Luton Town fans have experienced the highs and lows in the modern era.

A small club that punched well above its weight when finishing as high as seventh in the top tier in the eighties, as well as winning the League Cup.

Recent years haven’t been so kind with eventually the Hatters dropping down as far as the Conference (now National League) before bouncing back to League Two in 2014.

A small ground and never the biggest fanbase, the Luton Town fans certainly seem to feel their club now has momentum.

Currently top of League Two, drawing a big but struggling Premier League name such as Newcastle United in the FA Cup has certainly fired their interest.

Luton had sold out of their original ticket allocation for the third round tier but now they have given an astonishing update when their ticket office closed at 5pm on Friday.

As it stands, 5,860 Luton Town fans have bought tickets for the game.

Their club revealing that they have only 98 tickets left which are now on sale online, which will take them up to 5,958 in total.

However, they also say that they are currently in the process of agreeing a further ticket allocation and these tickets will go on sale next Thursday (28 December), with the final numbers surely heading to the seven thousand mark or more depending on how many tickets they are given.

I am happy to be proved wrong but whilst I know the likes of Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday have brought around five thousand fans for cup matches in recent times, I can’t remember anybody heading towards as many as seven thousand. In fact , since St James Park was redeveloped back to a 50,000+ capacity, I can’t remember any visiting  club having seven thousand or more inside St James Park.

Obviously much depends on ticket allocations and no doubt the club/Police would be happier giving so many tickets to the likes of Luton rather than a club with more Newcastle rivalry.

The number of tickets Luton Town fans have bought is especially notable when you consider their home average attendance is only 8,366, plus of course the distance involved.

Luton Town Official Announcement – Friday 22 December 5pm:

‘The Ticket Office would like to advise that we currently have just 98 tickets available from an allocation of 5,958 for the Emirates FA Cup third round tie at Newcastle United on Saturday January 6th.

These tickets are still available on general sale, online only.

We are currently in discussion with Newcastle regarding a further and final allocation.

These tickets will be available to purchase online, in person or via phone from 10am on THURSDAY 28th DECEMBER.

Once again, we thank all of our supporters for the wonderful response to buying tickets for this match, and for your ongoing patience during the sales process.’

  • Soldier

    It`s a great day out for them, playing a Premiership side with a fantastic stadium & a great City to visit. hope the little guys enjoy every minute. as long as they don`t win

  • Albert Stubbins

    Can’t see in being quite like Chelsea circa 1983 somehow!! Fair play to them all the same.

  • Whickhamrobbie

    Let them come and enjoy a good day/weekend out .
    Given our form an upset could happen so fair play to all who make the trip up .

    • Jezza

      Given our form it’ll be an upset if we win.

      • gallowgate26

        I was going to say… Could there be so many of them coming because they know they’ve a great chance, given our current form, recent record in cups and them scoring for fun!!! You’d like to think class will tell, but not necessarily and don’t we know it!

      • Whickhamrobbie

        Yes but remember Gateshead have played them more recently in the league than so if we are scared of an upset then we are deeply in the mire.

  • Grahame Johnson

    If we could sell 40000 tickets to toon fans it would be a great pay day for the hatters, their fans will get a surprise when they find out pubs,clubs,etc welcome them and they can wander around the toon

    • holbeachhatter

      We took more to the 59 Cup final I attended but really looking forward to visiting a proper football club – yr comment re. a surprise are most welcome – just hope Stavely takeover happens and Rafa given some money to put you up where you belong

      • HappyToons

        1973 you won 2-0 when we had Super Mac up front. There was a big crowd and a few (not many) Luton fans in the old stand banging their seats after you went 2 up. Think Eric Morecombe was there.

        • holbeachhatter

          You stole Super Mac for £180K and he scored a hatrick against L’pool on debut :)

          • Leazes Ender

            You can have him back.

  • Tomb

    They’re not a big club but have had some recent success winning a cup in the 80s and spells in the top flight. They also knocked us out of the cup in the Keegan days. I would say they could easily get back to the championship in time.

    • James Bancroft

      Recent? 80s? 😂

      • Geordiegiants

        Well it’s a lot more recent than our winning history.

  • Mitros gotta start

    Load of crap…..rangers brought 20,000 for a pre season friendly in 2004

    • HappyToons

      That was the loudest noise since I began in 1970. Interestingly pre premiership there wasn’t any great set of away fans for noise over the years. Boro and Carlisle were better than Sunderland, and that’s not saying much. It must have been the terror of arriving at St James Park when there wasn’t one friendly pub. Ending up in the Gallowgate early 70’s or the Leazes corner after, must have been a real culture shock. Newcastle always found the pubs near any away ground (except Milwall and West Ham) and some invasions were impressive like WBA away in the cup, Spurs, Liverpool, Sheff U, Bolton etc.

      Rangers and Celtic are impressive, but half of Scotland and half of Ireland follow them when they come south of the border, as can be seen by their buses from all over Scotland and N Ireland that day, plus some cockneys!

      • Albert Stubbins

        Millwall in 89 I was in Canterbury arms with a few other likely lads. Boro was much more a stearner test I promise you!!

        • Geordiegiants

          Aysome Park was a very hard place to go.

      • Mitros gotta start

        Aye…they were impressive….i think we won 4-1 or 4-2….dyer and bellamy on the scoresheet….i met a newly signed on paddy kluivert in the foyer before the match

      • Geordiegiants

        Leeds have always been the loudest away fans at St James in my opinion.

    • gallowgate26

      Still impressive though considering Luton don’t even get 15k home fans!

  • Earth Heart

    Looking forward to coming – love Newcastle, great city and had the best ever tapas round the coast at South Shields!

    • Jezza

      Tapas in Shields eh? Things have obviously changed there since I was a kid in the 70’s. Back then it was all saveloys.

    • Blackburn1066

      I hope you have a good time

  • Jezza

    I remember beating Luton’s blanket ban on away fans at Kenilworth Road back in the 80’s three times. Every time I was curious as to how many other Newcastle fans had made it into the ground knowing I would only find out when we scored. Needless to say we never scored in any of those three games!

    • Blackburn1066

      I remember when we had a good team!

      • Geordiegiants

        Well it wasn’t then. 😁

  • TheFatController

    Didn’t Leeds bring 7k a few years ago for the League Cup tie ? Hopefully we sell a fair few and it’s a good cup tie, no point having 7k away fans in level 7 and just 20k elsewhere ….

  • gallowgate26

    Bought a ticket on the online system last night (East stand, not my usual Gallowgate one). There are still vast swaths of unsold Level 5/ Upper Gallowate / corner tickets. Despite being on General sale since 15th December. The club could probably give Luton Town another 5,000 tickets if the authorities allow it…

  • Jimmy Tennyson

    Lets not forget Luton took 42,000 fans to Wembley when winning the johnson paint trophy.

  • Andy Mac

    Should make a great atmosphere especially as most of the hand sitting ST holders wont go leaving room for real fans ?

  • Kenny Ivey

    Small fanbase? How many clubs have taken 46,000 to wembley (which Luton did in 2009). Journo needs to do more research!

    • Kenny Ivey

      Average home gate is 8,500 as the ancient ground only holds 10,000 lmao