This weekend is one of the most eagerly awaited of the football calendar, it is time for the 3rd round of the best domestic cup competition in the world, the FA Cup.
The Hatters may have only drawn a comparative minnow, in the shape of Harrogate Town, but a win could lead to greater things and, possibly, a tie against one of the elite in the next round.
Sadly, with tickets still for sale, it doesn’t look as if it is going to be a sell-out, although I’d imagine that a fair-sized contingent will be journeying down from Yorkshire.
Which is a shame really because tomorrow, just before kick-off, a Luton legend will emerge from the Maple Road Stand tunnel, to be given a rapturous greeting.
The legend that is Mick Harford has been absent for the past few months as he took on, probably, the biggest battle of his life, prostate cancer.
Harford, as confirmed by The BBC, will be back on the bench, although he readily admits, his fight against this dreadful disease is far from over, with Mick quoted by our referenced source as having remarked:
“I still have to carry on with my appointments at the hospital, but it’s great to come back into such a positive, bubbly environment. It makes me feel a lot better, and I feel really positive about moving forward.
“Sunday is the third round of the FA Cup, which is big in my heart, so obviously I’m looking forward to the challenge as we move into a busy second half of the season. It takes your mind off things and you can get stuck into your work here. I can just be focused on the football.
“The support I’ve had from supporters, the club, the board, the management, staff and players has been unbelievable, and really helped me through. I can’t thank them enough.”
I’ve no doubt that, despite his tough exterior, it will be an emotional Mick Harford as he strolls across the Kenilworth Road pitch to his familiar spot on the bench.
Let’s all give him the rapturous welcome he deserves.
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