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Luton – The Virtues Of Staying To The Bitter End

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When it comes to late, game-deciding goals, it has been one hell of a week, I’ll explain.

Last Saturday, we watched on in awe as Kal Naismith crashed home a 97th minute winner to give Luton Town an exciting 3-2 victory over Bournemouth.

On Wednesday evening, in the Premier League, in the 95th and 97th minutes Steven Bergwijn, on as a 79th minute substitute rescued three points for Tottenham after they had been trailing Leicester City (a) 2-1.

The raft of late goals reminded me of the golden era under Harry ‘Happy’ Haslam in the 1974/1975 season.

As a teenager I had taken on an evening paper round and had used the proceeds to buy myself my first Hatters season ticket.

Every home game, I used to stand, with a close schoolmate right next to the dug-out, exchanging chat with a lady called Jenny who was the sister of our full-back, Bobby Thomson.

Sadly, due to my paper-round, I had to leave the ground, on Saturday’s, at around 16:30 to deliver the latest edition of the Evening Post.

Jogging home, along Leagrave Road, I can remember listening out for the cheers as the last ten minutes of the game was played, a loud cheer meant a home goal whilst a not so loud cheer meant we had conceded.

I was caught in a catch 22 situation; I needed the money the paper round generated to feed my football habit.

Recalling those days, I wonder how many Luton and Tottenham fans, on the respective fixtures mentioned, had left the ground early to make their way home?

Nowadays, I wait until the last shrill blow of the whistle before even contemplating leaving.

Is that something you do, or can you also recall having to leave early, for one reason or another, and missing a key part of the action?

Please feel free to have your say in the comment facility beneath this article.

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4 comments

  • jimbo says:

    was the evening post opposite were matalan is now. who was the reporter who penned the football columns. great old newspaper.COYH

    • Mad Hatter says:

      That was The Luton News, the Evening Post was printed in Hemel Hempstead, the name Roger Duckworth springs to mind and Brian Swain for some reason

  • Alan says:

    Think Roger was the post and Brian was the luton news….

  • Ray says:

    I remember a cup game vs Sheffield Wednesday late 1984. 3of us went up, awful night pouring rain. 10 minutes to go & 4 nil down so decided to leave. Long way back to Luton.

    Switched radio on back in the car & we had scored 2 goals.so we missed the best action! I never leave until the whistle blows.

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