982, they were perennial strugglers against relegation in the old First Division, most famously in their first season there, when a late goal from Raddy Antic gave them a 1-0 win at Maine Road against Manchester City which sent City down and kept Luton up. They won the League Cup in 1988 and were runners-up in the same competition the following year, but missed...

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