I’m sure no Luton fan needs reminding that 10 years ago today was one of the brightest days in the club’s history, in one of the darkest seasons we have ever had to endure, but with everything now looking up, it seems like a good time to reflect on what has been a crazy period, even by our standards!
Of course on this day back in 2009, 40,000 of us graced the trains, planes and motorways to make our way to Wembley Stadium, to watch Kevin Nicholls deliver a masterful performance and guide us to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
For those of my age, old enough to have been alive for the 1988 Littlewoods Cup success, but not quite fully remember everything about it without videos and newspaper clippings, April 5 2009 is arguably the best day we have experienced as Luton fans, as goals from Chris Martin, Tom Craddock and Claude Gnakpa sent us delirious in one of the best Cup finals the new Wembley Stadium has ever seen.
Sadly what followed was five years of sheer hell, trekking up and down the country to places I’d never heard of, towns I thought were made up in fictional TV programmes, suffering the failure to get promoted from a Conference division we should never have been in to begin with.
Finally there was light at the end of the tunnel as John Still turned the Hatters juggernaut around and got us out of the abyss of what is now the National League, before passing the baton on to Nathan Jones.
After the rollercoaster took another nasty turn with a failed play-off campaign, we were soon up another division and now we sit on the verge of a return to the second tier, the division we were in when the slide originally began.
Four more wins guarantee a return of Championship football to Kenilworth Road next term, and if the last 10 years have taught me anything, it is to really enjoy the last five weeks of the season.
As Luton fans, we know better than anyone that nobody knows what is around the corner in football. This might just be as good as it gets.
For the second time in five seasons, our club is in the middle of a 27 match unbeaten run, one which will hopefully be extended against Blackpool on Saturday.
Our team is playing fantastic football, we have a new stadium on the horizon and training facilities which are the envy of many. There is so much to enjoy about supporting our club at the minute, and after the ups and downs we’ve endured since that wonderful day at Wembley 10 years ago, nobody can claim that we don’t deserve it.