O’Cahan you believe it?
Hatters fan John O’Cahan gives his verdict on the latest Kenilworth Road news
SO we’re 15 points adrift. Yes, it’s starting to look impossible after that defeat at Aldershot, and our inability to string two wins together is starting to come back to haunt us.
It’s beginning to look as if all that could save us now is financial meltdown at clubs above us, and the subsequent administration or bankruptcies. As of the time of writing (before the Grimsby game), we are 14 points behind Grimsby and 15 behind Chester.
However, we have a game in hand on Grimsby and two on Chester – if we can somehow put a good string of games together in the run-up to Wembley, then the table starts to look a bit nicer.
You may have seen in The Independent that there was reference to an “un-named source” claiming that a Fourth Division (and it will always be the Fourth Division) side will be unable to fulfil their fixtures.
However, I think we should concentrate on trying to dig ourselves out of the hole ourselves first. It’s of little consequence anyway, because if we do manage to put a winning streak together and catch either Grimsby or Chester, then we will probably catch the other one as well.
This isn’t the first great escape we’ve had, though we’ve not had one of such a great magnitude. However, in my opinion, this is the most important. Dropping out of the Football League would be an absolute catastrophe, not just for this club but for football as a whole.
Someone remarked to me that next season will probably see Luton Town, Oxford United and Wimbledon all playing each other in non-league football. It’s a crazy thought, isn’t it?
Think back to ’83, when Antic tucked it away at Maine Road to keep us up at the expense of Man City. And of 1990, when six points adrift with only three games to go, and surely doomed, we managed to beat Arsenal 2-0 and Crystal Palace 1-0, before that magical 3-2 win over Derby County at the Baseball Ground that saw us stay up on goal difference ahead of Sheffield Wednesday.
This is what it is to support Luton Town. Even if we do go down, I don’t believe it will make that much difference in the long term. 2020’s plans go to... well, 2020.
There’s a long way to go yet. Keep on believing. Our time will come.