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.’