Saturday, January 26, 2013

A giant-killing and some glory for Luton

Fans of the sport tune in to see matches like today's FA CUP meeting between Premier League NORWICH CITY and non-league LUTON TOWN.
Scott Rendell's 80th-minute goal gave visiting Luton a famous, 1-0 win at Carrow Road.
The Hatters became the first non-league team to beat top-flight opponents in the FA Cup since Sutton United beat Coventry City in 1989.
The game was a classic cup giant-killing, with Luton playing well enough to stay in the match until late, with Norwich missing chances they normally would easily convert.

The substitute Rendell's goal sent the visiting crowd into ecstasy, and the "minnows" held on for dear life until the final whistle sounded.
But enough of the clich├ęs. This match was a fascinating one for me to see.
Luton were themselves one of the "big clubs" when I was a kid, and were among the top division from 1982-92.
Hard times arrived late last decade, when financial difficulties saw the Hatters dropping down the divisions and ultimately out of the league in 2009 -- the end of an 89-year spell.
That's why today's match was so fun for the neutral. We got to see -- however briefly -- a club's return to glory.

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