THERE haven’t been many great Luton performances in the last couple of years, but every time I watch the Town on one of the numerous TV screens in The Eldon pub in Leeds, it tends to be a special evening.
The first instance of this was our thrilling 1-1 draw with Liverpool last season. Since I had to be in Leeds for an exam early the next day and was convinced that the match couldn’t possibly top the previous 5-3 classic, I settled for watching the match with a beer.
Once the Ginger Maradona had crossed the ball for John Arne Riise (the ‘Ginger Frank Sinclair’?) to kindly give us a replay, the elation was tinged with the disappointment of not being there. However, this disappointment is surely nothing compared to how Lewis Price will feel about missing out on Wembley.
After his two marvellous saves in the Brighton game, The Eldon erupted (well I did!) and Lewis was mobbed by ecstatic pitch invaders.
Price’s on-loan heroics reminded me of the story of Jimmy Glass, the keeper who, having just joined Carlisle, kept them in the Football League with a last-gasp goal, having
gone forward for a corner. With Lewis back on Derby’s bench, I hope Brillo puts his shooting boots on for the Brentford game and seals our miraculous escape (ha ha!).
With our next game on Sky being the JPT final, I should probably head down The Eldon again to make sure we secure the trophy. Not a chance. We’re going to Wembley!