Mad As A Hatter

Just two and a half years ago, Luton Town were playing for a place in the Premier League. Just outside the play-off places and having given Liverpool an almighty scare in the FA Cup, it looked as if a bright future might just be within their grasp. What has happened since then has been well documented elsewhere (suffice to say that this success was built upon a house of cards), but it culminated this week in the club, which has already been relegated into League Two having been docked ten points last year for going into administration, being docked another ten points for the financial irregularities that were in no small part to blame for them being in the predicament in which they ended up. If that isn’t bad enough, they could yet be docked a further fifteen points if they fail to exit administration before the start of next season. Such a points deduction would be almost unprecedented in the entire history of English football (only Port Vale, who were temporarily expelled by the Football League in 1968 over financial irregularities, and Leeds City, who were permanently expelled in 1919 for the same offence, come close), and would almost certainly mean the end of league football in the county of Bedfordshire. At this point, I do have to declare an interest. At school in neighbouring Hertfordshire in the...

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