Date: 25th March 2020 at 10:15am
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Life is certainly very different to what we know at the moment.

With no sign of the Championship season resuming, our diet of football is severely depleted.

We’re in a position where we don’t know when the season will resume or whether or not the Hatters can mount a last gasp relegation escape.

But, to keep Vital Luton Town going and also to keep your interest, please be reassured that we will endeavour to update our content on a regular basis.

Today, our feature article is a trip down memory lane as we venture back to the climax of the 1989 / 1990 season, the 5-May-1990 to be precise and another relegation fight and a trip to the Baseball Ground to face Derby County in the last game of the season.

The Hatters entered the fixture knowing they had to win, whilst also relying on others, to stand a chance of ensuring they retained their status as a top-flight side.

I’ve chosen this game as it features a goal from the hugely under-rated Tim Breaker and it has to be the best goal Breaker scored during his career.

The goal came very early on and from long-range beat the Derby County keeper, Peter Shilton, all ends-up.

Things got better for the huge Hatters travelling support with Kingsley Black giving Luton a 2-0 lead, but it wasn’t to stay that way.

Before half-time Derby managed to score twice with the teams leaving the pitch all square at 2-2.

Knowing they had to win, the Hatters dominated the second half and the likes of Lars Elstrup and Iain Dowie forced Shilton to make some fine saves.

But, with 15 minutes left, Luton got their just reward for a fine performance when a low shot from Kingsley Black put the Hatters 3-2 into the lead.

Luton managed to hang on for those last fifteen minutes and with Sheffield Wednesday losing at home to Nottingham Forest, relegation was avoided by Jim Ryan’s team, on goal difference.

The scenes at the end told a story of their own with the players celebrating in front of their circa 5000 supporters in an era when terraces were common-place and fences kept everyone enclosed.

Were you there that day?

If so, please feel free to share your experiences in the comment facility beneath this article.

If not, relive the day in the video clip below:

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2 Replies to “One Glorious Day For The Luton Support Back In May 1990”

  • I was there along with 6000 other very loud Hatters.We were in the left hand side and I remember Ian Dowie by the corner flag shouting out to us all ” How long left?”…. A resounding reply of three minutes from the crowd kept him smiling ! Journey back down the M1 topped off by happy Sheff Utd fans at the services.They just got promoted and Sheff Weds lost 3 -0 at home and went down when we stayed up….happy days.
    Stay safe and keep well to all you fellow Hatters.

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