No.38 - Fri 3rd April 2015; Football League Division Two;                                         3pm at the Prostate Cancer UK Stadium; Kenilworth Road; Luton; Beds; LU4 8AW 

 

Matchday images (34) https://picasaweb.google.com/footballgroundsinfocus/LutonTownFC

Luton Town (2) 2  Exeter City (0) 3

'Grecians plunder to seal spoils!'

'Once in a while I find it satisfying to tick off a professional league club ground on my travels. It makes a welcome change and adds a bit of interest during a long season. Today itís a trip down memory lane as we head west into Bedfordshire for the Sky Bet Football League Division Two fixture between Luton Town and Exeter City. 

Incredibly it's over thirty years ago since I last watched the Hatters play at Kenilworth Road. On that day (02/02/85) the club drew 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur in a Football League Division One (top division) encounter. The point maintained Spurs second place behind leaders Everton whilst Luton sat in 21st place in the table above Stoke City. How time flies!

 

My re-visit has been on the drawing board for a long time after missing the opening five minutes of the previous trip. That's definitely a bit of delayed OCD! And it also gave me the 'hoppertunity to add some pictures to the album gallery a club that for some reason has not featured the club once since the site began over ten years ago!

 

Today a Good Friday crowd of 8,700 saw Luton throw away a two goal lead to a skilful Exeter side who came back to win the game 3-2. All three goals came in the second half with the winner being scored deep into stoppage time to stall the Hatters chances of reaching the play-offs. Indeed it signalled a dreadful run of results with the club having lost seven of their previous eight games following a promising start to the campaign. Most of the game was played in torrential rain throughout.

 

For travelling fans this has to be one of the most difficult places to find a parking space with little or no space at the town centre based ground or along the many adjoining streets where restrictions (apart from local residents permits) did not allow you to leave your car. Instead we decided upon advice to drive to the much safer British Rail multi-storey car park a couple of miles (or a 20 minute walk) out of town. By sheer coincidence we walked towards the ground with two local fans one of whom unbelievably used to live in Newmarket having been the landlord at the The Star, a village pub in Dalham located only a few miles from the town centre. Before picking up our tickets they led us to the bottom of Kenilworth Road for a photo opportunity next to the signpost of the well-known street. What a small world! 

 

Since first reading about the ground in Simon Inglisí fabled bible Football Grounds Of Great Britain (which I still refer to) I must admit I have a bit of a soft spot for the place. I have always loved the quirky old ground nestled amongst the sprawling rows of back to back terraced houses, some of the gardens of which almost touch the stands. It's hard to find an inch of spare space anywhere. Our wooden seats were not the most comfortable I have experienced in my football watching career but surely sitting with your knees in your ribs adds to the sense of occasion doesn't it? It was certainly an eye-opener being crammed in with the hordes of vociferous locals dressed in blue and orange sitting at the end of the main stand. A great day out and one that will stay in the memory for years to come no doubt'.     

FGIF Match Stats

  Scorers: (H) Guttridge (21), Cullen (45) and (A) Harley (51), Moore-Taylor (76), Wheeler (90+4)  

Attendance: 8755; Admission: £20; Programme: £3; Match rating: 4/5; Ground rating: 5/5.

Links

http://www.lutontown.co.uk/

http://www.football-league.co.uk/

edited on 04/04/15