Match Of The Week: Luton Town 3-2 Scunthorpe United

It is fifty years since Luton Town made their first appearance at Wembley, and twenty years since they lost the League Cup final. This weekend, however, in a show of defiance that must even have reddened the faces of the fusty old buffoons of the Football League and the Football Association, they took 40,000 supporters to Wembley for the final of the Football League Trophy and walked away with the cup. Luton, over the years, have found themselves much derided. Whilst local rivals Watford cultivated an image as a “family club”, Luton, under their now deceased chairman David Evans, became a byword for all that was wrong with football during the 1980s – the ID card scheme, the plastic pitch and the occasional bouts of hooliganism did their image damage which still hasn’t been completely rectified. This may have been part of the thinking behind the draconian points deduction that they received last summer, a deduction which has effectively become a death sentence on their ninety year stay in the Football League. They certainly received less sympathy than many others likely would have when the sentence was passed last summer. Never mind that those in charge of the club had been nothing to do with the trouble that the club had got itself into, many were (and indeed still are) happy to kick this club while it was down....

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