Date: 28th January 2013 at 4:48pm
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Back on that eventful night, in 1985, when we played Millwall in the FA Cup and all-hell broke out, I was stood in the Oak Road Stand.

Leaning against a barrier, in the left hand section as you face the pitch, I witnessed first hand the sight of hundreds of Millwall supporters climbing the Kenilworth Road fences, running onto the pitch and taking up occupancy of the seats in the Bobbers Stand.

I can also recall the sight of the, then, Millwall manager, George Graham, striding across the pitch to plead with the Millwall fans to return to the Kenilworth Road end, only to be greeted with abuse and a hail of broken seats thrown in his direction.

That night, it`s fair to say that Kenilworth Road was a lawless site, the Police were insufficient in numbers to deter the visitors from doing what they want and numerous times, during the match, trouble broke out in various areas of the ground.

It`s fair to say it was a match that most Luton fans were glad when it was over and could make their way home, acutely aware that scenes of carnage were taking place in and around the ground.

It was an experience that many of us will never forget.

Therefore, I hope Paul Buckle is right when he remarked, upon being pressed about the history between the two clubs,

“I don`t foresee any problems.”

“It will be two sets of passionate supporters and it`s our job to concentrate on the game.”


It`ll be interesting to see if the Police impose any conditions relating to the tie, possibly an early kick-off to deter supporters from drinking!

We can but wait and see!