FA Cup Fifth Round Weekend: Luton Town Return To Focussing On The League

The FA Cup, then, will reach one hundred straight years without a non-league club reaching its quarter-finals. It was in 1914 that Queens Park Rangers, then of the Southern League, made it that far before losing by two goals to one against Liverpool at Anfield. Much has changed since then, but there was a feeling in the air that perhaps, just perhaps, Luton Town, who had already beaten Championship and Premier League opponents in this year’s competition in the form of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Norwich City, could equal them. This afternoon at Kenilworth Road, however, Millwall were too strong, too economical and too professional for them, and it is the club from the Football League Championship that has filled the first place in this year’s FA Cup quarter-final draw. Since the draw was made, of course, much has been made of the 1985 FA Cup quarter-final match between the two sides that ended in a pitched battle between the police in front of the television cameras of the BBC and resulted in the much-hated – and eventually rejected, apart from at Luton, where the club’s Tory MP owner introduced it anyway – proposal of ID card membership scheme for supporters. Never mind the fact that the two clubs had played each other fourteen times since then without any significant incidents occurring. The world, if you believed some columnists, was...

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