Luton fans had their day in the sun this week.
Plenty headlines as they brought seven and a half thousand to St James Park for Saturday’s FA Cup match, more than they have got for some league games at home this season – their average only eight thousand at Kenilworth Road.
Ahead of the game, there was some friction amongst the Luton fans, with hardcore supporters not giving universal support to the idea of sharing their trip with a lot of part-timers and ‘two club fans’ (those locals who choose to support Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool etc and only take interest in Luton when it suits).
The travelling support helped to produce an outstanding crowd of over forty seven thousand for the game, the largest ever at St James Park in the FA Cup under Mike Ashley’s reign.
On Sunday morning, Luton have thanked their fans for the support at yesterday’s match but then got a little hopeful…
The club saying they hope to see all 7,500+ on Tuesday when they host Peterborough in the Checkatrade Trophy!
Luton Town Official Announcement:
‘We would like to say thank you to all of the 7,500-plus Luton Town supporters who filled the away section at St James’ Park yesterday.
The atmosphere was wonderful and you more than played your part in the crowd of 47,069 – Newcastle’s biggest in the Emirates FA Cup for 13 years.
It was the biggest away contingent at St James’ Park since the stadium was redeveloped, and we hope you all had a great day – and night if you were staying on Tyneside to make a weekend of it!
Safe journey back to all Hatters making their way home today – we hope your heads aren’t too sore – and thank you once again for travelling 3.75 million miles in support of Nathan and the team.
As the gaffer said to the Press after the game: “It doesn’t surprise me, but once again they showed the club in a great light. They follow us all over the place – not in numbers of 7,500 but 1,500-2,000s – and at home we get near full houses every week. We’ve given them a team to be proud of and the club is in a real good place at the moment.”
See you back at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday for Peterborough in the Checkatrade Trophy!’
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 3 Luton 1
Goals – Newcastle Perez 30, 36 Shelvey 39
Goals – Luton Hylton 49
Possession was Luton 51% Newcastle 49%
Total shots were Luton 9 Newcastle 25
Shots on target were Luton 2 Newcastle 7
Corners were Luton 7 Newcastle 7
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Woodman, Manquillo, Lascelles (Hayden 31), Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Merino (Saivet 80), Shelvey (Diame 71), Murphy, Perez, Gayle
Darlow, Joselu, Haidara, Aarons
Crowd: 47,069 (Approx 7,500 Luton)
(To read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the FA Cup win go HERE)
(Go HERE to watch the goals and highlights from Newcastle 3 Luton 1)
(Rafa Benitez analysis of win and update on Jamaal Lascelles injury situation HERE)
(Luton boss Nathan Jones gives his perspective on the match HERE)
(Rafa sets new FA Cup attendance record under Mike Ashley – Read it HERE)